Failure is not the alternative to success. It’s something to be avoided, but it’s also only a temporary setback on a bigger, more significant course. Everybody encounters failure at one point or another. What truly matters is how you react to and learn from that failure.
Here a few examples of inspiring successful personalities who will make you believe that success comes after overcoming failures.
1) Thomas A Edison
Thomas Edison is first on this list, he is also known as the master of trial and error. It took him years to discover one of the most important discoveries of all time.
He failed almost 10,000 times before inventing the light bulb. However, every time someone asked him about his failure, he replied that he has not failed, but found another way to know why it won’t work.
As a child, his teachers always told his parents that he would never succeed in life due to his slow brain. Nevertheless, unlike everyone’s assumptions and beliefs, he came out to be a clear winner.
2) Bill Gates
Bill Gates is now one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, but he didn’t earn his fortune in a straight line to success. Gates entered the entrepreneurial scene with a company called Traf-O-Data, which aimed to process and analyze the data from traffic tapes (think of it like an early version of big data).
He tried to sell the idea alongside his business partner, Paul Allen, but the product barely even worked. It was a complete disaster. However, the failure did not hold Gates back from exploring new opportunities, and a few years later, he created his first Microsoft product, and forged a new path to success.
3) Walt Disney
A man who needs no introduction is Late Walt Disney; he was the owner and founder of the Walt Disney Inc. He lived in our hearts and minds over the years. A dropout from school at the age of 16 years, Walt Disney was rejected from the army due to his underage. After a lot of struggle, he got his first job was as a cartoonist at the local newspaper. The profession did not stay for long and he moved towards designing ads for newspapers. After a few years he and his brother, took over a company named Laugh-O-Gram, which went Bankrupt. Laugh-O-Gram was the first step to Walt Disney and the rest is history as we know it.
4) Nelson Mandela
Late Mandela is one of the most respected people around the world and South Africa. He faced a long struggle of 27 long years before being elected as the President of South Africa. During his time span in the jail, he kept a scrap of paper, which had the famous lines by William Ernest Henley, named “Invictus.” The lines stated “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
5) Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is an impressive entrepreneur because of his boundless innovations, but also because of his emphatic comeback from an almost irrecoverable failure. Jobs found success in his 20s when Apple became a massive empire, but when he was 30, Apple’s board of directors decided to fire him.
Undaunted by the failure, Jobs founded a new company, NeXT, which was eventually acquired by Apple. Once back at Apple, Jobs proved his capacity for greatness by reinventing the company’s image and taking the Apple brand to new heights.
6) Stephen King
The famous writer and novelist, Stephen King was alcohol abused at the age of 16 years to overcome his personal tragedies. King met the ends by working as a teacher in the rural Maine, when he narrated his first novel named “Carrie”. King submitted the story 30 times, each time it was rejected.On the thirty-first attempt, he threw the manuscript out of the window. His wife rescued the file and asked him to try once more and the world’s greatest classic was published.
7) Milton Hershey
Everyone knows Hershey’s chocolate, but when Milton Hershey first started his candy production career, he was a nobody. After being fired from an apprenticeship with a printer, Hershey started three separate candy-related ventures, and was forced to watch all of them fail.
In one last attempt, Hershey founded the Lancaster Caramel Company, and started seeing enormous results. Believing in his vision for milk chocolate for the masses, he eventually founded the Hershey Company and became one of the most well-known names in the industry.
8) J.K Rowling
The famous writer J.K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series is a great example. Her novel was rejected dozens of times before becoming the best seller in the history of fiction. The reason the book was published was because the CEO’s eight-year-old daughter begged him to publish it.
9) Akio Morita
Maybe most of us are not familiar with Akio Morita, but we are familiar with the brand name Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker, but it was a complete failure. The rice cooker could only sell 100 units. The setback did not hold its founder, Morita; he went ahead to create the multi dollar venture called Sony Inc.
10) Shahid Khan
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahid Khan moved to the United States as a teenager as a student. His first job was a dishwasher. After graduating with a degree in industrial engineering, he was hired by the automotive parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate, which he eventually bought and over the next three decades managed to turn it into a multi-billion dollar company. In addition to his business ventures, Khan also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars (of the NFL), as well as the English football team Fulham F.C.
In 2012, Shahid Khan was featured on the cover of Forbes as “the face of the American Dream.”