Real life stories, a source of inspiration!
Publication Date: March 5, 2014, 12:34 p.m.
When we are unsuccessful in something, when we don’t make it the first time, when we receive criticism, we feel disappointed. Life itself, however, has proven that it shouldn’t be this way! How? Through real life stories! Below you will find some famous stories of people who achieved what people strongly doubted they could do and became the real proof for “never give up…”
- Soichiro Honda: Honda was turned down by Toyota after a job interview and was out of work for a while. He started making scooters at home and being encouraged by his neighbours, he finally set up his own company.
- Walt Disney: Today Disney earns billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks all over the world, but Walt Disney himself had a very difficult start. He was fired by the publisher of a newspaper because “he lacked imagination and didn’t have good ideas” and he went on to set up a series of businesses without much success.
- Albert Einstein: For most of us Einstein is the equivalent to a genious but he didn’t always appear to be so promising. He didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven and as result his teachers believed he was mentally challenged, slow and antisocial. Moreover, he was expelled from school and he was refused entry to the Polytechnic of Zurich.
- Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison that “he is too stupid to learn anything.” At work, things weren’t better since he was fired from his first two jobs because he wasn’t productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts to invent the electric bulb! Of course, all these unsuccessful attempts ended up in that top design which finally worked!
- Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the biggest leaders of the American nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. When he was young he went to war as a captain and returned as an ordinary sailor. Lincoln’s failure did not end there. He began a series of unsuccessful businesses and was defeated in a number of elections.
- Fred Astaire: In Fred Astaire’s first tryout the verdict was: “He can’t act. He can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire became a very successful actor, singer and dancer and kept the above note at home to remind him where he had started from.
- Charlie Chaplin: It’s difficult to imagine the history of the cinema without Charlie Chaplin but his acting was initially rejected by Hollywood because it was considered to be too silly to ever sell.
- Harrison Ford: The comments on his first film were that he simply doesn’t have what it takes to become a star. Today he can triumphantly prove that he really does have what it takes!
- Steven Spielberg: He was rejected three times from the School of Dramatic Arts of the University of South California. Finally, he attended a school in another area and then gave it up and became a director.
- Stephen King: His first book was rejected thirty times and he ended up throwing it in the rubbish! His wife rescued it and encouraged him to resubmit it. The rest is history and King is now one of the most best-selling authors of all times.
- Elvis Presley: In 1954, Jimmy Denny, Grand Ole Opry’s manager, fired Elvis after a performance saying: “You’re not going anywhere, son – you had better go back to driving trucks.”
- The Beatles: They were turned down by a record company because “we don’t like your sound and guitar music is on the way out”, two phrases with which the rest of the world could not disagree more
- Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that the internationally famous basketball player had really been rejected by his senior high school’s basketball team. He has stated: “I have missed over 9,000 shoots. I have lost over 300 games. In 26 cases I was trusted with a victory shoot and I missed it. I failed again and again in my life and this is the reason I succeeded”!
- Stan Smith: This tennis player was turned down from being a humble kid who catches the balls because the organisers of the even considered him to be too clumsy and uncoordinated. He proved his not so clumsy abilities by winning at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and eight Davis cups.
Next time you accept you can’t make it just because someone else told you so, my advice to you is to reconsider!
Translation: Panayiota Vlahopoulou