Saturday, March 26, 2011

INSPIRATION OF THE DAY :Successful People Who Were Once Told They Were Failures

 Have you ever had a dream and people told you to keep your day job? Have people rejected your idea of what you knew was your calling in life? If so, you are not alone. A lot of famous and successful people did not have the support of those they looked up to. Teachers and other authority figures told these people they couldn't make it.
The list of people who were rejected in their field include artists, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, television personalities, actors, actresses, inventors and writers.
Look through the chart and see how some of your favorite people were once rejected. That should give you a lot of hope for fulfilling your life long dream even when people tell you that you won't.


Louisa May Alcott
Was encouraged to find work as a servant by her family to make ends meet.  
Her most famous work, "Little Women" is a classic.
Fred Astaire
In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."  
Become a successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.  
Lucille Ball
Was regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star.  
Had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, also earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors.  
Richard Bach
18 publishers rejected Bach's story about a soaring seagull.
The 10,000 word story, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" sold millions of copies.
When they were just starting out, a recording company told them "No." The were told "we don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,"  
Still popular with listeners around the world today. 
Ludwig van Beethoven
His teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing.
Beethoven composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time; five of them while he was completely deaf.
Enrico Caruso
His teacher said he had no voice.
What the world would be mission if Caruso had listened to that teacher?
Charlie Chaplin
His act was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because they felt it was a little too nonsensical to ever sell.  
What would movies be like today without his talent? 
Dick Cheney
Flunked out of Yale University, not once, but twice.  
Became Vice-President of the United States. 
Winston Churchill
Failed the sixth grade; faced many years of political failures and was defeated in every election for public office until age 62.
Became the Prime Minister at 62.  
Charles Darwin
Father said he was lazy and a dreamer
Well-known for his scientific studies.
Emily Dickinson
In her lifetime she was ignored, having fewer than a dozen poems published out of her almost 1,800 completed works 
Poems published after her death. Well known and loved today.
Walt Disney
He was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
After several failed businesses and bankruptcy, his theme parks, movies and merchandise earn billions each year.
Thomas Edison
Teachers told Edison he was "too stupid to learn anything." 
Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before inventing the light bulb.  
Albert Einstein
Did not speak until 4; did not read until 7; teachers thought he was mentally handicapped.
Won the Nobel Prize and changed the face of modern physics
Harrison Ford
After his first film was told by the movie executives that he simply didn't have what it takes to be a star.  
Has a career that stretches decades of acting. 
Henry Ford
His early businesses failed and left him broke five times.  
He founded the successful Ford Motor Company. 
Michael J. Fox
Dropped out of high school to pursue acting. One of his producers felt that Fox was too short in relation to the other actors and tried to have him replaced. The producer said that "this is not the kind of face you'll ever find on a lunch-box."
Today he is an actor, author, comedian, producer, activist and voice-over artist.
Sigmund Freud
Was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community of Europe. 
He returned to his office and kept on writing. 
Bill Gates
Dropped out of Harvard; first company failed.
His Microsoft company is a global empire.
Theodor Seuss Giesel
27 different publishers rejected his first book "To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street."  
Where would children today be without "The Cat in the Hat" or "Green Eggs and Ham"?
Zane Grey
Works were rejected; was told he had no business being a writer and should given up.
First work was published when he was 40, leaving him with almost 90 books to his name and selling over 50 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jordan
Cut from his high school basketball team.  
He didn't let this setback stop him from becoming one of the most famous basketball player in history.
Stephen King
The iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash.  
His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it. He now has hundreds of books published and is one of the best-selling authors of all time.
Abraham Lincoln
In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (as low as he could go.) He started numerous failed business and was defeated in numerous runs he made for public office.  
Became President of the United States. 
Vince Lombardi
An expert said he possessed minimal football knowledge and he lacked motivation.
Became famous football coach.
Jack London
His first story received six hundred rejection slips before finally being accepted.  
Went on to publish popular novels like" White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild,"  
R. H. Macy
He started seven failed businesses. 
Has large store chain. 
He was mocked and rejected by the artistic elite, the Paris Salon.  
Today Monet's work sells for millions of dollars and hangs in some of the most prestigious institutions in the world.  
Marilyn Monroe
Had a rough upbringing and were told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary 
Still remembered as a pin-up, model and actress  
Wolfgang Mozart
Was dismissed from being a court musician. Died with little to his name.
Began composing at the age of five, writing over 600 pieces of music that are some of the best ever created.
Sir Isaac Newton
He never did well in school. He failed so miserably when put in charge of the family farm that an uncle sent him away from home.
Became a genius in math. 
Sidney Poitier
Was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?"  
Won an Oscar and became one of the most well-regarded actors in the business.  
Elvis Presley
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
One of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death.  
J.K. Rowling
She was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school.
Went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years. 
Babe Ruth
Held the record for strikeouts (1,330 in all). .  
When asked about this he simply said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."  
Colonel Sanders
His secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times.
Colonel Sanders KFC is sold all over the world.
Charles Schultz
Had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Was rejected for a position working with Walt Disney.  
His "Peanuts" comic strip has had enduring fame. 
Jerry Seinfeld
Froze on his first performance and was jeered and booed off of the stage.  
Famous comedian. 
Was called "an immoral corrupter of youth" and was sentenced to death. Was forced to poison himself.  
One of the greatest philosophers of the Classical era. 
Steven Spielberg
Was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. 
Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.  Spielberg's name is synonymous now with television.
Robert Sternberg
Received a C in his first college introductory-psychology class. His teacher commented that "there was a famous Sternberg in psychology and it was obvious there would not be another."
Three years later Sternberg graduated with honors from Stanford University with exceptional distinction in psychology, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2002, he became President of the American Psychological Association.  
Sylvester Stallone
Was taunted in school and in and out of foster homes. Rocky scripts were rejected over 1500 times. When finally accepted he was asked not to star in them.
His sequels grossed over a billion dollars!!
Harry S. Truman
Started a store that sold silk shirts and other clothing; was a success at first only go bankrupt a few years later.
Became President of the United States. 
Vincent Van Gogh
Sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. 
Sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they bring in hundreds of millions.  
Meredith Vieira
Rejected by Harvard.
Entered television journalism and is now co-anchor of The Today Show.  
Oprah Winfrey
Endured a rough and abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for tv."  
one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world.  
F. W. Woolworth
His boss at a dry good company told him he lacked the sense to wait on customers.
He started his own company that was one of the biggest names in department stores.
Orville and Wilbur Wright
Battled depression and family illness.  
The brothers finally created a plane that could get airborne and stay there.  
If at first you don't success, try again!