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In life, success is not always easy to achieve, and many times it comes after facing multiple rejections, setbacks, and failures. It takes a lot of persistence, determination, and courage to overcome these obstacles and achieve one’s goals.
Many successful people we admire today were once rejected and laughed at for their ideas and visions. These individuals didn’t give up on their dreams, but instead, they kept pushing through until they succeeded.
Below are 10 successful people from different fields, such as arts, science, business, and entertainment, who faced rejection and criticism early on but went on to achieve great success.
Walt Disney: The creator of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas“. He also faced multiple rejections for his first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, before creating Mickey Mouse.
Albert Einstein: The Nobel Prize-winning physicist was initially considered a failure by his teachers and struggled to find work after finishing university. He also faced criticism and skepticism for his theory of relativity.
J.K. Rowling: The author of the Harry Potter series was rejected by 12 publishers before finally getting her first book published. Some publishers even told her that children wouldn’t be interested in a story about wizards.
Thomas Edison: The inventor of the light bulb and phonograph faced numerous failures and setbacks throughout his career, but he famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Steve Jobs: The co-founder of Apple faced rejection from his own company in the mid-1980s and was forced to leave. He later returned to the company and helped turn it into one of the most successful and innovative companies in the world.
Oprah Winfrey: The media mogul and philanthropist was fired from her first job as a television anchor because she was considered “unfit for TV.” She later went on to host her own talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which became one of the most successful talk shows in history.
Vincent van Gogh: The Dutch painter only sold one painting during his lifetime and was considered a failure by many of his contemporaries. However, today his paintings are considered some of the most valuable and iconic works of art in history.
Colonel Sanders: The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) faced rejection from over 1,000 restaurants before finally finding a partner to franchise his chicken recipe. Today, KFC is one of the most successful fast food chains in the world.
Steven Spielberg: The Oscar-winning filmmaker was rejected by the University of Southern California film school three times and later dropped out of college to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He is now considered one of the most successful and influential filmmakers in history.
Elon Musk: The billionaire entrepreneur faced multiple failures and setbacks early in his career, including the failure of his first two companies. However, he persevered and went on to found several successful companies, including Tesla and SpaceX, that are now at the forefront of innovation in their respective industries.
For fellow aspiring entrepreneurs who may be facing rejection and criticism on their own journeys, it’s important to remember that failure is not the end of the road but rather an opportunity to learn and grow.
The successful people I mentioned earlier faced numerous obstacles and setbacks, but they didn’t let those failures define them. Instead, they used them as a learning experience to refine their ideas and strategies until they finally achieved success.
Abeg, believe in yourself and your vision, and keep pushing forward, no matter how many times you may face rejection. As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” So keep dreaming big, stay resilient, and never give up on your goals, and success will surely follow.
See you soon, at the board meeting.