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8 Famous People Who Found Success after Crushing Rejections

Famous People Who Failed at Their First Attempt at Career Success

Rejection. It’s a part of life, isn’t it? We’re rejected by schools, by colleges, by offices and casting people. Sometimes we’re even rejected by friends. The point of a rejection, however, isn’t in the feeling of crushing disappointment and failure. The whole point, in fact, is to look beyond those heavy feelings (easier said than done, of course) and to take stock of what we have. To take a step back and give ourselves some time to think about what we learned from this particular experience and to move forward once again, this time taking something more with us than what we originally had. At least, it seems to have worked for these people…

 

Walt Disney

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He was fired from his job in a newspaper called the Kansas City Star. Why? Because according to them, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” But he managed to survive this harsh dismissal of his abilities and became the millennium’s most loved cartoonist. In fact, his idea for Mickey Mouse came to him when he was headed home on a train, after yet another rejection.

 

Stephen King

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Stephen King on November 20th, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. Maja Hitij/Corbis

His first book, also his most famous, is called Carrie. It was this book that was rejected by publishers no less than thirty times. Frustrated with his consistent failure, he decided to toss the manuscript into the dustbin. Determined that he should not give up, however, his wife dug through all the trash, retrieved the book, and persuaded him to re-submit it.

 

The Beatles

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They approached a recording company called Decca Records and were turned down by its executive. They were rejected on the grounds that Dick Rowe, the executive, felt that guitar groups were no longer “in style” and that these four men had “no future in show business”. One can only guess how he felt when they became the phenomenon that they still are today.

 

J. K. Rowling

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The best-selling author of Harry Potter was rejected by 12 different publishers. None of these publishing houses could have predicted the sensation that Harry Potter would go on to become. Refusing to back down, Rowling continued to frequent different publishers, until finally one agreed. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Harland David Sanders

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Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.

 

Oprah Winfrey

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Before becoming the first African-American woman to star in her own reality TV show, she used to be an evening news reporter. However, she was fired because she apparently could not separate her emotions from the stories that she covered. And as we are all aware, her show featured emotion as its rock-solid foundation. She, therefore, took a loss and converted it into a victory for herself.

 

Thomas Edison

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He used to work at the Western Union, where he would secretly conduct experiments. One day, however, he accidentally spilled some sulfuric acid on the floor, due to which the entire floor got burnt. He was consequently fired, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as he could now devote all of his time to inventing.

 

Marilyn Monroe

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She went from one modeling agency to the next, trying to kick-start her career. However, all her efforts seemed to be to no avail. In fact, one of them even told her that she should consider becoming a secretary instead of a model. Not letting that bring her down, she persevered and went on to become one of America’s most memorable actresses.

It all depends, therefore, on how we, the rejectees, react to a failure. Do we fall down and stay down? Or do we choose to get back up, and fight with all we have?