Michael Jordan; Cut from his high school basketball team.
JK Rowling; Was a single mum living off welfare when she started writing Harry Potter.
Dwayne Johnson; Left the Canadian NFL to move back home at 25 with $7 to his name.
Bill Gates; first business ‘Traf-O-Data’ failed miserably.
Albert Einstein; First words weren’t until he was three years old, deemed an outcast and destined to fail during school.
Jim Carrey; Was homeless when he was a teenager and had to drop out of school at 15 to support his family.
Richard Branson; Has dyslexia and spent a night in prison after his Virgin Shops were accused of tax evasion.
Stephen King; his first novel ‘Carrie’ was rejected 30 times and he threw the original draft in the bin, before his wife found it and encouraged him to keep going.
Oprah Winfrey; Molested by family members, she ran away from home at 14 and give birth to a child who died in infancy. She was also fired from her first news anchor role at 22.
Simon Cowell; In his late twenties he had a failed record company, went bust and moved back in with his parents.
Walt Disney: Fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”.
You never hear of these people complaining about how they have had it rough, or making excuses. In fact what they all say is that these experiences have helped them on their quest to accomplishing something great, despite their critics. People are so afraid of failing that they don't aim for success, and they settle for a life of mediocrity. How do you know how far you can push yourself if you are never prepared to fail?
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly"