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Success vs Failure – It’s a Choice Between Trying Again or Walking Away

There is something to be said for perseverance. Throughout history there have been many people who have become successful because of their drive, hard work, and an unwillingness to give up. These people can be seen in many different roles in history and reading about them can be very motivating. So if you need something to push you forward, just come back and read this list again!

Walt Disney started a number of businesses that failed and also made some very bad decisions early in his career. At one point, he was fired by a newspaper editor because he lacked imagination. Just imagine if he would have given up? Where would we go to find the “happiest place on earth?”

Stephen Spielberg was rejected from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts 3 Times! They ended up awarding him an honorary degree in 1994 and he became a Trustee in 1996. Success is truly the best revenge!

Fred Astaire was evaluated during one of his early screen tests as: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” I beg to differ.

Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers before finding one willing to publish his first book. Talk about tenacity!

The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records because they thought groups with guitars wouldn’t last. Oops.

Elvis Presley’s teacher in high school told him he couldn’t sing. The manager at the Grand Ole Opry told him he was better off driving a truck! We all know how that turned out!

What Do We Learn From This?

  1. If you really believe in what you are doing, don’t give up!

  2. Being rejected does not mean you have failed, it means you need to find a different route to success.

  3. Just because someone has the power at any given point in time to approve or reject you or your idea doesn’t mean they are making the right decision.

The Bottom Line

Keep trying! If you have a good product, service, idea – don’t give up. You may need to make changes, present it in a different way, or revise it – but that’s OK! If you love an idea there is a good chance others will love it as well.

Photo Credits: Pixabay


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