There is an adage that says if at first, I didn’t succeed I will try, try and try again. Sometimes you have to fail if you need to succeed. Success doesn’t just come one’s way overnight. All the celebrities on this list are very successful in their various careers, but many people don’t know how much they have failed because it takes 1 success to erase 1000 failures.
These people’s story will give you hope if you’re currently facing failure.
1. STEPHEN KING
Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the most successful authors in history. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and his favorite stories have been acted as movies. It took him some time to establish himself as an author.
His stories were always rejected. His famous story Carrie was rejected by 30 authors before it became a thriller.
Stephen King has published over 50 best sellers story.
2. ALBERT EINSTEIN
When we hear the word genius is Einstein is the first name that comes to mind. His theories are still relevant to science today.
Einstein experienced failures while growing up. He didn’t speak until he clocked 4. At 16, He failed his entrance examination into Swiss federal polytechnic school. He, however, did manage to graduate from the university, although he nearly dropped out because he had problems with most of his courses.
3. CHARLES DARWIN
Charles Darwin was considered a failure by his father. Darwin neglected his medical school and eventually dropped out. Charles Darwin later became one of the most influential scientists in history with his many discoveries.
Beyoncé is a sensational musician known for her powerful vocals. She didn’t make stardom easily.
Beyoncé was only a nine years old girl when are group lost a competition called “star search.” After the defeat, the group changed its name from Girl Tyme to Destiny’s child. We all knew where the story ends.
5. Charlie Chaplin
Many of his videos are still on the internet to enjoy.
Charlie Chaplin was born into poverty. His father abandoned him at the very tender age of 2 and was later forced to when he became 7 years old. Chaplin managed to become the most celebrated silent filmmaker of all time.
6. DR SEUSS
This man is an inspiration to writers who are getting rejected by publishers. His first manuscript was titled “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street” was rejected 28 times, two less than Stephen King. Random House/ Vanguard Press later accepted it.
7. J.K ROWLING
According to Forbes, J.K Rowling became the first author to earn billions from writing.
Her Popular book”Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone” was rejected 12 times by different publishers and Oxford University.
1996 was the beginning of her success story when the story was accepted by Bloomsbury fur publication.
8. HARRISON FORD
This is another stunning actor on the list. Ford went to Los Angeles after graduating from college. He planned to voice-overs in L.A. but he failed to get the job, but he didn’t leave L.A
Ford did mania jobs for two years before he got his first uncredited movie role. Today he is known as Indiana Jones.
9. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Lincoln is known by many as the greatest president in the history of America, but Many people don’t know how much he failed before becoming the great president of America.
He failed too many times. He lost his job just when he was 23 years old, at 26 he lost his bid for the state legislature. He list bid once more to become a speaker at Illinois house of representatives.
It wasn’t until 1861 when he contested at the highest level that he won an election that made him the president of the United States of America. He was 52 at the time.
10. KATY PERRY
Who doesn’t know Katy Perry today? She did not just come to limelight like that. Her low-income family background made sure she had to suffer. There were times they lived on food stamps.
Katy dropped out of high school when she was 15 to pursue a career in music. She had to move to Tennessee where she signed her first music deal with Redbull records. She started her career as a gospel musician, but that didn’t go well because the first record sold just 200 copies
She got signed by another record label in 2004, but she was dropped because she couldn’t make any hit. Her breakthrough came in 2007 when she was signed by Capitol records that she’s finally made a first significant hit titled I kissed a girl. Today her record sells millions of copies worldwide.
Jay- Z had one of the roughest childhood. He started selling drugs when he was still a child and later decided to become a rapper but he was rejected by every major record label that was around at the time, so he had to start his record label called “Roc-A-Fella records” his debut album titled “Reasonable Doubt” was a successful project and its featured as number 23 on billboard top 200. Rolling, stones say it is one of the greatest 500 albums of all time.
jay z today is not a very successful musician, and he is one of the richest musicians alive is married to Beyonce, and they are both successful although it wasn’t easy for them growing up as kids
12. 50 CENT
The American rapper and actor grew up in queens new york the roughest part of America his life as a kid was very very terrible he had a mother who sells illegal drug, so it wasn’t long until he started selling. He became a drug dealer at the age of 12 and was later arrested. He survived nine bullet shots
In 2002 Eminem listen to his track “Guess who is back?” and was impressed he had to sign into his record label. 50 cents’ name will go down in history as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
The queen of television is Oprah Winfrey she doesn’t even have to be a pop star to claim this title. The first television job wasn’t the best because she was publicly fired for getting so emotionally invested in our stories.
Childhood was not easy for Oprah; she was sexually molested by a cousin, her uncle, and a family friend. She had to run away from home at the age of 13. At 14 she got pregnant and later gave birth prematurely to a baby that later died.
She started work with a radio station but later moved to Television after winning beauty pageantry. Now she has her television show known as the “Oprah Winfrey Show” that has featured renowned politicians, pop stars, inventors and many great people in life. According to Forbes, she has a net worth of 3 billion dollars.
14. BILL GATES
Bill Gates didn’t have a weak background like many others on this list. His father was a top-rated lawyer so many expected him to become a lawyer as well, but he had other plans for himself. He had an interest in computers, so he started his first company at the age of 17 called Traf-O-Data. The company failed before it even began operating. He was also a Harvard dropout; this is his only failure known many. His passion for computers led him to discover “windows.” He started Microsoft known as a world largest software company the company. It went public in 1986, and by the next year when he was 31, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Bill gates have been topping the chart at the world’s richest man for many years, and even today he is still one of the wealthiest people in the world. He has used his wealth to impact much life through his bill gate and Melinda Gates Foundation.
15. STEVE JOBS
Steve Jobs is popularly known as the mastermind behind Apple one of the most successful companies in the world today. He dropped out of Oregon’s read college after just one semester he also he quitted his first job. Jobs claims that the failures he had experienced helped him create the iconic brand apple. Although, he earns just $1 as his annual salary his net worth is estimated to be about 8.3 billion dollars. Apple is the first company to reach a trillion dollars in the world, all thanks to the Jobs.
16. GEORGE LUCAS
George Lucas used to be a race car driver until had a career-ending accident that almost claimed his life. He is now known to be the world’s best filmmaker. His first movie wasn’t a success at all, but that didn’t make give up.
He believed in himself and went on to film his next movie “American Graffiti”,” and that was a huge success. He picked up his pace from there and made “star wars” that made him a legend. Although the studio, century fox didn’t understand what it was, the success of his previous movie made it believe in him.