The next time you fail, take a moment to remind yourself of the excellent company you keep:
- Publishers rejected Stephen King’s first book thirty times. After throwing the book in the trash, King’s wife retrieved it, and gently nudged him to give it just one more go. Hundreds of published books later, he’s now one of the most widely known, best-selling authors of all time.
- Walt Disney was axed because his editor said he seriously lacked in the imagination and good ideas departments. After starting a string of failed businesses, he eventually uncovered the recipe for mind-blowing success. And of course, today Walt Disney, Inc. still brings in billions of dollars, dozens of years after Walt’s death.
- Albert Einstein couldn’t even talk until he was four, couldn’t read until he was seven, and his teachers and parents actually thought he was mentally retarded. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics and is responsible for multiple, paradigm shifting breakthroughs in Science.
- Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive (to a sympathetic friend for a paltry sum). Though he never enjoyed “success” during his lifetime, he kept painting and today, his paintings are worth millions and considered masterpieces of brilliance.
- After a single performance, the Grand Ole Opry’s manager told Elvis Presley, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Then he became one of the best-selling artists of all time, bar none. Still a household name even today.
- Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” As an inventor, Edison failed literally a thousand times at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail a thousand times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”