Failures can force anybody to step back. But the ones who fight their misfortunes and strive hard to achieve their dream are generally the ones who eventually find success.
Success is something that can’t be a decided with a toss of a coin. Hard work, determination and desire to go the extra yard are the ingredients for attaining success.
In today’s post, we enlist 12 celebrities who’ve found success after facing all sorts of problems in life. After being neglected by the world and left broken, they never allowed destiny to take control over their fate. With their untiring effort, dedication and hard work, they turned the time in their favour and ultimately rouse from the crowd to become standout.
1. Michael Jordan
The great basketball player was once ruled out of his high school basketball team due to lack of potential. He went to his home, locked himself in room and cried the entire day. We all can do the same, but what he did next was more striking. He went out, practiced lot harder and came back with more chutzpah. He is now living-legend.
2. Steve Jobs
After starting a company at a very young age, he was unceremoniously exited from the same at the age of 30. He was left devasted and depressed, but he used the anger only to prepare himself to stage a grand comeback with ‘Apple’. Now Steve Jobs is an iconic figure and everyone wants to emulate him.
3. Walt Disney
He co-founded ‘The Walt Disney Company’ (formerly know as Walt Disney Productions) only after being fired from the job at a newspaper ageny for his lack of imagination and original ideas. Firing from a job can dent anybody’s confidence, more-so with such a reason for outsting can break even the strongest of persons. But he fought back, and proved his former employer wrong.
4. Oprah Winfrey
The most celebrated media personality has a black past. Her childhood was spent in poverty, she was raped at the age of 9, and got pregnant at 13. She came back and became a news anchor but was later demoted for being not fit for television. She came back again, and now is the highest paid media personality in the world with a salary of $290 million per annum.
5. Albert Einstein
Unlike most children, he didn’t speak till he was 4 years old. When he started studies, he failed in Grade 1st and his teachers were never too optimistic whether he would excel in studies. But the man has different thoughts in mind, he proved the teachers wrong and went on to give e=mc2 that even the greatest of scholars can only use and discuss, but can’t prove.
Initial days of the pop icon were spent in poverty where he struggled for life’s basic needs. Then he lost in drugs, dropped out of school which forced him into an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Despite so much negativity, he came out as a pop icon.
8. The Beatles
The most famous band in the history of music was once rejected by a music company called Decca Recording Studios saying their music is crappy and the band has no future in the same genre. And years later, there came a time when the music releases of the same studio never culminated the size of audience that every single show of Beatles did.
9. Colonel Sanders
The brand KFC was a small startup with only 1 employee, Sanders himself. He started his dream when he was 65 with just 105$ in hand. He used to go to every restaurant and house to offer his chickens, and sleep in his car when his work gets over. He got many rejections. He got his first Yes after 1009 Nos.
10. Vincent Van Gogh
The famous painter worked over 800 peices. Nobody liked his paintings, and he sold only one in his lifetime and that too to one of his friend. And now, everyone wants to buy them. His most expensive painting is valued over 142 million. Just multiply it with 800 and see the figure it reaches.
11. JK Rowling
The author of Harry Potter had her manuscript rejected several times. Many rejected it without reading the complete novel. But she kept her head high, and continue to knock on the doors of the publishers. Finally, Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book but asked her to provide other services as well. Would have she succeeded if denied the proposal or stopped after a few refusals. She went the extra yard, took the pain and humility of rejection, and that’s why she one the most celebrated authors in the world. She is the first author to become billionaire by selling books.
12. Steven Spielberg
The director of movies like Saving Private Ryan and JurassicPark is someone, who can teach lessons of film making to best of professors, was once denied admission in University of South California Film School. He then went to California State University and did his graduation. In 1994, he received honorary degree from the same college which rejected him once. He now has a new worth of $2.7 billion. Steven Spielberg would never be known to us if he had stopped after first rejection.
If all of these famous celebrities would have taken a back step, there wouldn’t be iPads and Macs to enjoy music and do things, no Tom and Jerry and Mickey Mouse to watch and laugh, no Harry Potter to enjoy and no E=mc2 to do most vital calculations of Physics.
Success always comes to one who fights bad times and never give up.