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.
“Success is stumbling
from failure to failure
with no loss of enthusiasm.”
“Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.”
Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was "too
stupid to learn anything."
“Many of life's failures are
people who did not realize
how close they were to
success when they gave up.”
“Edison also invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.”
Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't sell
his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him.
“One has to remember
that every failure can
be a stepping stone to
“But then one did, and today there are KFC restaurants bearing his image
all over the world.”
R.H. Macy had a history failing businesses,
including a dud Macy's in NYC.
“Be everywhere, do everything, and
never fail to astonish the customer.”
“But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest
department store in the world.”
Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school,
the University of Southern California, three times.
“All good ideas start as
bad ideas. That’s why
it takes so long.”
“He sought out an education somewhere else and dropped out to be a director.”
Charlie Chaplin's act was rejected by executives because
they thought it was too obscure for people to understand.
“Failure is unimportant.
It takes courage to make
a fool of yourself.”
“But then they took a chance on Chaplin, who went on to become
America's first bona fide movie star.”
Marilyn Monroe's first contract with Columbia Pictures expired
because they told her she wasn't pretty or talented enough to
be an actress.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes good
things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
“Monroe kept plugging away and is one of the most iconic actresses
and sex symbols of all time.”
Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering
job at Toyota and left unemployed.
“Never let your failures go to
your heart or your successes
go to your head.”
“But then he began making motorcycles, started a business and became a billionaire.”
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.
“I had really all but given up
trying, but I did it because it
was a lifelong dream.”
“She began designing wedding gowns at 40 and today is the premier
designer in the business, with a multi-billion dollar industry.”
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because
he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
“The difference in winning and
losing is most often not quitting.”
“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.”
Albert Einstein didn't speak until age four and didn't
read until age seven. His teachers labeled him "slow"
and "mentally handicapped."
“A person who never made a
mistake never tried anything
“But Einstein just had a different way of thinking. He later won the
Nobel prize in physics.”
Charles Darwin was considered an average student.
He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to
school to become a parson.
“It is not the strongest or the
most intelligent who will
survive but those who can
best manage change.”
“But as Darwin studied nature, he found his calling.”
Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with running the
family farm but was a miserable failure.
“If I have seen further than
others, it is by standing upon
the shoulders of giants.”
“Newton was sent off to Cambridge University and became a physics scholar.”
Dick Cheney flunked out of Yale twice.
“No matter what kind of
problem I've run into,
there's always been
a solution for it.”
“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."
The first time Jerry Seinfeld went onstage, he
was booed away by the jeering crowd.
“To me, if life boils down
to one thing, it's movement.
To live is to keep moving.”
“Eventually, he became a famous comic with one of the most-loved sitcoms ever.”
In Fred Astaire's first screen test, the judges wrote:
"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."
“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.”
“Astaire went on to be the most famous dancer of all time and won the
hearts of American women forever.”
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."
“I have always been a learner
because I knew nothing.”
“He went on to win an Academy Award and is admired by actors everywhere.”
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television reporting job
because they told her she wasn't fit to be on screen.
"I don't believe in failure. It is not
failure if you enjoyed the process."
“But Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk
shows. She's also a billionaire.”
Lucille Ball spent many years on the B-list and
her agent told her to pursue a new career.
"I’d rather regret the
things I’ve done than
regret the things I
“Then she got her big break on I Love Lucy.”
After his first film, Harrison Ford underwhelmed the producer
and was told he would probably never succeed.
“We all have big changes in our lives that
are more or less a second chance.”
“But today Ford is the third highest-grossing actor of all time.”
Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire
life, to a friend.
“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting
the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”
“He sometimes starved in order to create the 800 paintings he'd
eventually do. Today, his works are priceless.”
Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected by 27 different
“You can get help from
teachers, but you are
going to have to learn
a lot by yourself, sitting
alone in a room.”
“He's now the most popular children's book author ever.”
Henry Ford's first auto company went out of
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin
again, this time more intelligently."
“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.”
While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through
5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.
“Enjoy failure and learn
from it. You can never
learn from success.”
“But the 5,127th prototype worked and now the Dyson brand is the bestselling vacuum cleaner in the United States.”
J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter
on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel.
“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.”
“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.”
Stephen King was initially so frustrated with his
first novel, Carrie that he threw it in the trash.
“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”
“King's wife found the manuscript in the trash and took it out. To date
his 49 novels have sold 350 million copies.”
Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try Again.
Fail again. Fail better.
Thank You Very Much
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