Failure is just one part of the typical career in 2016. One could argue that it’s as, if not more, important than success. Falling down teaches us how to pull ourselves back up but it also can be used to set some perspective.
Continuous failure could be a sign that you’re not putting enough work in and you don’t really care. What matters is how you respond to it.
Even the most successful people in the world have experienced failure of some sorts. There are exceptions to the rule like Zuckerberg but even he had to be sued numerous times before Facebook could be given his undivided attention.
Here are five success stories that came to be through the channels of crushing failure.
1. Lady Gaga
Prior to being a world renowned popstar, Gaga got dropped by her record label after three months. Music labels are fickle at the best of times and apparently can’t predict what artists are going to bomb and which will attain a $59 million net worth. Her latest album Joanne was released last week!
2. Steven Spielberg
We always assume that industry innovators had no problems with education, however, before Spielberg began to colour the imaginations of a generation, he was rejected from film school numerous times.
3. Anna Wintour
After only nine months as a fashion editor, Wintour was given the sack for failing to understand the American demographic. Soon enough the icon was the editor-in-chief of Vogue. She took the incident on the chin once saying that: “I think everyone should get fired once”.
4. Dr. Seuss
Known to his friends as Theodor Seuss Geisel, the children’s book author had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers. Maybe they hated rhymes? Today, over 600 million copies of his books have been sold and as many hearts have been warmed.
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5. Carey Mulligan
Before becoming the wonderful actor we have known and loved for over a decade now, Mulligan was rejected from every single drama school she applied to her. One auditor told her to focus on being a children’s TV presenter instead. Ouch,