Rejection can be devastating. Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough, it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer. There are many incredibly successful people around the world who were rejected many times. Weaker people often lose hope and give up, it is persistence and resilience that separates success and failure.
Here, are ten people from various walks of life, who never gave up and remained focused on their goals.
1) Sir Isaac Newton – He was pulled out from the school by his mother so that he could run his family farm. Isaac failed miserably to maintain the farm. He went on to become one of the most influential scientists of all time. Isaac Newton formulated the Laws of Motion and the theory of Gravity.
2) Charles Darwin – was considered to be an average student, he even gave up his career in medicine. While studying to be a Parson, Charles never gave his studies of Science. Darwin became a great geologist who contributed to the science of Evolution.
3) Thomas Edison – He was told by his teachers that “He was too stupid to learn anything.” He is now described as America’s greatest inventor. Edison developed many devices like the phonograph and the motion picture camera and the quintessential light bulb.
4) Henry Ford – ruined his reputation with a couple of failed automobile businesses. Henry went on to become the founder of the Ford Motor Company. Ford developed and manufactured the first automobile that much middle-class Americans could afford.
5) Albert Einstein – He initially had some difficulties in learning and communicating in the traditional manner. Albert Einstein was diagnosed with a learning disability which he later conquered. Then he went on to become a theoretical physicist. Einstein is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula, a pivotal step in the evolution of Quantum Theory.
6) Walt Disney – was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt Walt lacked the creative imagination and had no good ideas! Walt Disney went on to become an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and a film producer. Disney was a pioneer of the American animation industry.
7) Oprah Winfrey – She was fired publicly from her Television job as an anchor for getting too emotional while investing her stories. Oprah went ahead to become an American media mogul, talk show host, actor, and film producer. She is best known for her show “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
8) J.K. Rowling – The first billionaire author, for her series Harry Porter. Rowling was a single mother when she started writing the novel. She is now internationally renowned for her seven-book Harry Porter series.
9) Sir James Dyson – went through almost 5,126 prototypes while developing his vacuum cleaner. He also spent 15 years of his savings to follow pursue in which he believed. Ultimately, his 5,127th prototype worked and the Dyson brand became a best-selling bagless vacuum brand.
10) Lady Gaga – also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She was dropped by her record label, Island Def Jam after three months. After receiving the news she cried so hard that she could hardly speak. Lady Gaga is now a renowned American singer, songwriter, and actress.
The parable is Everyone fails! That is as constant as the Sun rising in the East. But one becomes a winner only when we get up after every failure, and keep trying. We should also learn from our failures, not just from our successes.