If you feel like your life is a complete letdown or you are disappointed with your failed attempts, then don’t be. As these individuals will boost you up and teach you why failure should never stop you from achieving your dreams.
1. Walt Disney:
Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was turned down for over 300 times. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 with the hope to join the army but was not accepted for being underage. He then joined a local newspaper company but later on got fired for “lacking imagination”. Nevertheless, he formed his own company which, however, did not last long and ended up with bankruptcy. Despite many obstacles, Walt Disney never stopped trying and ultimately created Disney.
2. Colonel Sander:
Popularly known for his renowned fast food company KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Colonel Sander started cooking at the age of 6 after his father died and taking the responsibility to look after his siblings while his mother worked day and night. He preferred earning all day instead of going to school and hence dropped out of school at 7th grade. He even served the army in Cuba and did various other jobs such as selling in insurance, tires, operating a ferry boat etc. His chicken recipe was turned down 1009 times and at 65, finally, after much struggle KFC happened.
3. Albert Einstein:
Considered as the most influential physicist and admired for his intelligence around the globe. Einstein’s early years were a bit of a struggle as he did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was 7. His teachers described him as “mentally slow and anti-social”. Consequently, getting expelled from his own school but somehow managed complete his education. Many people suspected that he was mentally unfit and would never succeed in life. He accomplished to prove everyone wrong and in 1921, won a Nobel Prize in physics.
4. Thomas Edison:
Thomas Edison, a great scientist and inventor, also went through some roughness. He lasted only 12 weeks in school and his teachers described him as addled and hyperactive. For this reason, his mother taught him at home. He developed an interest in reading and taught himself a lot through it. His Light bulb invention itself took more than 1000 attempts. Some of Edison’s great inventions include light bulb, phonograph, telegraph and Kinetograph.
5. Jack Ma:
Before becoming the richest person in china, Jack Ma, the founder of the famous company Alibaba, was rejected by 30 interviews including a job at KFC where in total 24 people applied and all got hired except for him. Not only that he failed his university entrance exam thrice. He also said that he was rejected from Harvard 10 times.
6. Bill Gates:
Microsoft is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Bill Gates has always been ambitious and intelligent but his success path included a lot of failures too. He started his first company named Traf-o-Data with Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) which aimed to measure traffic flow but it failed miserably and came to an end. After dropping out of Harvard, He created Microsoft which gradually became a global success. According to Forbes, His net worth is around 79.2 billion USD (2015) and topped in ‘the world’s billionaires List’.
7. Milton Hersheys:
Hershey’s road to candy making was filled with setbacks. He was raised in rural central Pennsylvania and lacked formal education. At 15, He was apprenticed to a Lancaster confectioner named Joseph Royer. Hersheys started the first company by borrowing $100 from his aunt but after surviving for only 5 to 6 years, it ended. In the same way, his second candy business did not pass as well. Not willing to give up, Hershey established the Lancaster Caramel Company which quickly became a hit. He sold it for $ 1 million and focused mainly in chocolate making.