Famous Failures. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of all the points. :-)
Beethoven’s music teacher once told him that as a composer, he was hopeless.
Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.
John Creasy, the English novelist who wrote 564 books, was rejected 753 times before he became established.
Charles Darwin’s father told him he would amount to nothing and would be a disgrace to himself and his family.
Walt Disney was fired by the editor of a newspaper because he, Disney, had "no good ideas".
When Thomas Edison was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
Einstein was four-years-old before he spoke. He spoke haltingly until nine years of age. He was advised to drop out of High School. And his teachers told him he would never amount to much.
Henry Ford’s first two automobile businesses failed.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s early failed products included a lettuce-picking machine and an electric weight-loss machine.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
Ray Krok failed as a real estate salesperson before discovering the McDonald’s idea.
R.H. Macy failed 7 times before his store in New York caught on.
Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka sold only 100 of an automatic rice cooker which burned the rice. Later, they built a cheap tape recorder for Japanese schools. This was the foundation of Sony Corp.
Isaac Newton failed at running the family farm and did poorly in school.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times (but he also hit 714 home runs).
Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He was persuaded to come back and placed in a learning disabled class. He lasted a month.
The artist Whistler failed chemistry, failed at West Point and failed at engineering before turning his hand to art.
F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry good store when he was 21, but his employer would not let him wait on customers because he "didn’t have enough sense."
The great baseball pitcher Cy Young lost almost as many games as he won.
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