26 Successful People Who Changed The World Despite Failure

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A list of 26 people who never gave up... None of them are from the IM niche :p

Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for.
Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.

Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was "too stupid to learn anything."
Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.

Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him.
But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing his image all over the world.

R.H. Macy had a history failing businesses, including a dud Macy's in NYC.
But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest department store in the world.

Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school, the University of Southern California, three times.
He sought out an education somewhere else and dropped out to be a director.

Charlie Chaplin's act was rejected by executives because they thought it was too obscure for people to understand.
But then they took a chance on Chaplin, who went on to become America's first bona fide movie star.

Marilyn Monroe's first contract with Columbia Pictures expired because they told her she wasn't pretty or talented enough to be an actress.
Monroe kept plugging away and is one of the most iconic actresses and sex symbols of all time.

Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering job at Toyota and left unemployed.
But then he began making motorcycles, started a business and became a billionaire.

Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position.
She began designing wedding gowns at 40 and today is the premier designer in the business, with a multi-billion dollar industry.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most childhoods wouldn't be the same without his ideas.

Albert Einstein didn't speak until age four and didn't read until age seven. His teachers labeled him "slow" and "mentally handicapped."
But Einstein just had a different way of thinking. He later won the Nobel prize in physics.

Charles Darwin was considered an average student. He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to school to become a parson.
But as Darwin studied nature, he found his calling.

Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with running the family farm but was a miserable failure.
Newton was sent off to Cambridge University and became a physics scholar.

Dick Cheney flunked out of Yale twice.
George W. Bush once joked: "So now we know -if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president."

The first time Jerry Seinfeld went onstage, he was booed away by the jeering crowd.
Eventually, he became a famous comic with one of the most-loved sitcoms ever.

In Fred Astaire's first screen test, the judges wrote: "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."
Astaire went on to be the most famous dancer of all time and won the hearts of American women forever.

After Sidney Poitier's first audition, the casting director instructed him to just stop wasting everyone's time and "go be a dishwasher or something."
He went on to win an Academy Award and is admired by actors everywhere.

Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television reporting job because they told her she wasn't fit to be on screen.
But Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows. She's also a billionaire.

Lucille Ball spent many years on the B-list and her agent told her to pursue a new career.
Then she got her big break on I Love Lucy.

After his first film, Harrison Ford underwhelmed the producer and was told he would probably never succeed.
Today Ford is the third highest-grossing actor of all time.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire life, to a friend.
He sometimes starved in order to create the 800 paintings he'd eventually do. Today, his works are priceless.

Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected by 27 different publishers.
He's now the most popular children's book author ever.

Henry Ford's first auto company went out of business
He abandoned a second because of a fight and a third went downhill because of declining sales.
He went on to become one of the greatest American entrepreneurs ever.

While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.
But the 5,127th prototype worked and now the Dyson brand is the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the United States.

J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel.
J.K. Rowling is now internationally renowned for her 7 book Harry Potter series and is the first person to become a billionaire from writing.

Stephen King was initially so frustrated with his first novel, Carrie that he threw it in the trash.
King's wife found the manuscript in the trash and took it out. To date his 49 novels have sold 350 million copies
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Hey Arun. Great list. : )

    I have a couple more to share:

    When Alexander Graham Bell offered the rights to the telephone for $100,00 to Carl Orton, president of Western Union, Orton replied: "What use would this company make of an electrical toy?"


    "Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."--Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946


    "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."--Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962


    Angie Everhart, who started modelling at age 16, was once told by modelling agency owner Eileen Ford That she would never make it as a model. Why? Because "Redheads don't sell." Everhart later became the first redhead in history to appear on the cover of Glamour magazine, had a great modelling career, and then went on to appear in 27 films.


    "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.


    In 1998 Google founders Sergery Brin and Larry Page approached Yahoo! and suggested a merger. Yahoo! could have snapped up the company for a handful of stock, but instead they suggested that the young Googlers keep working on their little school project and come back when they had grown up. Within 5 years Google had an estimated market capitalization of $20 billion.
    "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."―Joseph Sugarman
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  • Profile picture of the author butterballs8
    Great list. Very inspiring. So the moral of the story is screw what everyone thinks - go with your instinct and don't give up! Resilience is a powerful trait one can have to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ayoubcocoo
    Thanks Arun for this great list
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Great list just gave be a motivation boost

    Thanks for sharing...


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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    Thank you for the list, such wonderful people and full of inspiration for me
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    Fantastic list, thanks for posting!!
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  • Profile picture of the author angel4u
    Such a wonderful list.... Thanks for sharing.... it is so inspiring.
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    • Profile picture of the author nawshale
      Thank you for shearing.really impressed
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