Friday, 11 November 2016

Famous failures

Famous Failures.
     The people I'm going to mention here are all people who failed at different points of their lives.
Hope that after reading this, you won't give up on your dreams.

1. Henry Ford : Ford's first two automobiles failed.
That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company. He not only revolutionized the industrial production in US and Europe but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.
He said, 'Failure is the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.'

2.Albert Einstein : When he was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit saying, 'Einstein, you will never amount to anything!' Also, he didn't speak until he turned 4 and didn't read until he was 7.
Today, he is remembered as the theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
He said, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge.'

3.Walt Disney : Disney started his own business from his home garage and his first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper ridiculed him because 'he had no good ideas' for film production.
But later on, he became a film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor and animator. He founded the production company, known worldwide as 'The Walt Disney company' which makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually.
He said, ' Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.'

4.Michael Jordan : Before joining the NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary he was cut from his high school basketball team because of 'his lack of 'skill'.
By acclamation, he is the greatest basketball player of all time with a unique combination of grace, speed, power and ability.
He said, 'I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.'

5.Ludwig van Beethoven : Before the start of his career, his music teacher once said of him "as a composer, he is hopeless". During his career, he lost his hearing and yet, he managed to produce great music - ironic, isn't it?
He became one of history's supreme composers both inspiring and intimidating composers and audiences who were to come after him.
"Don't practice your art, but force your way into its secrets.'

5.J.K.Rowling : At one point in her life, she was nearly penniless, depressed, divorced and had to raise her child on her own. Harry Potter, a manuscript she later came to write, was rejected by 12 publishers.
However, it was later accepted for publication by Bloomberry company and is  global brand estimated to be worth $15 billion today.

6.Isaac Newton : When he was young, he did poorly in his grade school, so poor that his teachers gave up on improving his grades.
As some of us know, he became the greatest mathematician of his generation, his works on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known.

7.Marilyn Munroe : One year into her contract, she was dropped by 20th century Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and couldn't act. That didn't deter her at all!
She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century's most famous movie star and pop icon.

8.Oprah Winfrey : She was fired from her television reporting job as "she was deemed not suitable for television."
As some might say, she became the undisputed queen of television with her talk show, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' which inspires people. In our time, she is one of the richest women alive.

9.Thomas Edison : When he was a boy, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own,he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.
Not only that, he developed many other devices and is considered one of the most prolific inventors holding 1,093 US patents to his name.
He said, 'I haven't failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.'

10.Benjamin Carson : When he was younger, he was dull and at the bottom of the class. So dull that when he managed to have a 'D' grade, his teacher praised him. He came from a poor family, abandoned by his father,often discriminated because of his race and had a bad temper.
As God should have it, he became one of the world's most acclaimed neurosurgeons, paediatricians and role model to many that inspires people.

11.Buchi Emecheta: This lady had a rough life. She was treated unfairly by her husband, discriminated because of her gender and her written works were rejected by many publishers.
But she never gave up. Eventually, she was able to publish her books. Her most famous being, 'The joys of motherhood'. Her works not only made her famous worldwide, but had also fought against gender discrimination and inspired many of us out there.


               I could go on and on, but I believe we have already got the message. Keep on trying, going and working. Someday you would look back and say, 'I am glad I never gave up on my dreams.'. And keep in mind that, 'If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new.'

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