Success Comes From Failure… Persevere!
Walt Disney, the man who invented the American animation industry, was fired by one of the head editors because he ”lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
With characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy—this “unimaginative” man went on to literally redefine the American childhood. Talk about creativity!
Broke, depressed and divorced, J.K. Rowling was a single mother struggling to write a novel. Twelve major publishing houses at the time rejected her Harry Potter manuscript. It was in 1995 that a small publishing house, Bloomsbury, decided to take a chance. The rest, of course, is history.
Oprah Winfrey, the indisputable queen of television talk shows, did not have it easy either. Brought up in a low-income family, she had a pretty rough childhood. On her first job as a talk show host, she was fired and deemed ”unfit for television.” Today, she owns a media empire.
From the creation of classic sci-fi adventure movie ET to the universally acclaimed Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Before winning his Academy Awards and Emmys, he was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Today, the University has a building in the honor of one of the greatest directors of all time. (It’s probably their way of apologizing!)
Jerry Seinfeld, one of the most famous stand-up comedians, froze on stage the first time he went in front of an audience. He just stood there for around 30 seconds. Even after the setback, he did not give up and went on to become the king of observational comedy. Seinfeld, a sitcom set in an apartment building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, came to be defined as “a show about nothing”—yet everything.
All of these success stories have one recurring theme: Failure.
It seems as if the road to success is wrought with rejections, difficulties and a whole lot of hurdles.
What these and other successful people know about success is that failure is an integral part of it—that making mistakes is not bad, so long as you learn from them.
The key is to never give up and keep on moving persistently towards the goal. No matter how often you fail, perseverance will finally pay off.
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