Famous Failures

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently!”

If you haven’t failed, you haven’t learned at all.

Here are some famous failures to inspire you to take failure positively:

1. Albert Einstein



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!” Also he didn’t speak until he turned 4 and didn’t read until he was 7.

We know him as the 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”.

2.       Walt Disney

 Walt Disney

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 for film production.

Disney was an 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.

3.       J.K. Rowling


At one point in her life, Rowling was nearly penniless, depressed, divorced and had to raise her child on her own. While writing the manuscript of Harry Potter, she was on welfare. Adding to that, 12 publishers rejected the manuscript.

She created Harry Potter, a global brand estimated to be worth $15 billion today.

4.       Steve Jobs


At 30 he was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started, Apple, after a power struggle with the Board Of Directors in 1985. Later, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm, which allowed him to regain the funds needed to regain control of Apple.

An American entrepreneur and inventor, he is best known as the Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming “one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies.” Jobs also Co-founded and served as Chief Executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the Board Of Directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar.

5.       Michael Jordan

 Michael Jordan

He was cut from his high school basketball team. Later became the greatest basketball player in history. He never let failure stop him.

Quoted by Jordan, “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.” – Michael Jordan

As we can see, the most successful people have failed at some point of time which has led them to where they are today. Keeping the ‘Never Give Up’ attitude will only lead you to the path of growth. Success doesn’t come easy. Never let rejection get to you & bring you down. Entrepreneurs need to fight failure with a spirit of challenge.

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