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10 Famous Failures That Turned Into Success

Posted by | May 6, 2017 | Successful Entrepreneur Stories

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1.  Steph Curry 

Stephen Curry Story

  • NBA champion (2015)
  • 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016)
  • 4× NBA All-Star (2014–2017)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2014)
  • NBA scoring champion (2016)
  • NBA steals leader (2016)
  • NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015)
  • NBA Sportsmanship Award (2011)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)
  • AP Athlete of the Year (2015)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2009)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (2008)
  • NCAA Division I scoring leader (2009)
  • 2× SoCon Player of the Year (2008, 2009)

Failures – He was never offered a Top division 1 Scholarship. Scouting reports said his explosiveness and athleticism was below standard.

No Big school went calling for Steph Curry but he used it as motivation to work harder.

Stephen Curry – Success is Not an Accident


2- Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geise)

Dr Seuss's Success Story

Best Children’s Author in History

His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. ( Wikipedia)

Failures – His first Book was rejected by 27 different publishers. They said his material was too different and would never sell.


3- Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Theoretical Physicist

Novel Prize Winner

His name has become synonymous with “Genius”

Faliures –  He Was 4 years old before he could speak and 7 before he could read. Teachers said he would never amount to much.


4- Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg Success Story

Directed 51 films and awarded 3 Oscars.

The genius behind Jaws and E.T

2017 Net Worth:  5.41 billion USD (The Richest)

Failures – Due to poor grades in high school, he was rejected 3 times by the University of southern California school of Cinematic Arts.

Steven Spielberg’s Advice on Success


5- J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling success story

Best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

They have become the best-selling book series in history and been the basis for a series of films over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts (Wikipedia)

Failures – Her first Book was denied 30 times. She was told repeatedly ” sorry, that just wouldn’t make a good Book.”

6- Walt Disney

Walt Disney success story

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. Wikipedia

Creator of Mickey Mouse

Holds the record for most Oscars won by an individual

His Company is responsible for frozen and Snow white

Failures – He was fired from a newspaper for not being creative enough, they said he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.

7- Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey success story

Orpah Gail Winfrey, better known as Oprah Winfrey, is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.Wikipedia

Host of Multi-Award Winning Talk show

Founder of her Own Network

Net Worth $ 3.2 Billion

Failures – She was fired from her Job after her boss told her that she was too emotional and not fit for television.

8- Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Success story

Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur, businessman, inventor, and industrial designer. Wikipedia

Co-Founder of Apple, Inc

Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios

Net worth $ 8.3 Billion when he died in 2011

Failures – He dropped out of college after one semester. At 30 years old he was left devastated and depressed after being removed from the company he started.


9- Bill Gates

Bill gates Success story

Bill Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist. Wikipedia

Co-found Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software Company.

Gates was included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014 – Excluding a few years after the financial crisis of 2007-08.

Bill Gates 2017 Net Worth: $87.3 Billion

Failures – Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data, the business failed in the early 1970s.


10- Jack Ma

Jack Ma success story

Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses. Wikipedia

Jack Ma 2017 Net worth: 30.3 billion USD

  • Failures – He applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected.
  • When KFC launched in China, 24 people went for the Job, 23 people were accepted but Jack ma was rejected.
  • He applied for Harvard 10 times and got rejected.

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma: Harvard rejected me 10 times!

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