10 Most Inspiring Famous Failures

Nowadays who are residing on the top, never got smooth success after success. It’s natural when you reach the point of failing you are highly depressed and feel like to give up. If you fall then it’s your choice whether you want to get up and move on or not. It takes a lot of inspiration to stand up and continue fighting for your dreams. There are many famous people in the world who broke down at starting and found the strength to fight on to achieve their goal. There is a popular quote “If you have never failed, you have never tried anything new”. So keep in mind, even the most successful people have seen numerous failures in their life. In the following list we represent you the 10 Most Inspiring Famous Failures.

10. Michael Jordan

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The Failure: In high school, he got eliminated from the basketball team. After that he went home, locked himself in his room and cried a lot.

Success Story: Now he was considered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. He said that, “I have missed over 9000 shots in whole career and lost almost 300 games. I have failed many times in my life and that is why I succeed.”

9. Eminem – Marshall Bruce Mathers III

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The Failure: He was dropped out of school for involving in a fight. He had a struggling life that involved drugs and poverty. He also had an unsuccessful suicide attempt during struggles.

Success Story: For “Lose Yourself” he becomes the first rap artist ever to win the Academy award. The Rolling Stone magazine ranked him one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Now he is one of the best selling artists in the United States.

8. Steven Spielberg

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The Failure: Since childhood, he wanted to become a successful filmmaker. He was rejected three times by the University of Southern California.

Success Story: Some of his films including Jaws, E.T, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan becomes the highest grossing movies at the time. He is widely considered as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. He is also ranked as one of the richest celebrities in the world.

7. Thomas Edison

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The Failure: During childhood, teacher told him he will never learn anything. When he was trying to invent the light bulb, he faced more than 9000 failed experiments.

Success Story: He said “I haven’t failed. I have just found 10,000 different ways that won’t work”. He was considered as one of the greatest scientists holding more than 1093 US patents.

6. J.K. Rowling

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The Failure: She was depressed after her mother’s death and divorce. When she began her book, Harry Potter, most of the publishers rejected her manuscript.

Success Story: Now she is the richest author in the world with worth of more than $1 billion. She created the Harry Potter fantasy series which is the best-selling book series in history.

5. Oprah Winfrey

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The Failure: At the age of 14 she was molested by her family member and got pregnant. She was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she wasn’t fit for television.

Success Story: She is the former host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated program of its kind. She is one of the richest celebrities and the most influential people in the world. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and the greatest black philanthropist.

4. The Beatles

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The Failure: They were rejected by Decca studio, who said that they don’t like their voice and they have no future.

Success Story: The band was closed but they are the best selling band in history with estimate sales of over 600 million worldwide. Time magazine ranked them in the list of 100 most influential people of all time.

3. Steve Jobs

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The Failure: At the age of 30, he was depressed and devastated after being kicked off from the company he started, Apple.

Success Story: In 1996, Apple Inc. buys NeXT and he rejoined the Apple. He was widely recognized as the most influential people in the field of computer and consumer electronics. He also co-founded the Pixar Company and became a member of the board of the Walt Disney Company.

2. Walt Disney

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The Failure: He was fired from a newspaper publisher for poor imagination and for having no original ideas.

Success Story: He started his own company, The Walt Disney Company in his garage. He is widely regarded as an international icon and known for his contribution in the field of entertainment. Now it is one of the largest studios in Hollywood, having revenue of more than $40 billion every year.

1. Albert Einstein

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The Failure: He wasn’t able to speak until he was four and his teachers said he would never learn anything in his life.

Success Story: He discovered general relativity and special relativity theorem and many other scientific works. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. He was also known as Time person of the 20th century. In fact, he is known as the greatest physician after Sir Isaac Newton.

Written by
Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a professional science and technology journalist and a big fan of AI, machines, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out about his latest projects, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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