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10 Failure Stories of the biggest names of Today

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Failures are as important as Success!

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Heard that quote before right? 

The famous quote is from none other than our beloved Thomas Edison. The inventor of the bulb.

Had he given up on his idea we’d be in the dark. Literally! 

We all enjoy a good success story, but behind those success stories are even more interesting Failure Stories hidden.

Here are the Top Picks for Failure Stories of our most Known Personalities of Today.

1. Hershey’s!

Hershey’s chocolate! We all love their chocolates don’t we?

Little do we know the series of Oops he made to reach here!    

Milton Hershey, fired from an apprenticeship, started three candy-related ventures, and incurred losses in each one.

His last attempt, the Lancaster Caramel Company, started getting some different responses. He had faith in his Milk Chocolates, he decided to finally Launch the Hershey Company and became one of the most popular names in the industry.

2. Fancy an Apple? 

Steve Jobs was never short of innovative ideas. He is a big name today but had his fair share of struggle to have earned his place. Jobs got his success in his 20s. Apple had become a huge empire.

By the time he turned 30, the board of directors of Apple, fired him.

That didn’t dampen his spirits, Jobs launched a new company, NeXT, which was in the end got acquired by Apple. Now that he joined  Apple back, Jobs proved his potential and worth by restructuring the company’s image and taking Apple even further.

3. Ready for some Slam Dunk?

Michael Jordan folks! One of the greatest legends in the game of basketball was once rejected from his high school basketball team.

Jordan kept working on his skill and kept improving. He finally made it to the team of North Carolina and became a popular player there. He won a series of titles playing for the Bulls. 

Mid career, he chose to pursue his long time dream of playing as a professional baseball player. He ultimately failed to get in the major league but had played a few noteworthy games in the minor league.

He’s not complaining though!

Hear it for yourself…..

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.

4. “You’re a Wizard Harry!”

K . Rowling is the living example proving success doesn’t look at age, gender, money, education, profession. It comes to those who deserve it!!

She most probably has a money vault as huge as uncle scrooge right now due to her Harry Potter Movies and Books and Franchisees but she didn’t have it easy.

Rowling always wanted to be a writer. 

She was battling depression because of the untimely death of her mother.

Before the success of Harry Potter; she was a divorced mother, surviving  on welfare, attending school and also working relentlessly on a novel.

Rowling herself believes there wasn’t a bigger failure than her but still credits her success to her failures. 

And look at her now!

5. “You’re a Wizard Harry!”

Disney’s animated movies have become a household name, it would be hard to believe that one of the biggest 21st Century’s genius’s work was rejected! 

At the age of 22, he was fired from a newspaper firm in Missouri because the editor felt he lacked creativity.

Disney launched an animation company with the name of Laugh-O-Gram Films. He managed to raise $15,000 for the company but eventually had to close down Laugh-O-Gram, followed by the downfall of his main distributor partner.

Desperate and out of money, Disney reached Hollywood and faced even more rejections and failures until finally, his selected few initial classic films started to gain popularity, winning 30+ Academy Awards on a streak for his animated film featuring iconic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The rest is history.

6. “Wedding Gown”? It’s gotta be a Vera Wang!

Known for her designs of the most beautiful wedding dresses. Her net worth in today’s date is estimated over a worth of $400 million.

However, before she became one of the world’s most sought-after fashion designers, she put in the majority of her efforts1986 Olympics figure-skating team. She couldn’t make the cut.

In time, Vera got an editorial job at Vogue, and worked there for 17 years. She then switched careers and stayed there for 15 years, but didn’t find satisfaction or money.

It’s only when she started designing beautiful, noteworthy wedding dresses and her situation started getting good.

And now she’s an inspiration to all, proving age, qualifications, nothing can stop you if you have the passion and talent for it!

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