Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

One writer’s unexpected bout of unemployment inspired him to catalogue the misadventures of those who came before him

Long before the iPhone made him the god of gadgets, Steve Jobs launched his tech career by hacking land lines to make free long-distance calls.

Bob Dylan’s band, the Golden Chords, lost a high-school talent competition to a tap dancing act.

Behind every success story is an embarrassing first effort, a stumble, a setback or a radical change of direction. It’s these first clumsy steps on the road to fame and fortune that fascinate writer Seth Fiegerman, who edits the blog OpeningLines.org, a collection of case studies on the origins of famous careers.

“When you see someone who’s very successful, you almost imagine that it was a foregone conclusion, that they’re a genius, that they were destined for great things,” says Fiegerman, who began the blog in 2009, after an early setback in his own career. “I think the big takeaway is failure and setbacks, far from being uncommon, are in many ways essential.”

…Success, he learned, was less a matter of innate talent and more the product of perseverance, a willingness to stumble and stand up again and again.

….While he has less time for the blog, he hopes his collection of origin stories will help other young people realize it’s OK to fail.

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See Also:

Recovering from Failure – articles by various authors

You’re Not Failing Enough, by Diane Paddison

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt 

Entertainers Cher and Goldie Hawn Admit to Struggles with Insecurity or Anxiety

Become More Resilient by Learning to Take Joy Seriously by Brad Stulberg

How People Learn to Become Resilient by Maria Konnikova

Why the Fear of Rejection Overrides One’s Ability to Ask for What They Want or Need

How Successful People Stay Calm by Travis Bradberry

How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think – Don’t Let A Little Criticism Hold You Back, by Simran Takhar

Forget Positive Thinking: This Is How To Actually Change Negative Thoughts For Success by M. Wilding

After 27 Rejections, Dr. Seuss Almost Burned His First Unpublished Book – But He Hung In There and Went on to Become a Best-Selling Author

Best-Sellers Initially Rejected

Top 10 Regrets Of The Dying by Dale Partridge

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