Successful Failures

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Have you ever heard of people who have succeeded in failing? Yeah, I bet it does not sound right. How can you “succeed” and “fail” at the same time? Well, you can! Many people have actually (for years and even years to come). It is not the fact of “failing,” it is what you did after failing that makes you successful. Specifically speaking, did you quit once someone told you that you were not good enough or did you keep trying despite the opinion? Did you still keep trying out for that dream job position or did you switch your dreams to accommodate your situation? Your actions when times gets rough determines your successfulness.

Look at these famous people who have successfully failed:

  1. Oprah Winfrey 
    Before becoming a powerful entrepreneur and mogul, Oprah Winfrey was rejected. Yes! I know right?! Oprah. Winfrey. But indeed, this successful woman was fired from a television job as an anchor in Baltimore for being her (deeply caring and being involved in worldly issues…how discouraging). Yet, she did not let that stop her, leading her to take over television, magazines, and more. Talk about a boss, huh?
  2. Walt Disney
    Dropping out of school and failing to get in the army, Walt Disney attempted to work for the Kansas City Star. However, though, they fired him due to not having a creative mind and limited imagination? Walt Disney? Yes, the man who created Mickey Mouse, Snow White and all your favorite childhood movies as well as be the main person behind the popular theme-parks Disney World and Disney Land (internationally, by the way!). He did not stop there. He continued to work at his craft and became the centerpiece to childhood imagination.
  3. Vera Wang
    While designing breathtaking wedding gowns, Vera Wang gains her success story through her failure. In her early years, Wang sought after a position on the United States Olympic figure-skating team but was sadly rejected. Not too long after that, she was denied the editor-in-chief position at Vogue. Talk about a double whammy? Although she was denied, she kept following her dreams. Her dreams eventually lead her to design wedding gowns, pushing her up the ladder and causing her to become a high-end fashion designer in the fashion industry.
  4. Stephen King
    Similar to Vera Wang, Stephen King was turned down quite a lot…lets try 30 times! 30 times! Yes, 30 times for his first book, Carrie. That amount of times can really cause a person to give up. I know I would probably consider it. King gave in (like many of us would). He threw his book in the trash, because he could no longer face yet another rejection. In the midst of his defeat, his wife encouraged him to not give up. That one last time lead him to a book deal and an endless amount of prosperity in his work, ranging from The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, It, and more.
  5. J.K. Rowling
    J.K. Rowling truly felt the burdens of life. Rowling was a college graduate, divorced, single mother who was unemployed and on welfare. She found it hard to keep her head above water. As an escape, she focused on her interest in writing and sought after getting her work published. Despite the eagerness, she was shot down by 12 publishing companies. Life was truly kicking her butt! But wait, she did not stop. As time went on, she became renowned for her Harry Potter book series turned films, which lead her to become the first billionaire author.

The list does not stop here. Famous people like Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Steven Spielberg, and more were successful failures. They fell to the ground a couple of times (maybe even 30 times) and continued to stand up to keep going. Life will give you obstacles, but it is how you respond to the obstacles that determine your success. When I say success, I mean YOUR success…not anyone else’s idea of success. If you do not get it the first time, T-R-Y A-G-A-I-N. You never know where it could lead you.


Written by Ashlee Scott, blogger

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