Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big by R. Hodin

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Excerpts:

by Rachel Hodin

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Elvis

After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

Thomas Edison

He worked at Western Union where he used to secretly conduct experiments. Then, one night in 1867, he spilled some acid and it ate through the entire floor. He was fired and subsequently decided to just pursue inventing full time.

Albert Einstein

He didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven. He was subsequently expelled from school and was not admitted to the Zurich Polytechnic School. Long story short, he came around.

Isaac Newton

Sure Newton was a wiz at math, but he did not excel when it came to other subjects. He never thrived in school and when he was once put in charge of running the family farm, he failed terribly. That was when he was sent off to Cambridge and the rest is history.

Abraham Lincoln

When Lincoln was young and entered war, he entered as a Captain but came back as a much lower Private. Later on, he tried to start up a ton of businesses, all of which failed, and before becoming president, he lost several runs for public office

Lucille Ball

Before her iconic show I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball was considered a failed actress, a B-list actress. So much so that her drama instructors urged her to try another profession.

Marilyn Monroe

When she was trying to start her career, modeling agencies told her she should consider becoming a secretary.

Vincent Van Gogh

It’s hard to believe, but during his lifetime Van Gogh received hardly any acclaim for his work. While alive, he only sold one of his paintings, and that was to a friend for a very small amount of money. Despite this, he continued working throughout his life, never seeing success himself, though his paintings now are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Claude Monet

While alive, Monet’s work was mocked and rejected by the artistic elite, the Paris Salon.

Michael Jordan

He was cut from his high school basketball team. He once said, “I have missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the gam winning shot, and I have missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Babe Ruth

His home run record is 714 during his career. But he still had a total of 1330 strikeouts. At one point, he held the record for strikeouts. He once said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”


See Also:

The Museum of Failure – Teaching Lessons About Failure

Daredevil and Motorcyclist Evel Knievel’s Inspirational Words About Failure

Ten Famous Artists Who Had to Deal with Rejection During Their Lifetime by Lori McNee

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – The Self Help Book by Susan Jeffers

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

Actor Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s Inspirational Story – He Doesn’t Want People to Give Up on Their Dreams

Nay-Sayers and Failure on the Way to Success: Singer Elvis Presley  

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

 

 

 

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