Famous failures: The learning curve

At some point in every career something goes wrong- badly. Establishing a career is difficult and everyone suffers a knock back at some point in their lives- even those who go on to be very successful. Here are some of the most famous people who failed before unrivalled success.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 when he was just 21 years old. When he turned 30 he was fired from the very company that he had helped to create by the very people he had helped to recruit. How do you get over being fired from your own company?

In 1997 Steve Jobs returned to Apple after achieving many other successes in between.

“I’m pretty sure none of this [NeXT, Pixar, his return to Apple, the iPod, and iTunes] would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs had said. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”

Sometimes, the consequences of your actions along with your failures, teach you the greatest lessons.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein couldn’t speak until he was four years old. His slow start led his teachers to believe that he wouldn’t ever amount to much in life.

In 1921 Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum theory. He remains one of the science greats and his name is etched into the history books. No-one remembers the names of his teachers.

Never let anyone limit your future or your aspirations with their opinions.

The Beatles

The Beatles didn’t become one of the most influential bands in rock history overnight. The road to success was long; with many set backs along the way. Perhaps the most famous rejection came from Decca Records in 1962. The record company snubbed the band after their audition, declaring that they had no place in the music industry.

In this case, The Beatles suffered a failure as a result of Decca Records and their refusal to consider anyone who was ‘different.’

Just remember, different doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You just haven’t been at the right company yet.

Walt Disney

At age 22, before he built his Disney Empire, Walt was fired from Missouri newspaper for ‘not being creative enough.’ Before tasting success, many of his animation start-up companies went bust and at one point he was so broke he survived on a diet of dog food.

Walt suffered many failures before his dream became a reality. Even when times got really tough, he still found a way to keep his failures in the past and move forward.

Dwelling on failure can damage your confidence and affect your future chances of success. Learn from your failures- don’t let them define you.

In order to be successful you must accept failure as part of the process. Failure doesn’t always reflect badly on an individual; it is the mark of someone that’s striving to better themselves. Those who don’t experience failure are usually guilty of not trying at all.

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