16 Most Inspiring Famous Failures

by KennethFoo 120 replies
I wrote and submit this articles to Ezinearticles 4 years ago and has constantly receive significant amount of views. This is a really good piece of article so I decided to share it with my fellow warriors.

To succeed in business or life. I come to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world's richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only $US50 back then.

2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn't! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. His reputation has inspired - and in many cases intimidated - composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music - a deaf man composing music, ironic isn't!

5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank "didn't have enough common sense to serve the customers".

7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".

8. Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.

9. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the "100 Greatest Britons", participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.

10. Steven Spielberg is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

11. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics". However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"

12. In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and cannot act. That didn't deter her at all! She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century's most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon.

13. John Grisham's first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors even alive in the 21st century.

14. Henry Ford's first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world. He not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and Europe, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. His combination of mass production, high wages and low prices to consumers has initiated a management school known as "Fordism". He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.

15. Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation during a job interview as "engineer" after World War Two. He continued to be jobless until his neighbors starting buying his "home-made scooters". Subsequently, he set out on his own to start his own company. Honda. Today, the Company has grown to become the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the most profitable automakers - beating giant automaker such as GM and Chrysler. With a global network of 437 subsidiaries, Honda develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars.

16. Akio Morita, founder of giant electric household products, Sony Corporation, first product was an electric rice cooker, only sold 100 cookers (because it burned rice rather than cooking). Today, Sony is generating US$66 billion in revenue and ranked as the world's 6th largest electronic and electrical company.

Add your own list if you have a fantastic stories about a successful person. I'm pretty sure the warrios will appreciate your contribution.

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  • Profile picture of the author SuccessWarrior
    Abraham Lincoln and Soichiro Honda were the first to come to my mind when I saw the title of the thread. Glad to see they both made the cut. Great list, thanks for sharing.
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    Thank for sharing and a big thank for u
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    That was a nice read Kenneth. I guess failure is a great motivation for people who take lessons from it and do better the next time. I believe that's why those famous people achieved great success after failing. I really liked Einstein's and Honda's story. Telling what they cannot do or turning them down work great on some people.
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    • Profile picture of the author ccora
      These are great reminders that failures are basically learning experiences to help us for eventual success. Many thanks for this post.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Parkhouse
        Thanks for the post.

        My motto is that if I'm not failing regularly, then I'm not pushing hard enough!

        I've just started reading about Abraham Lincoln, and the guy really is an inspiration. He had so many failures and setbacks in his life, but he kept moving on regardless. It would have been easy for him to quit and say I've had enough of this, but he didn't, and in the end he achieved his goal.

        Its a bit like baseball really (a sport I've just recently started watching). Sometimes you get a base hit. Sometimes its a home run. Most of the time its a strike out. The key is to keep swinging the bat!

        Paul.
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  • Profile picture of the author omoblessed
    They all demostrated that through persistence any obstacles can be smarshed for success attained.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
    The Abraham Lincoln one was a surprise to me. I knew about the little formal education; but what were the 12 major failures?
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Parkhouse
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      The Abraham Lincoln one was a surprise to me. I knew about the little formal education; but what were the 12 major failures?
      He had a business that failed (more than 1?)

      Rejected for law school

      Went bankrupt

      Spent 17 years in debt

      Lost his job

      Ran for state legislature and lost

      Ran for congress and lost (twice)

      Ran for senate and lost

      and there were quite a few more.
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      • Profile picture of the author KennethFoo
        This is what i found on the web
        • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
        • 1818 His mother died.
        • 1831 Failed in business.
        • 1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
        • 1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
        • 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
        • 1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
        • 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
        • 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
        • 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
        • 1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
        • 1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
        • 1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
        • 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
        • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
        • 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
        • 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
        • 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
        • 1860 Elected president of the United States.

        Lincoln could have given up several times in his lifetime..but he didn’t.
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        • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
          Originally Posted by KennethFoo View Post

          This is what i found on the web
          • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
          • 1818 His mother died.
          • 1831 Failed in business.
          • 1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
          • 1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
          • 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
          • 1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
          • 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
          • 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
          • 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
          • 1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
          • 1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
          • 1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
          • 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
          • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
          • 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
          • 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
          • 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
          • 1860 Elected president of the United States.

          Lincoln could have given up several times in his lifetime..but he didn’t.

          Never knew this about Lincoln. Thats a lot of failure before winning at something (the Presidency).
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    • Profile picture of the author KingOfMusic
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      The Abraham Lincoln one was a surprise to me. I knew about the little formal education; but what were the 12 major failures?
      I saw his one in detail somewhere last time and it was really amazing, I found this on Google:
      A list of Abraham Lincoln’s Failures:
      Lost job, 1832
      Defeated for legislature, 1832
      Failed in business, 1833
      Elected to legislature, 1834
      Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
      Had nervous breakdown, 1836
      Defeated for Speaker, 1838
      Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
      Elected to Congress, 1846
      Lost renomination, 1848
      Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
      Defeated for Senate, 1854
      Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
      Again defeated for Senate, 1858
      Elected President, 1860

      Credit to: Famous Failures – Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan and More

      Thanks for sharing your article Kenneth!

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    Accidentally double posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    Einstein's story is amazing--he couldn't even get a job in physics so he had to work as a patent clerk. He told his family he was a failure.

    But his job at the patent office gave him a lot of extra time for the 'thought experiments' that lead to his major theories.
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
    Nice.
    Good thing you did not include the Online Gurus because it will fill up this whole page. They battle scars and battle stories that will make any IM cry :p
    Just wondering why is Steve Jobs not there?
    Nikola Tesla should be there but unfortunately overshadowed by Edison?

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    You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair
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    • Profile picture of the author Simon Willis
      Jing Quimpo
      -chinese proverb-
      You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair”[/QUOTE]

      How do you stop the birds of sadness (aka powers that be, government bureaucrats, private, hackers etc) shatting on you from a great height?
      I guess wear a hat (aka protection, fortify, take action etc.)
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  • Profile picture of the author PepperVA
    As they say, if there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

    A very useful and inspiring post Kenneth. Great thanks!
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    Where there's a will, there' always a way.
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  • Profile picture of the author HolyWarrior
    There's an abundance of people like this, that's why many success coaches like Bob Proctor and Anthony Robbins really connect with their audience in regards to personal history, because they came from a place of massive failure where they had next to nothing, then rose up to become resounding successes.
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    • Profile picture of the author KennethFoo
      Originally Posted by SEO Agency View Post

      Wonderful beat, I enjoy reading this...
      I'm glad you like it

      Originally Posted by Alfredo Carrion View Post

      Where there's a will, there' always a way.
      Very true, always know what you want.

      Originally Posted by PepperVA View Post

      As they say, if there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

      A very useful and inspiring post Kenneth. Great thanks!
      You're welcome PepperVA, good luck on your success!
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      • Profile picture of the author Keith Green
        Very useful and inspiring thread Kenneth. Amazing success stories. These stories reminds me that mistakes and failure are our gud teachers and we can learn lot from our failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author kangtj
    Thanks for great post, those people really give inspirations to the world. I think to gain success, we must focus and persistence, even we must struggle and face some bad days.
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    Very inspiring, I love reading this, very nice thread, like other I still wonder why don't include Abraham Lincoln.
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  • Profile picture of the author hisham88
    Great post. Enjoy reading this. Where there's a will, there's always a way.
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  • Profile picture of the author CharlieFiverr
    Thanks Ken for the list. I love reading stories like this!

    To add to the list...Donald Trump

    << From Wikipedia.com >>

    Donald Trump (billionaire, business tycoon, television personality and author)
    In 2011, Trump ranked No. 17 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

    Early Failure (1989–1997)


    By 1989, the effects of the recession left Trump unable to meet loan payments. Trump financed the construction of his third casino, the $1 billion Taj Mahal.... by 1991 increasing debt brought Trump to business bankruptcy and the brink of personal bankruptcy.


    Banks and bond holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but opted to restructure his debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court.
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    • Profile picture of the author Aubrey Chen
      So really, the biggest winners are the biggest losers ;

      OR

      The biggest winners are those who are not afraid to lose.

      Great post, I love reading inspiring success stories!

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      • Profile picture of the author islandbreezes
        Originally Posted by Aubrey Chen View Post

        So really, the biggest winners are the biggest losers ;

        OR

        The biggest winners are those who are not afraid to lose.

        Aubrey
        So True!! When you believe in an idea, work hard and never give up... eventually good will come!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    First to come to my mind was of course Einstein, guess he was the "most popular failure", at least in my circles.. It nice to read stories like these.
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  • Thankyou for this post. Very inspiring.

    "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."

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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Spielberg's story really touched me. He probably had AD/HD right? In those dark ages, people did not know about things like AD/HD and they were locking kids out of society. And they were putting new-moms in mental hospitals because of what we know as post-partum depression nowadays.

    Thanks Kenneth, it was a nice read.
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    Thanks man. Very very motivational. Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Helena33
      Thomas Edison did 9000+ experiments before creating his first successful lightbulb?! Talk about perseverance! Thanks for sharing this inspiring post and showing us how if we all kept working hard towards our goals and never give up, we could also succeed and we don't have to be born geniuses to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Newview
    Thank you for the great post! It takes the pain out of failure and replaces it with positive thoughts. Guess it really is true - out of the diseasters and the ashes grow the roses of success!
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRohades
    indeed an inspiration...didnt know licoln has to go trhough alot of that...but as they say "try and try until you succeed"
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  • Profile picture of the author islandbreezes
    This is a motivating post! Great idea... and to add to your inspiring people:

    Colonel Sanders of KFC...
    AFter his restaurant was closed by a new highway being built where it stood -at age 60 -- he retired... but then decided to franchise out his special fried chicken recipe...

    so, at 65 years old, he traveled by car to restaurant owners -cooking up the chicken on the spot, and if the owner liked the chicken, they would sell the Colonel's fried chicken (the "franchise").
    He was told "no" 1,009 times before he got his first "yes"! Talk about resilience!

    By 1964, he had 600 franchises selling his trademark fried chicken.

    Home Depot creators/owners -Bernie Marcus + Arthur Blank were fired from "Handy Dan"
    --so, they opened their own home-improvement store with an entire store of discounts and grew in less than 10 years to an enormous success.


    and I just read this:
    "A Baltimore TV producer told Oprah that she was "unfit for television news"

    Evening news reporter Oprah Winfrey couldn’t help but get emotionally invested in her stories. Theproducer of Baltimore’s WJZ-TV got fed up and pulled her off the air. As a consolation, he offered her a role on a daytime TV show.
    Winfrey was initially heartbroken. At the time, daytime TV was a huge step down from the evening news. Her sadness quickly faded as the show, People Are Talking, became a hit.That success help Oprah find her true calling as a talk show host."


    Thanks so much for this great thread and topic!
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    That was an awesome job you did giving us all that information good research and thought. I should add the story of Shaka Zulu who the only person that believed in him was his mother.
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    • Profile picture of the author C3
      Many thanks for this inspiring thread! Just goes to show that persistence pays
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    Awesome post! Everyone just keep after it.

    I am bookmarking this page
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    • Profile picture of the author Ehanson
      Very nice post.

      I was just thinking about famous failures the other day. Thomas Edison is often quoted as restating the "failure" of his experiments as finding out "what doesn't work" which only drove him more. Your post also show many times other people's opinions about your talent, looks, skill, etc... are just that- their opinions and not fact.

      Imagine if he gave up on trying to create the light bulb or any of those other famous "failures" gave up on their dreams. It would be quite a different world today.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugeneoconnell
    Very inspiring post indeed. Happy to come along with posts like this, gives me more inspiration to focus on my goals and not to my failures. Thanks a lot for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    Great stuff!

    There's always such an interesting story behind people. The ups and downs that led to success or fame always comes with an intriguing set of circumstances.

    This is a good compilation with a real variety of people from all walks of life.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author HannahJohn
    These 16 personalities are the well known of today age and they have complete authority in their specific fields and they are legends too. But question is this how they get this current status. Surely they have struggle hard for achieving their goal and never give up no matter what happen with them. So keep trying and consistency is the main things for getting success in any field.
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    Thanks for the post !! Good information to make you not to give up !!
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    Great thread. Thanks for the information
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Groom
    I think failure is common amongst all the people who have made it big time. Once they have made it thats all we focus on, but behind the scenes and behind story is infact lots of failure. What sets these people apart is that they are the ones that stuck with it.

    I forgot who it was but one famous entreprenuer once said each he saw each hurdle he came to as a test for how much he actually wanted to succeed!

    Very funny to see what other people had written about them...just goes to show how wrong people can be.

    Always remember the manager who turned down the "beatles" because he claimed they would never sell any music!!
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    Interesting thing about 6). Someone actually said that about him.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaywebdev
    Very inspiring! We all know that everyone is not perfect and failures makes us strong to do something that it will never happened again. I know everyone of us wants to become like them. Nothing is impossible as long as we have the goal, faith, strategy and luck!

    I love reading inspiring story! I guess I'll make it a habit in order for me to work harder! Good luck to everyone!

    I believe WF members has one goal! cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucas Adamski
    Thanks, it helps me to remind myself that my next mistake will get me closer to my goal. So it helps me to accept them easier and flow
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    You stop learning when you stop failing....... It means you are not pushing your boundaries far enough..
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  • Profile picture of the author powell747
    Thanks for the inspirational stories, they are all so amazing, it gives me courage to never give up!
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    It was a nice thread, I love it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Hewitt
      This should be required reading for all teachers and parents. Great post!!!
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    That is a good post.
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeUK
      Great post, it's this kind of info that needs to be shown to the naysayers that believe it is all down to luck and circumstance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Auswarrior996
      So what can we take from these successful people with low beginnings ?

      For me I'd say it's belief they had in themselves, and possibly more than anything, they had a vision.

      I think persistence without a vision and strong belief accounts for little if anything at all. I think you also need to love what you do, and I think these people would have done there work free of charge.

      Passion = Desire

      Strong belief in Desire or Will = Postive feelings (vibrations)

      Positive feelings of faith in vision = Action

      Strong belief + continuous action in desired vision = Goal achieved
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Here's a few more to add to your list ...

      • Sam Walton (Founder Walmart)
      • Will Smith (Movie Actor)
      • William Fox (Founder 20th Century Fox Studios)
      • James Folger (Founder Folgers Coffee)
      • Donald Buick (Founder Buick Motors)
      • Conrad Hilton (Founder Hilton Hotels)
      • H.J Heinz (Founder Heinz Catsup)
      • P. Diddy (Hip Hop Mogul)
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      • Profile picture of the author SEOLIX
        Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

        Here's a few more to add to your list ...

        • Sam Walton (Founder Walmart)
        • Will Smith (Movie Actor)
        • William Fox (Founder 20th Century Fox Studios)
        • James Folger (Founder Folgers Coffee)
        • Donald Buick (Founder Buick Motors)
        • Conrad Hilton (Founder Hilton Hotels)
        • H.J Heinz (Founder Heinz Catsup)
        • P. Diddy (Hip Hop Mogul)
        Thanks The Niche Man - if someone can post a bit more info about them that's awesome. Right now I'm Googling on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin101
    Thanks for your great sharing !!!
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    fantastic,...

    brilliant minds!
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  • Profile picture of the author Renavon
    Thanks for sharing, its amazing how some of the most successful and famous people in the world failed multiple times before making their debut. Just goes to show, how you learn from your mistakes
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  • Profile picture of the author Vikki
    Dang those are some great failure and lesson for us to learn that the achievers are do not fall from sky but make themselves...
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    great list!
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  • Profile picture of the author mathman
    These are really inspiring, I knew about some of the most famous failures (and subsequent successes) like Lincoln, but I never knew about Steven Spielberg and Henry Ford.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Marketeer
      Thanks for sharing your very inspiring article,

      I read sometime ago that Walt Disney based his characters on modified versions of stories from public domain books. Can anyone confirm this?
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    Not to be a buzzkill, but Bill Gates had a very calculated plan, plus his family's money and connections helped him. Not that those made him successful, but his entrepreneurial romanticism is overplayed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    thanks for such an inspirational post!!

    we can be super successful even though sometimes we do make mistakes
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    I agree, this post should be sticky and must-read for all of the WF members.
    Success without failures is not as delicious as success with failures...

    "You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how WINNING is done!"

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  • Great list! It reminds me of the quote from Harry S. Truman:

    "A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who make opportunities of his difficulties."

    Harry S. Truman
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    Great read. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinBolty
    Nice write-up!

    All best in life is reserved for bravest people. Sometimes we are afraid to leave school or job, beacause everyone around us thinks we're doing something wrong. But the truth is that you should only listen to yourself, and to your hearth...

    Then you will be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rohm
    Originally Posted by KennethFoo View Post

    I wrote and submit this articles to Ezinearticles 4 years ago and has constantly receive significant amount of views. This is a really good piece of article so I decided to share it with my fellow warriors.

    To succeed in business or life. I come to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

    1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world's richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only back then.

    2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

    3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn't! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

    4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. His reputation has inspired - and in many cases intimidated - composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music - a deaf man composing music, ironic isn't!

    5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

    6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank "didn't have enough common sense to serve the customers".

    7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".

    8. Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.

    9. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the "100 Greatest Britons", participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.

    10. Steven Spielberg is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

    11. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics". However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"

    12. In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and cannot act. That didn't deter her at all! She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century's most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon.

    13. John Grisham's first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors even alive in the 21st century.

    14. Henry Ford's first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world. He not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and Europe, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. His combination of mass production, high wages and low prices to consumers has initiated a management school known as "Fordism". He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.

    15. Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation during a job interview as "engineer" after World War Two. He continued to be jobless until his neighbors starting buying his "home-made scooters". Subsequently, he set out on his own to start his own company. Honda. Today, the Company has grown to become the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the most profitable automakers - beating giant automaker such as GM and Chrysler. With a global network of 437 subsidiaries, Honda develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars.

    16. Akio Morita, founder of giant electric household products, Sony Corporation, first product was an electric rice cooker, only sold 100 cookers (because it burned rice rather than cooking). Today, Sony is generating US$66 billion in revenue and ranked as the world's 6th largest electronic and electrical company.

    Add your own list if you have a fantastic stories about a successful person. I'm pretty sure the warrios will appreciate your contribution.

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    Great list of great men.

    Thanks.

    I would like to add Sly Stallone (featured in a thread here).

    Before Sly became a massive success in Rocky, he was so desperate that he hocked his wife's jewelry (which led to his divorce) and his beloved dog for $25--and bought back the dog for $15,000 plus a part in the first Rocky movie.

    Sly was able to buy back his beloved dog after he accepted $35,000 for the script and the lead role.

    Earlier, he was offered (while dirt poor after selling his dog) $300,000 BUT with NO lead role.

    It took a lot of guts to reject $300,000 (no lead role)---and accept $35,000 with a lead role. The rest is history.

    The producers thought Sly was uncharismatic, ugly and has this droopy mouth that was grotesque. He talked funny, too. Eventually, all these qualities are what endeared movie fans.

    Here Tony Robbins talking about Sly:

    http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&ta...w=1311&bih=597
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  • Profile picture of the author msmir75
    Thanks so much for the list. The next time I am rejected for something (and it always happens) I will come back to this list to remind me that something better for me is out there. These individuals who had failed so many times became extremely successful because they believed in themselves. Here is another example.

    Dr. Temple Grandin is an author, lecturer, animal scientist and owns a livestock business. She was born in 1947 and was quite obviously developmentally delayed. She was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and back in those days there was very little knowledge about it. People with autism back then were locked up. And her father was ready to throw her into an institution but her mother did not want to do that and was prepared to work with her and get her intense help because her mother believed in her, even after receiving a very grim (at the time) diagnosis for her daughter. Temple had a rough childhood, was obviously speech delayed and had no social skills. But over the years and while dealing with a lot of humiliation which made her learn how to cope in life the hard way, she found her passion which was anything to do with livestock. What the key motivator for Temple was her grade 10 science teacher's words of encouragement. He told her to turn her creations (that other teachers that she had believed were just eccentric) into something amazing and helpful for people in the future, but in order for her to do that she needed to work hard in school and make an effort to better her social skills. But he saw a hidden brilliance in her. She never had forgotten her science teacher's words of encouragement and her mother's faith in her. Even with having autism, Temple was determined to succeed and she achieved her goals and dreams.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_R
    awesome post very very inspiring and what i needed thnks
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    Very inspiring storys, it is these kind of things that we thing as bad in our life.
    But when we see the whole picture we can see how it that this bad thing that actually happened in someone life it's probably the best thing that happened to them.

    By the way you should mention Steve Jobs, his life fits in these kind of storys too.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitmaster7
    A huge thank you for sharing this! Great research. I'd like to share it with a few teenagers who think that if they don't get straight A's, life is over.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitmaster7
    Let's not forget Jesus, who was reviled and killed like a common criminal, but is still the basis of a major world religion and the Savior of the World!
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    Haha I was going to say michael jordan but you mentioned him already. Great list! Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulpower
    Thank you for this post. For me there should be 17 great failiures.

    Richard Branson, who started a lot of companies under the virgin banner, but whose first company was a mail order company he founded from a phone box in Oxfordshire I think.

    Although that eventually went bust, he went on to create extreme wealth, and also take part in some hair raising things, but his love for life remains uppermost in my mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seleon
    That is a great share, just wonder if any of these people had given up half way through their journey how the world would have been unfortunate without their innovation. Failure is not a failure if you take it as a learning block to your final success.
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  • Profile picture of the author mariazz
    They truly are the warriors..Very inspiring to see their names.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Great post! It is indeed inspiring! Look at where those people have done and gone. They've experienced a lot of failure but they never gave up.
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  • Profile picture of the author greggp
    Simply a comment... If you don't know how it feels to fail, then how will you know when you've won?
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    Yes, thank your for the inspirations...

    Failure do not make us fail, stop doing that make us fail.

    Failure will not become failure, until we stop before succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    These are great stories. Reminds me of a favorite Japanese saying, "Fall down seven times, stand up eight."
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  • Profile picture of the author kirajx
    Should add Steve Jobs into the list
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  • Profile picture of the author WakondaMarketing
    THat was a very nice read. It doesn't matter how many times you failed. It is all about standing up and fighting despite several failures. If you failed 7 times, stand up 8.
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    Thank you for sharing ..
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Maybe you'd have also noted that Mandela was in prison for 27 years.

    In life to be successful you MUST pay the price first unlike in a restaurant where you eat and pay later. By the way, once you pay the price success is guaranteed.
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    Never say Die !

    Great article, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    It's good to know when you fail so many times, you are not alone :-) But one must learn from those failures in order to reach the big success.
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    Great thread! These people are really an inspiration!
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    Like everyone else has said: Great post! I love success stories, and there were a few that I wasn't even aware of until reading the OP.
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  • Profile picture of the author chelsean
    Wow. These are fantastic. I guess we are what we say we are, not what other tell us. If that were the case, we wouldn't have this great list of extraordinary people who have accomplished plenty in their lifetime. Thanks for thethread. Great reading and very inspiring!
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    Thanks for more contribution
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  • Profile picture of the author payperman1000
    If you really think about it, Success is just failure turned inside out...so be thankful for failures because it speeds your learning process
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    Henry Ford and Thomas Edison are probably the most brilliant to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Nobody's perfect here guys. Even if you are very successful right now, there are times that you might fail. You really can't predict when it will happen, you just have to prepare for the worst. Take for example, Kodak was one of the biggest photography companies that I've ever seen, and I'm not even surprised that they filed for bankruptcy last week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abdullah
    Excellent article brother!

    Only Bill Gates was never the worlds richest man - considering Griselda Blanco (look her up, she was release from prison in 1997 never to be seen again) made over $200 BILLION (I know she's not a man!) and David Rothschild, head of the international banking cartel is reportedly worth $500 TRILLION.

    But yes still - excellent article - I love it.
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  • Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison, great stories. I've heard about them many times just like Sylvester Stallone story. Brian Tracy often gives examples in his lectures. I mean target. Each of these great men have come a long way, but do not give up. Each fall is the experience, the more times you fall - then you are closer to success! I recommend videos about success with Brian Tracy, Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Anthony Robbins !
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    Inspiring post it is. Thanks for sharing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedSealCanada
    Originally Posted by KennethFoo View Post

    I wrote and submit this articles to Ezinearticles 4 years ago and has constantly receive significant amount of views. This is a really good piece of article so I decided to share it with my fellow warriors.

    To succeed in business or life. I come to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

    1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world's richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only back then.

    2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

    3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn't! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

    4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. His reputation has inspired - and in many cases intimidated - composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music - a deaf man composing music, ironic isn't!

    5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

    6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank "didn't have enough common sense to serve the customers".

    7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".

    8. Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.

    9. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the "100 Greatest Britons", participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.

    10. Steven Spielberg is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

    11. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics". However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"

    12. In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and cannot act. That didn't deter her at all! She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century's most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon.

    13. John Grisham's first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors even alive in the 21st century.

    14. Henry Ford's first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world. He not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and Europe, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. His combination of mass production, high wages and low prices to consumers has initiated a management school known as "Fordism". He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.

    15. Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation during a job interview as "engineer" after World War Two. He continued to be jobless until his neighbors starting buying his "home-made scooters". Subsequently, he set out on his own to start his own company. Honda. Today, the Company has grown to become the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the most profitable automakers - beating giant automaker such as GM and Chrysler. With a global network of 437 subsidiaries, Honda develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars.

    16. Akio Morita, founder of giant electric household products, Sony Corporation, first product was an electric rice cooker, only sold 100 cookers (because it burned rice rather than cooking). Today, Sony is generating US$66 billion in revenue and ranked as the world's 6th largest electronic and electrical company.

    Add your own list if you have a fantastic stories about a successful person. I'm pretty sure the warrios will appreciate your contribution.

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    Great post. Ever wonder how many of those people are/were Asperger's? Most of your list.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobbydiraag
    Many people forget that failure is just a stepping stone that must be walked on to achieve success. Those that see success without failure soon lose that success because they have not felt the bitter blow..
    Success and failure go hand in hand but I feel that success needs to be ahead..Of course!!
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  • Profile picture of the author writerforhire
    Persistence breaks down resistance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chloe Emerson
    When you are in the midst of the fight, and all seems lost around you, it's a comfort to know there are those who have gone before us, who, with great temerity of soul, conquered failure, and lived to fight another day.

    Thanks for the post, very inspirational!
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  • Profile picture of the author johndev
    I will never be able to know about these things like this as it this posted here.Really an inspirational one from you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jami Pagan
    They are great failures, think if any one of them had given up, how our world had be different, if you think in that thought you understand the importance of never giving up!
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  • Profile picture of the author abigailmullen
    Great share, they're such an inspiration to most of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author dugu56
    Nice read indeed! Failure and than ground breaking success. Inspiring people with great achievements
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryKathan
    I like this - from both sides.

    1.) Believe in yourself no matter what.
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    2.) Do NOT put other people down - everyone has greatness in them in some form, it just might not be in the same way as you !
    I hate to think of all the great things that would now be in this world that were never invented because someone took the confidence away from the "would be inventor".
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  • Profile picture of the author Lin Raj
    Thank you for listing them as failures as success comes after failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Willis
    Thank you! - have similar somewhere on my MS1Note , can't find, so have Ctrl C & Ctrl V 'd it. I would add simonaw as #17 except he has yet to achieve the tag bits about "famous", "inspiring", "successful"; (Not all true but "let not the truth get in the way of a good story" .

    Meanwhile a nice poem to share:

    "It Couldn't be Done" by Edgar Guest

    Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
    But, he with a chuckle replied
    That "maybe it couldn't" but he would be one
    Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

    So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn't be done, as he did it.

    Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
    At least no one we know has done it";
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
    And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.

    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn't be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophesy failure;
    There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.

    But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

    That cannot be done, and you'll do it
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    (short version: "action!")
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  • Profile picture of the author nadia712
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's all too common for people to believe that the success people see is down to luck. It's always, always hard work to succeed, and the path is almost always strewn with numerous failures. We all need to be reminded often that everyone is on a roughly even playing field - it's those who overcome the failures we all face that will ultimately succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    This is a truly inspiring post. this reminds us to be persistent. These wonderful people never did have any failure, at least onto their minds. These are just setbacks that will eventually catapult them to success. And they all knew this that is why they continue to strive even though their hardships are enormous.
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  • Profile picture of the author weebeastie
    Lovely nuggets of facts. My favorite from elsewhere Think and grow Rich (I think) a gold mining company built a mine and found no gold after all their efforts and sums of money spent. Pain!
    Years later someone bought the old dried up mine. They proceeded with the excavations - 3 feet later they discovered GOLD. Turned out to be one of the richest deposits in America at the time. Lucky!
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  • Profile picture of the author MattBest
    Thanks for sharing. Very inspireing.
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  • Profile picture of the author stranger11
    I read about one yesterday. In the 70s, a saw impoverished people in his community and invested his own money to but fertilizer and let farmers hire them to do work, this failed because the farmers weren't paying them enough and profits were low.

    He then decided to give poor women micro-loans that wouldn't be much of a burden, so that they can buy raw materials and make things and sell them to sustain themselves. The man was Mohammed Yunus and this eventually turned into Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, one of the most famous banks specializing in micro-financing. This initiative eventually earned Yunus the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaibeal
    Failures, if you can take it positively, can often lead you to success. It always depend on how you handle it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sophiebond
    I have enjoyed reading your post, thanks for the share. Keeps me motivated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    Very inspiring post. I have read in more than one inspirational book, that to succeed greatly, you need to fail greatly first. All successful people have had many initial failures.
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  • Profile picture of the author keiranorton
    Nice thread, thanks for sharing such an inspiring stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author braydenblake
    I truly admire this thread, very inspiring.
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