10 Personalities with Inspiring Stories of Succeeding Only After Great Failures

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

These are some great words from some of the most successful people in the world. What’s common in each of their motivating stories is their personal tryst with failure. Whenever you fail or find success a distant dream during academic or professional life, never shy to look upon how the never-say-die approach of the world’s biggest personalities helped them reach stars. Borrow some inspiration from 10 of the biggest success stories that began with failures.

Albert Einstein

From being thought of as lazy and mentally handicapped to failing the first attempt for admission to Swiss Federal Polytechnic, Zurich, nobody expected Einstein to become a genius. For the one who couldn’t speak till four and couldn’t read till seven, bagging a Nobel Prize can’t be a miracle.Albert Einstein

Winston Churchill

His father thought him as retarded for having failed in sixth grade. Refused admission at Cambridge and Oxford due to below average scores, Churchill got admission to the Royal Military College, but only in the third attempt. The world today knows him as a successful leader during his tenure as British Prime Minister during World War II.winston churchill

Oprah Winfrey

The ‘Queen of All Media’ is how Oprah Winfrey is described today. It’s indeed fascinating for someone who wore sacks as clothes due to poor family background and was sexually abused at the age of 9. Leaving behind all the blemishes, Winfrey shone academically at East Nashville High School from where she began her glittering journey to become a media mogul.Oprah Winfrey

Jim Carrey

One of the world’s most distinguished comedians, Jim Carrey surprisingly had no friends at school. Poor financial status and being dyslexic added to his woes. In his tenth grade, he would devote 8 hours at night to factory job. Hurdles couldn’t stop him as Carrey started with small at comedy clubs and went on to nurture his dreams that turned into reality and how.Jimy Carrey

J.K. Rowling

Before the Harry Potter series went on to become a million dollar wonder, J. K. Rowling bore the brunt of her mother’s sudden demise followed by a failed marriage, single parenting, depression and rejections from 12 publishers in a row. From considering suicide to living on skimpy unemployment benefits, she went on to become the first billionaire author in the world.J K Rowling

A.P. J. Abdul Kalam

The ‘Missile Man of India’, Abdul Kalam has a humble beginning as a newspaper boy. The real test came when his highly ambitious first project, Satellite Launch Vehicle-3, as a scientist failed. Shattered for a brief period of time, he not only got it right the second time but also went on to become one of the most loved presidents of the country.Abdul Kalam

Elvis Presley

Can you imagine that the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley was shy, loner and scared of performing in front of others? With no formal training in music (he once got a C in music in the middle school) and after a lot of rejections and discouragements, he went on to become the youngest recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. An awesome tale of overcoming fears!Elvis Presley

Henry Ford

Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry, but not before gaining his shares of failures. With two failed business attempts to his credit, Ford didn’t give up and established Ford Motor Company in 1903. For someone coming from a farming background and devastated at his mother’s death at a tender age, becoming one of the most powerful entrepreneurs of all times is inspiring.Henry Ford

Michael Jordan

Though admired for his skills and speed, Michael Jordan had its name struck off from his high school’s varsity basketball team. Why? His height, though 5 foot 10 inches, failed to meet the required standards. Not disappointed, he proved his mettle playing in the junior university team and impressed one and all and is now the fitting face of basketball.Michael Jordan

Amitabh Bachchan

At 74, Amitabh Bachchan with his dedication and a long history of defeating failures is giving the young crop of actors run for their money. Initially rejected for his unusual height, baritone and unconventional looks and after delivering 12 consecutive flops in the very start, Bachchan became the perfect example of how failures can pave the success path.Amitabh Bachachan

Success is inevitable if you learn from failures and work with double the determination. No goal is unachievable then.

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Bhavana Singh

Bhavana Singh

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Bhavana has been helping IIT JEE, NEET, MH CET, BITSAT and other competitive & entrance exam aspirants through her writing. An author & blogger by profession and avid traveler by heart, she is working in the capacity of a Lead Content writer at StudMonk, to define content writing & marketing strategy and deliver error-free content.
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