I’m a sucker for success stories, one who does nothing but study success, find new ways to succeed, and loves to see the underdogs win through hard work and effort. Life is about perseverance and determination. Intelligence, smarts, and whit do not determine an individual’s or even a group’s success and in my opinion, can often prevent success. The right mix can enhance success exponentially. I found this today and thought it was very neat, very true, and something that everyone should remember.
This article highlights famous people who are extremely well known and successful and had failed numerous times.
For instance, this guy didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, his later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
~ Bill Gates
This individual had a hard time selling his product at first. In fact, his famous secret recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it. His recipe involved pressure deep frying chicken, which is today Kentucky Fried Chicken.
~ Colonel Sanders
He didn’t always show such promise. He did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics. Most of us think of his name as a genius.
He wasn’t always as well regarded as he is today. He struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he was the ripe old age of 62. This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom.
She faced a hard beginning, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.” Most people know of her as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world.
Before her stardom, she published a series of novels while nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. She went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination. Today she is rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough.
~J. K. Rowling
Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best athlete of all time was actually cut from his high school team. Luckily, he didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” 6 NBA championships and 5 MVP’s.