Inspirational Stories of Famous Failures and Their Future Success
His first book was rejected by 12 publishing houses and sixteen agents. – John Grisham
Turned down by a recording company saying “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out” They were talking about the Beatles
Was told by his father that he would amount to nothing and be a disgrace to himself and his family – Charles Darwin
Told by a music teacher “as a composer he is hopeless” – Beethoven
Was told that “he couldn’t sing at all” Enrico Caruso
Fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas” – Walt Disney
Were told by Publishers that “anthologies didn’t sell” and the book was “too positive”
Rejected a total of 140 times. The book? Chicken Soup for the Soul. It now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies all over the world.
Told by a teacher he was “too stupid to learn anything” Thomas Edison
Failed the sixth grade – Winston Churchill
Wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much” – Albert Einstein
Did poorly in school and failed at running the family farm – Isaac Newton
Was not allowed to wait on customers in the store he worked in because “he didn’t have enough sense” – F. W. Woolworth
Was cut from the high school basketball team, went home, locked himself in his room and cried – Michael Jordan
Producer told her she was “unattractive” and could not act – Marilyn Monroe
This book was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then sold over one million copies the first year. The book was Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Auditioned for All My Children and got rejected – Julia Roberts
Received 30 rejections and the author threw it in the trash. Luckily his wife fished it out again and encouraged him to resubmit it. The book was Carrie – the author Stephen King
As you can see, these are just a few of the people who refused to listen to the criticism or the “experts”.
If they could do it – so can you!
From: Janeen Elite, Yahoo Contributor Network.