In his early years, teachers told Edison he was &quot;too stupid to learn anything.&quot; Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked. http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/02/16/50-famously-successful-people-who-failed-at-first/
soon after conceiving the idea for Harry Potter, Rowling began writing, but was immediately pulled away from her work by the devastating death of her mother. Rowling ceased working on the book and sank into a deep, grieving depression, getting little to nothing accomplished in that time. In the hopes of digging herself out of grievance, she took a job teaching English in Portugal for a year. Her goal in venturing abroad was to get away from her troubles and more importantly, use her time off to continue working on her book. She set the goal of having the first Harry Potter book done by the time she returned from Portugal. Things did not go as planned. Not only did she fail to make progress on her first book, but after falling in, and then out of, love, she ended up with a failed marriage and a baby daughter she now had to raise alone. She came back to nothing. She had no job, no finished product and two mouths to feed. She had hit rock bottom. As she struggled with depression, raising a child on her own and living off meager unemployment benefits, she resumed work on her book in cafes while her daughter was asleep. Despite numerous setbacks, she found solace in doing what she loved – writing. In fact, she found that the little she had was enough to be moderately happy. She had ended up in exactly the position she had feared most and found that it wasn’t that bad. There wasn’t anything left to be afraid of and her worked showcased that mindset. When Rowling finally finished the first three chapters, she sent the manuscript off to a publisher – They quickly passed on the project. She sent it to another publisher. Again, the answer was no. Her mailbox filled up with rejection letters, but she didn’t let it stop her. “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.” --- J.K. Rowling After sending her manuscript to 12 different publishers and getting rejected by every single one, Rowling began losing confidence in her book. Finally, the editor at Bloomsbury Publishing company sat down to read the manuscript. And so did the editor’s 8 year-old daughter. The little girl loved the opening chapters, and begged to read the whole thing. This made the publisher agree to publish Rowling’s novel. But Rowling was left with a warning: that she should get a day job, because she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books. Once Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published, though, she proved everyone wrong. J.K. Rowling went from being a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits to one of the best selling authors of all time. But it didn’t happen over night. She faced rejection and constantly strived for success. She worked hard at her craft before anyone noticed her. That practice, along with strengthening herself against rejection, was what made her work unforgettable. Looking back, the Harry Potter series has earned over $400 million in book sales, and the last movie alone earned $476 million dollars in ticket sales... on opening weekend. She was the first female to become a billionaire author, not that many authors make it that far in the first place. If you have a dream or a passion and you keep getting rejected or running into failure, don’t let that stop you. If you’re going through a tough time in your life, but working on something you really believe in, don’t give up. If you do, you’ll never know what could have been. Who knows, you might end up breaking records. “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 For more inspiration, check out our fellows page to read about what the amazing people in our community have done. Written by Morgan Ostrowsky
Few people can deny the lasting power of this super group, still popular with listeners around the world today. Yet when they were just starting out, a recording company told them no. The were told &quot;we don&apos;t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,&quot; two things the rest of the world couldn&apos;t have disagreed with more.
Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, &quot;he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.&quot; After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn&apos;t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
Apple It&apos;s one of the most valuable brands today, so it&apos;s often surprising when people learn that Apple&apos;s first computers were built in a small garage in Cupertino, California. In 1976, Steve Wozniak created the first Apple computer. He then joined forces with the late Steve Jobs and another partner, Ronald Wayne, to launch Apple Computer Co. from Jobs&apos; adopted parents&apos; garage . One of their first big orders was from a local retailer who ordered 50 computers at $500 apiece, which they were able to produce in just 30 days. Although Wayne had already abandoned the business, Jobs and Wozniak successfully reached their goal in just 30 days. Today, the Silicon Valley home where Jobs grew up is listed as one of the city&apos;s historic properties .
National Book Store, Inc. National Book Store (NBS) currently has 128 branches all over the Philippines.This number proves that this business is successful. They are widely known especially to students since most of the things that they provide are of their necessity. What’s good in this company is the story before it came to riches. The person behind the success of NBS is Socorro Cancio-Ramos, a woman who started as a saleslady in another bookstore. When she got married, her family has put up the NBS in Manila. However, selling books is not very popular during World War II so she decided to sell something other than books. Fortunately, all their stocks were sold during the American era and they have continued to build a small tent to continue their business. Unfortunately, their small tent was destroyed by a typhoon sooner. But with great perseverance and effort, NBS has reached its place today as one of the greatest and successful companies here in the Philippines.
Motivational speech for employees by Dr. Roel Tolentino (Pasig City, Philippines)