7 Successful Influential people who failed their way to the top
I like to say “We see the glory but we often don’t know the story”.
There is a massive mis conception that successful people had it handed to them on a silver spoon.
They didn’t have to work hard for it or they just “got lucky”.
First of all I would like to state that success is not luck.
If someone is successful in their lives it was not caused by luck.
It was caused by their ability to believe, work hard and take consistent action on a daily basis to get to their desired result.
Below are 7 highly successful influential people whose glorious succeses are remembered but their failures are lesser known:
Madonna bought herself a plane ticket from Detroit to New York and asked the cab driver to drop her off in the middle of everything.
Of course he dropped her off in times square.
Madonna arrived to the big apple with approximately $25 in her pocket and a dream.
She was one of eight children whose mother passed away of cancer when she was five.
Madonna originally started out as a dancer in New York which led to singing in bands which led to signing her first record deal.
She went through many struggling times during her rise to fame in New York
Below is a letter from a record company that rejected her:
It seems Mr Jimmy may have missed out on an extraordinary opportunity for his business.
Little did he know Madonna would rock the world, inspire millions and become the most famous successful female artist known as the Queen of pop!
“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams”
Success leaves clues……
Madonna’s powerful words when she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008…
She reflects on the people in her life that believed in her before anyone knew her name, a struggling dancer…
“I am only the manager of my talent, not the owner”
Nobody does it alone, surround yourself with successful people.
2. WALT DISNEY
Can you imagine your childhood without Disney?
Well it could easily have been that way if Walt had listened to his former newspaper editor.
The editor told Walt he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’.
Undeterred, Walt went on to create the magical, cultural icon that bears his name.
“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young…
Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you.
Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.”
3. J.K. Rowling
J K Rowling was a broke, depressed, divorced single mother that was writing a novel while studying.
Now one of the richest women in the world, Rowling reflects on her early failures:
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
4. MICHAEL JORDAN
Michael Jordan’s coach originally cut him from his high school basketball team.
Six Championships and five MVPs later, Jordan became arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.
Jordan famously said:
“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.”
5. OPRAH WINFREY
Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire with her own TV channel OWN that was fired from her first TV job as an anchor in Baltimore.
Oprah reflected on her experiences during a Harvard commencement speech:
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
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6. THOMAS EDISON
Thomas Edison was told by his teachers he was ‘too stupid to learn anything’.
Edison went on to hold more than 1,000 patents, including the phonograph and practical electric lamp.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
7. ALBERT EINSTEIN
His name is synonymous with intelligence yet it wasn’t always that way for Albert Einstein.
He didn’t start speaking until he was four years old.
He didn’t read until he was seven years old.
He was labelled mentally handicapped.
He went on to win a Nobel Prize and altered the world’s approach to physics.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”