This Are The 19 Most Successful People Of All Times That Failed At Their First Attempts

This Are The 19 Most Successful People Of All Times Who All Failed At Their First Attempts

Just so you know, it is not important that you will get it right the first times, as long as you just don’t give up, you don’t count as a failure yet. No matter what stuff has happened in the past, you must always try it over and over again until you get it right.

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar.

Here is a list of some of the most successful people that we know today. But guess what, all of them failed at a certain point in their live before they finally became global icons. When you are feeling like quitting, think back about the first reason why you started doing it.


1. Winston Churchill has failed the sixth grade. Churchill was defeated in every public office role that he ran for. And then, after nog giving up, he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.


2. Thomas Edison his teachers expressively told him that he was just “too stupid to learn anything.” Thomas famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before he created one that worked.


3. Harland David Sanders is also known as the famous KFC “Colonel.” He could not sell his chicken recipes. More than 1,000 restaurants have rejected him. But then one did not, and today there are thousands of KFC restaurants that are bearing his image all over the globe.


4. R.H. Macy had a history of failing businesses, including a flopped Macy store in New York City. But Macy always kept up with the hard work and he ended up with the biggest department store in the world.


5. Steven Spielberg was rejected three times from his dream college being the University of Southern California. He sought out an education on another school and dropped out to be a world famous director.


6. Charlie Chaplin‘s act was rejected by several executives because they thought that it was way too obscure for people to understand it. But then they took a wild chance on Chaplin, who went on to become America’s very first bona fide movie star.


7. Marilyn Monroe her first contract with Columbia Pictures expired because they have told her that she was not pretty or talented enough to be an actress. Marilyn Monroe kept plugging away and is now one of the most iconic actresses and sex symbols of all time.


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


9. Vera Wang failed to make the United States Olympic figure-skating team. Then she started as an editor at Vogue Magazine and was passed over for the highly desired editor-in-chief position. Vera began designing wedding gowns at the age of 40 and today is the premier designer in the business, owning= a leading multi-billion dollar industry.


10. Walt Disney was fired by his former newspaper editor because Walt “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several more of Walt Disney his businesses have failed before the premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most childhoods would not be the same anymore without his ideas.


11. Albert Einstein could not speak until age four and wasn’t able to read until the age of seven. His teachers labeled him as being “slow” and “mentally handicapped.” But Albert Einstein just had a different way of thinking. Einstein later won the Nobel prize in physics.



12. Charles Darwin was considered being an average student. He gave up to pursue a medical career and was going to school to become a parson. But as Charles Darwin studied nature, he found his true calling and is now world famous for his theories.



13. In his early age, Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with running his families farm, but this turned out to be a miserable failure.  Isaac Newton was sent off by his family to Cambridge University where he became a famous physics scholar.



14. Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale two times. Former president George W. Bush once joked about Dick Cheney: “So now we know – if you graduate from Yale, you will become the president. If you drop out of Yale, you get to be the vice president.”



15. Oprah Winfrey was once fired from her first television reporting job because they told her that she was not fit to be on the screen. But Oprah Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows. She is also a billionaire due to her own television network.



16. Vincent Van Gogh only was able to sell one painting in his entire life. He even sold it to one of his friends. Vincent sometimes starved himself in order to create the over 800 paintings that he would eventually paint. Today, his paintings are priceless.



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



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



19. J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and was raising her daughter on social security while she was busy writing the first Harry Potter novel. Rowling is now renowned worldwide for all of her 7 Harry Potter books and is the first person that became a billionaire from writing books.


It is very clear now that complete failure is big part of our entrepreneurial life. Failing is actually ok, you will learn through your failures. So, do not give up just yet..

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