Who Failed At First
The Celebration Of 1,400th Presentation By Sompong Yusoontorn
The people on this list show that
devastating failures are just another
stop on the road to success. They
have experienced massive failure that
could have easily made them give-up.
But they didn't and now they're the
monumental successes that they are
remembered for, a good source of
encouragement when it feels like you
will never make it to the top.
Winston Churchill failed the sixth
grade. He was defeated in every
public office role he ran for.
“Then he became the British prime
minister at the age of 62.”
“Success is stumbling from failure
to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Thomas Edison's teachers told
him he was "too stupid to learn
“Edison also invented 1,000 light bulbs
before creating one that worked.”
“Many of life's failures are people who
did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.”
Harland David Sanders, the
famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't
sell his chicken. More than
1,000 restaurants rejected him.
“But then one did, and today there are
KFC restaurants bearing his image all
over the world.”
“One has to remember that every
failure can be a stepping stone to
R.H. Macy had a history failing
businesses, including a dud
Macy's in NYC.
“But Macy kept up the hard work and
ended up with the biggest department
store in the world.”
“Be everywhere, do everything, and
never fail to astonish the customer.”
Steven Spielberg was rejected from
his dream school, the University of
Southern California, three times.
“He sought out an education somewhere
else and dropped out to be a director.”
“All good ideas start as bad ideas.
That’s why it takes so long.”
Charlie Chaplin's act was rejected
by executives because they thought
it was too obscure for people to
“But then they took a chance on
Chaplin, who went on to become
America's first bona fide movie star.”
“Failure is unimportant. It takes
courage to make a fool of yourself.”
Marilyn Monroe's first contract with
Columbia Pictures expired because
they told her she wasn't pretty or
talented enough to be an actress.
“Monroe kept plugging away and is
one of the most iconic actresses
and sex symbols of all time.”
“I believe that everything happens for
a reason. Sometimes good things fall
apart so better things can fall together.”
Soichiro Honda was passed over for
an engineering job at Toyota and
“But then he began making
motorcycles, started a business
and became a billionaire.”
“Never let your failures go to your heart
or your successes go to your head.”
Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic
figure-skating team. Then she became an
editor at Vogue and was passed over for
the editor-in-chief position.
“She began designing wedding gowns at 40 and
today is the premier designer in the business,
with a multi-billion dollar industry.”
“I had really all but given up trying, but I
did it because it was a lifelong dream.”
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper
editor because he "lacked imagination
and had no good ideas."
“Several more of his businesses failed before the
premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most
childhoods wouldn't be the same without his ideas.”
“The difference in winning and losing is
most often not quitting.”
Albert Einstein didn't speak until age
four and didn't read until age seven. His
teachers labeled him "slow" and
“But Einstein just had a different way
of thinking. He later won the Nobel
prize in physics.”
“A person who never
made a mistake never
tried anything new.”
Charles Darwin was considered an
average student. He gave up on a
career in medicine and was going
to school to become a parson.
“But as Darwin studied nature, he
found his calling.”
“It is not the strongest
or the most intelligent
who will survive but
those who can best
Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with
running the family farm but was a
“Newton was sent off to Cambridge
University and became a physics scholar.”
“If I have seen further than
others, it is by standing upon
the shoulders of giants.”
Dick Cheney flunked out
of Yale twice.
“George W. Bush once joked: "So now
we know –if you graduate from Yale,
you become president. If you drop out,
you get to be vice president."
“No matter what kind of
problem I've run into, there's
always been a solution for it.”
The first time Jerry Seinfeld went
onstage, he was booed away by the
“Eventually, he became a famous
comic with one of the most-loved
“To me, if life boils down
to one thing, it's movement.
To live is to keep moving.”
In Fred Astaire's first screen test, the
judges wrote: "Can't act. Can't sing.
Slightly bald. Can dance a little."
“Astaire went on to be the most famous
dancer of all time and won the hearts
of American women forever.”
“The higher up you go, the more
mistakes you are allowed. Right at the
top, if you make enough of them, it's
considered to be your style.”
After Sidney Poitier's first audition,
the casting director instructed him to
just stop wasting everyone's time and
"go be a dishwasher or something."
“He went on to win an Academy Award
and is admired by actors everywhere.”
“I have always been a learner
because I knew nothing.”
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her
television reporting job because
they told her she wasn't fit to be on
“But Winfrey rebounded and became
the undisputed queen of television talk
shows. She's also a billionaire.”
"I don't believe in failure. It is not failure
if you enjoyed the process."
Lucille Ball spent many years on
the B-list and her agent told her to
pursue a new career.
“Then she got her big break on
I Love Lucy.”
"I’d rather regret the
things I’ve done than
regret the things
I haven’t done.”
After his first film, Harrison Ford
underwhelmed the producer and
was told he would probably never
“But today Ford is the third highestgrossing actor of all time.”
“We all have big changes in our
lives that are more or less
a second chance.”
Vincent Van Gogh only sold
one painting in his entire life,
to a friend.
“He sometimes starved in order to create
the 800 paintings he'd eventually do.
Today, his works are priceless.”
“As we advance in life it becomes
more and more difficult, but in
fighting the difficulties the inmost
strength of the heart is developed.”
Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected
by 27 different publishers.
“He's now the most popular children's
book author ever.”
“You can get help from teachers, but
you are going to have to learn a lot by
yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
Henry Ford's first auto company
went out of business.
“He abandoned a second because of a fight and
a third went downhill because of declining sales.
He went on to become one of the greatest
American entrepreneurs ever.”
"Failure is simply the
opportunity to begin again,
this time more intelligently."
While developing his vacuum, Sir
James Dyson went through 5,126
failed prototypes and his savings
over 15 years.
“But the 5,127th prototype worked and
now the Dyson brand is the best-selling
vacuum cleaner in the United States.”
“Enjoy failure and learn from it. You
can never learn from success.”
J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced
and raising a daughter on social
security while writing the first Harry
“J.K. Rowling is now internationally
renowned for her 7 book Harry Potter
series and is the first person to become
a billionaire from writing.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at
something, unless you live so cautiously
that you might as well not have lived at all
- in which case, you fail by default.”
Stephen King was initially so frustrated
with his first novel, Carrie that he threw
it in the trash.
“King's wife found the manuscript in the
trash and took it out. To date his 49 novels
have sold 350 million copies.”
“Optimism is a perfectly
legitimate response to failure.”
Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try Again.
Fail again. Fail better.
Thank You Very Much
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