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Top 10 Most Successful People who were once the Failures

We all want success in our life! But SUCCESS is not what you get in just a day. It takes years of hardwork, commitment and numerous sacrifices to achieve your goals.

Some people get heartbroken on their path and give up on their dreams and live their life as a failure.
BUT some of them don’t give up and continue to pursue their dreams, no matter what, until they reach their destination.

So here are top 10 famous personalities who failed in their life at various stages but with sheer hardwork and ‘never say die attitude’ reaped the fruits of success.



Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.

However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old turned into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

In his own words: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”



The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began. The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at Apple.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,” Jobs said in 2005.



Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army. One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

Yet today, the genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.



The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that “success is failure in progress.” To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.


Bruce lee
Bruce lee

BRUCE LEE was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.


Abraham lincoln
Abraham lincoln

Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

In this great man’s words: “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.


michael jordan
michael jordan

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years, basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.



During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure. Why? Simply because she was once a failure too. A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized.

In her words, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”



Shah Rukh Khan also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as “Baadshah of Bollywood“, “King of Bollywood” or “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as perhaps “the world’s biggest movie star”, Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. He is one of the richest actors in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$400–600 million.
Asked whether he would like to give any tips to struggling actors, he said: “You have to work hard and focus on acting. Yes PR and portfolio are all important, but acting is more important. Focus on acting.”



Was fired from her television reporting job as she was deemed not suitable for television.
Became what some might say the undisputed queen of television with her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah was viewed as an influential figure who inspired people with positive and uplifting messages. She’s now also a billionaire.

This is a message to inspire youngsters, who often give up quite early in their lives. Friends, there is always the next door, with new hope and path to success. Just believe in yourself and with real hardwork and your consistent effort will always lead to the path of success!