Walt Disney had several bankruptcies before he built Disneyland.
Famous sculptor Rodin failed 3 times to gain admittance to the school of art.
Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he finally succeeded.
Babe Ruth, considered by sports historians to be the greatest athlete of all time and famous for setting home run records, also holds the record for the most strike-outs.
Winston Churchill failed 6th grade. He became prime Minister of England at age 62, only after a lifetime of defeats and setbacks.
18 publishers turned down Richard Bach’s novel, Jonathon Livingston Seagull. Macmillan finally published it in 1970. By 1975, it had sold over 7 million copies.
Richard Hooker worked 7 years on his humorous war novel, Mash, only to have it rejected by 21 publishers before one decided to publish it. It became a runaway best seller, a blockbuster movie, and a highly successful TV series.
Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much”.
Michael Jordan, after being cut from his high school basketball team, went home, locked himself in his room, and cried.
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and “having no original ideas”.
Steve Jobs, at 30, was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.
Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”.
The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studios, who said “We don’t like their sound- they have no future in show business.”
Jimmy Smith injured his back after a 40 year butcher career. He tried network marketing at age 62 and failed for years. But he loved the numbers, and kept going. By age 85, he’s made over 36 million dollars.
If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson
“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and the how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
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