Nobody likes to fail and when failures do come our way it can seem like the end of the world. The truth is that failures are often just another stop on the road to success.
We’ve put together a list of 15 successful people who failed at first. Our list includes some of the worlds most successful movie stars, inventors and business people! Hopefully this list will inspire you and show you that failures are just part of being successful!
1. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school (University of Southern California) 3 times! He decided to get an education somewhere else and dropped out to be a director. He now has a net worth of $3.2 billion.
2. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was told she wasn’t pretty enough or talented enough to be an actress and therefore was dropped from Columbia Pictures. She didn’t quit and is now known as one of the most iconic actresses of all time!
3. Vera Wang
Vera Wang failed to make the US-Olympic figure-skating team. She then became and editor at Vogue and gained editor-in-chief position. It wasn’t until she got to 40 years of age until she started designing wedding gowns and today is one of the most sought after designers in the business!
4. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 years old and couldn’t read until he was 7! His teachers called him “slow” and “mentally handicapped”. Albert just had a different way of learning and he later earned a Nobel Prize in Physics.
5. Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton had the job of running the family farm but failed terribly and was sent off to Cambridge University. He later became a physics scholar.
6. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a television reporter and told she wasn’t fit to be on TV! She bounced back from this failure to become the queen of television talk shows. She’s also a billionaire too with a net worth of $2.7 billion.
7. Harrison Ford
After his first film Harrison Ford was told he would probably never succeed. He bounced back from this failure and today is the 3rd highest grossing actor of all time!
8. Richard Branson
Richard Branson struggled as a youngster at School as he was dyslexic. By 16 he’d had enough of his studies and dropped out to start his own business. Now he has a net worth of $4.2 billion.
9. Henry Ford
Henry Ford’s first auto company failed and he went out of business. He abandoned his second company because of a fight and his 3rd failed due to declining sales. Despite all these failures he went on to become one of the most successful American entrepreneurs of all time! Henry Ford’s net worth in today’s money would be approximately $199 billion.
10. James Dyson
James Dyson went through 5126 failed prototypes and 15 years of life savings before finally his 5127th prototype was a success! The Dyson is the best selling vacuum cleaner in the USA. James Dyson now has a net worth of $4.2 billion.
11. Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was defeated in every public office role he ran for. He eventually become the British prime minister at the age of 62.
12. Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything! Edison went through 1000 failed attempts at creating the lightbulb before finally making one that worked!
13. The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers were both high school drop outs! They went on to create the worlds first successful airplane.
14. Walt Disney
Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper and told “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. He had several more businesses that failed before finally finding success with Snow White.
15. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was fired from the company he helped build! By the time he re-joined Apple the stock price was only $4! After his return his ideas and creations turned the company around and as of today the stock price sits at $527.
So there you have it… 15 incredibly successful people who all failed at first!
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