Every now and then I try to put "failure" into perspective. Many times, our failures can assume gigantic proportions. We may think about them so much that they come to define us or seem to predict the future. But many successful people first faced a multitude of rejections--only later, overcoming them all. Just take a look--
Thomas Edison was told by his teachers that he was "too stupid to learn anything."
Once in the workplace, he was fired from his first two jobs for low productivity. Although he successfully invented the light bulb, it took 1,000
unsuccessful attempts before finding a bulb that worked.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from one of her early jobs because she was "unfit for TV."
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, a blow that felt devastating. Later, however, with great success, he stated "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."
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, was a divorced, single mother on welfare while she was attending school and writing. Within a span of 5 years, her life changed completely.
Henry Ford is famous in the car industry even though he was not an instant success. His
early businesses failed, leaving him penniless five times before he founded
the successful Ford Motor Company.
Fred Astaire was described at his first screen test as someone who "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."
Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken did not have immediate success selling chicken. Just the opposite--his
secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a
restaurant wanted to use it.
Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. He created over 800 works but was never successful as a painter. There were even times that he was starving. Today his works bring in
hundreds of millions of dollars.