If, in the first attempt you don’t succeed, don’t feel disheartened. You are in good company. Some of the most successful inventors, artists and businessmen had a very bad beginning. They had to fight against some epic failures before they made their millions. Let us check out some of them who have put sweat and tears into their dreams that initially failed and ultimately tasted success.
Henry Ford, the founder of the innovative car manufacturing giant Ford, was not an immediate success. In fact, his early businesses were a failure which left him broke five times before the success of Ford Motor Company.
We all are familiar with the large department store chain, but for Macy it was not an easy job. He had seven failed businesses before the roaring success of his store in New York City.
When J K Rowling first started writing, she was fighting with depression. After completion, it was rejected by 12 publishers. At last a smallLondonpublishing house picked it up. Now she is wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II.
The co-founders of Sony first attempted to sell an electric rice cooker in post-war Japan. Unfortunately, it failed to impress the customers alleging that it didn’t cook rice, so much as burn it. They were not discouraged and were able to create a multi-billion dollar company.
Walt Disney, who had with him billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, also had a bad start. He was sacked by a newspaper editor claiming that he lacked imagination and ideas. He then started a few businesses – all of which ended up in failure and bankruptcy. At last he found the recipe for success.
Albert Einstein whom we consider a genius didn’t give such hope in the early stages of his life. He did not speak till he was four and read till seven. His teachers and parents thought he was mentally retarded. But later on he proved himself by changing the face of modern physics.
In his early years, Darwin was often rebuked by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. In his own words, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”Darwin today is known for his scientific studies.
Harland is better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
We all know Oprah, the most iconic face on TV. She also had to travel a long hard road and to endure lots of hardships like abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks. She was even fired from her job as a television reporter alleging that she was “unfit for TV.”
The very name Charlie Chaplin makes us laugh. He was one of the most highlighted faces on screen. Initially, he was rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because they felt it was a little too nonsensical to ever sell.