15 People Who Turned Their Failures into Success


Before attaining success in their career, some of the famous people experienced epic failures. However, these people treated failures as pillars of strength and rose to the heights which are practically impossible for anyone else to attain and became the successmaker that the world talks about

So below is the list of 15 such people who encountered epic failures before finally kissing the flag of success.


1. Oprah

successmaker oprahOprah is now a billionaire who even owns her own TV channel. However, in her early years, she was fired as an anchor in a TV show in Baltimore. Last year, speaking at the Harvard University, she shared a bit of her experience and said “ There is nothing such as Failure. Failure is a just life which is trying to move us in other directions.”

Obviously, starting her own TV channel, she made sure that she become a legendary successmaker

2. Steven Spielberg


The king of Hollywood and winner of three Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg was rejected TWICE from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The director and producer whose movies have earned more than $9 Billion are one of the finest directors born ever on earth. Later the school as a gesture of saying sorry to this great successmaker built a building in honor of him.

3. Thomas Edison


The story about his success is known by almost in our country. The successmaker who is credited most with the discovery of Electric bulb was told by his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” However till date this man is known to have more than 1000 patents with some of the important one being phonograph as well as an electric lamp.

So, seems like he was not stupid at all. Instead was smarter than most of his teachers.

4. Walt Disney


Can you imagine a time of childhood when there were no Disney cartoons? Well, 90’s kids cannot. This man who is famously known for his creation of Mickey Mouse was told by the editor of a newspaper that he lacked creativity and didn’t have many good ideas. Later, Disney went on to create a channel bearing his name.

5. Albert Einstein

successmakerWhen we talk about this legendary successmaker all you can think is something or someone intelligent. However, the man who changed the concept of Physics was not able to speak until he was four. He couldn’t read up on seven and most people thought he was not mentally fit. However later this man went on to receive a Nobel Prize and is regarded as one of the smartest guys ever born on Earth.

6. JK Rowling


Before being one of the richest authors in the country and an inspiring successmaker, JK Rowling was a depressed single mother with no money. She used to study while simultaneously writing a novel. When asked about her early failures she says “It is impossible that you live without failing at something unless you are living extremely cautiously which is like not have lived at all-in which case, you tend to fail by default.”

7. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was the man who had faced numerous failures in his life. He went to war as a captain and returned as a private the lowest rank in the military. Later he ran many unsuccessful businesses while finally entering into the field of politics. There again he ran many unsuccessful campaigns however later rose to the position of the president and become the inspiring successmaker he is considered today.

8. Jerry Seinfeld

Before his show about nothing, Seinfeld was a young comedian who used to do stand-up acts. On his first time on stage, he froze and literally couldn’t speak anything and was booed by the crowd. He had two options of either leaving the stage and thinking that comedy wasn’t what he was born for, or to go back at the same stage and leave the crowd laughing their asses off. He went for the second option and became one of the greatest sucessmaker in the world

9. Theodor Seuss Geisel

This man who is famously known as Dr. Seuss had his first book being rejected by almost 27 publishers who thought it wasn’t good enough. However, later this author went on to sell more than 600 million copies of the SAME book.

10. Stephen King

Continuing the tradition of “Publishers Making Dumb Decisions,” there is another instance of the famous book “Carrie” being rejected by publishers almost 30 times. Frustrated this man threw his book in the trash which his wife later retrieved and asked him to resubmit it. And now all of us know what this successmaker is actually capable of.

11. Vincent Van Gough

Now, this truly is a sad story of the great painter Van Gough, who painting now days would cost you somewhat of $100 million. However the time he was alive he couldn’t sell his work and through his entire lifetime, he was just able to sell one painting “ The Red Vineyard” that too on a time close to his death.

12. Elvis Presley

After his performance at the  Grand Ole Opry, the great Elvis Presley was greeted with a statement. You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Later fired, Elvis Presley left the keys in the truck and rose to become one of the biggest stars and successmaker; the world has ever seen.

13. Michael Jordan

Thevery famous successmaker who has won six championships, as well as 5 MVP’s, was not included in his high school basketball team. The man who is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all the time says

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

14. Charles Darwin

Darwin, who was an average student in his schooling years, and as a result abandoned his career in medicine, is regarded as one of the most important people ever born on Earth. This epic led his lifetime on researching about nature and his seminal “On the Origin of Species” is something that has altered the way we look at our existence.

15. Sir James Dyson

Most people remember the frustration of not getting something right the first time. However, how would you think if you didn’t get it right the next 5,126 times? Yes, that is exactly the number of failed prototypes that Sir James Dyson had after finally coming up with the bagless vacuum cleaner with a net worth of $4.5 billion.

So do these stories of failures which later turned into success inspires you? It does to me.

You do not become a successmaker without facing failures; failures lead to success.

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