5 Famous Failures

A few weeks ago, I lost my job. Our whole team was made redundant, and I have been taking it quite hard. It’s the first time in my 15 working years that I have ever had a career choice made for me, and the sense of powerlessness and self-esteem drop has been taking its toll. With the gross process of job-seeking, selection criteria, interviews, rejections…blurgh, it’s the worst.

But, I am coming around to realise that failure is a part of life. A really, really important part. We are given the chance to learn from our mistakes, see how we cope with stress, try things we’ve been too scared to try, and have motivation to say “oh yeah world, well check THIS out!” Just take a look at some of the most successful failures around:

1) Oprah. Fired from her TV reporting job as “she was deemed not suitable for television.”

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” 


2) Einstein.  School grades were so poor, a teacher said “Einstein, you will never amount to anything!”

“Failure is success in progress”


3)  Lucille Ball. First few films were failures, and dubbed “Queen of the ‘B’ Movies”.

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”


4) Walt Disney. Fired as a newspaper editor, and told he ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’

“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you.”


5) J.K.Rowling. Her Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishers before it was picked up.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

How do you deal with failure?

Are you a ‘everything will work out’ or a ‘my life sucks’ type person?

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