5 Extraordinarily Successful People Who Failed at First

Don’t be afraid to fail.

People fear failure. People fear pain. People fear rejection.

You don’t need to fear it. You need to embrace it.

Failure can be one of our most rewarding experiences in life because we can learn from it. Once you learn from it, you can improve.

Do you think successful people haven’t encountered failure before?

Take a Look at These 5 Stories Below:


Story #1:  Henry Ford

Failed twice in business before he finally went on to build the Ford Motor Company and became one of the richest men in the world.

What if he gave up after his first business failure?


Story #2:  Colonel Sanders

He was 65 when he first began to fulfill his dream. After he received his first social security check for $105, he began going door to door at restaurants to sell his chicken recipe. He spent 2 years sleeping in the back seat of his car in that iconic white suit and was turned down 1,009 times before he heard his first “yes.” Talk about overcoming failure! Instead of giving up he learned how to improve from his failures.

What if he gave up after 1,008 tries?


Story #3:  Thomas Edison

Was consistently told by his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He didn’t fare any better in work, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive. As an inventor, he failed 1,000 times in his quest of inventing the light bulb. However, after all those tries, he finally discovered a design that worked.   Now he’s considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time.

What if he accepted failure?


Story #4:  Van Gogh

Sold only one painting in his lifetime to a friend and it was for a tiny amount of money. While he never was a huge financial success during his lifetime, he continued to paint despite starving at times. He finished over 800 pieces of art and today they are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

What if he pursued a “normal” job?


Story #5:  JK Rowling

Was rejected by 12 publishers.  The only reason her book got published is because the CEO’s daughter begged him to.  Her Harry Potter series went on to sell over 100 million copies and her net worth is over $1 billion dollars today.

What if she quit after being rejected by the 11th publisher?

I just shared with you 5 stories of enormously successful people who went through MASSIVE failure to reach their goals. Anytime you feel like giving up, remember these stories.

To this day, I have yet to meet anyone in my life that has told me that they’ve never experienced failure in some shape or form, whether it’s small or large. It’s inevitable. It’s a part of life. The key is to learn from it and to understand how you COULD be better off because of the lessons learned.
Don’t let fear hold you back from pursuing your dream job. Otherwise if you never take any action, how will you ever progress from where you are today? You don’t want to look back 30 years from now with regret. Appreciate each and every day as an opportunity to progress towards your goals.

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