11 Famous Successes That Stemmed From Failure

I have seen this list a number of times and find it inspiring and then forget about it, so am putting it front and center
11 Famous Successes that Stemmed from Failure
Peter Legge


The pursuit of success is full of some failures. In fact,
the more we fail, the greater our success. History is
chock-a-block full of people who might never have made a
success of their lives without some big challenges.
See if you can figure out who’s who in these descriptions.
(Answers found at the bottom.)
A.) He failed the sixth grade and was defeated in every
single election for public office until he became Prime
Minister at the young age of 62.
B.) He was booed from the podium when he first released his
ideas, and was considered an outcast by his peers and the
scientific community.
C.) In the first year of her contract, she was dropped by
her producers because they thought she was unattractive and
couldn’t act.
D.) He did not speak until he was four years old, and
couldn’t read until he was seven. His parents thought he
was “sub-normal.” He was expelled from school and his
teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and
adrift forever in foolish dreams.”
E.) He was fired after his first performance at the Grand
Ole Opry and told by the manager, “You ain’t going nowhere
son, you otta go back to driving a truck.”
F.) She was broke, living on welfare, severely depressed,
divorced and a single mother while attending school and
attempting to write her first novel.
G.) After a screen test, the memo from the director read,
“can’t act, can’t sing, slightly bald, can dance…a
H.) A professor suggested he drop out of the English
department and college altogether. At his very first job,
he was paid in cases of shaving cream, soda and nail
clippers. His first book was rejected by 27 publishers
before printers accepted it.
I.) Enduring a rough and often abusive childhood, she faced
numerous career setbacks including being fired from her
first job because she was unfit for TV.
J.) He was told by Emperor Ferdinand that his operas were
“far too noisy” and contained “far too many notes.”
K.) They said he was too small and didn’t skate well
enough. Yet, he set the standard for grit, courage, skill
and humility.
A) Winston Churchill; B) Sigmund Freud; C) Marilyn Monroe;
D) Albert Einstein; E) Elvis Presley; F) J.K. Rowling; G)
Fred Astaire; H) Dr. Seuss; I) Oprah Winfrey; J) Wolfgang
Mozart; K) Stan “Steamer” Smyl – Vancouver Canucks.
If you never fail, you’ll never succeed.

21 thoughts on “11 Famous Successes That Stemmed From Failure”

  1. this is such a great reminder to all of us to never give up following our dream. People say if you keep failing and trying again, you’ll lose credibility – actually I don’t know if “people” say that, my ex did though! I say keep trying till you hit the jackpot. Who cares what “people” think anyways.
    great post.

  2. Yep, for every mega successful person out there, there are many, many stories of struggle and failure and they are not shared enough. 🙂
    TY for your patience as I have been adjusting to a changed schedule … Glad to comment again. 🙂

  3. I once knew the son of Winston Churchill’s housekeeper, he was the odd job man at a manor house where I was the housekeeper!! what a list, i shall have to come back to work them out when have my cup of tea! c

  4. Sad comment about Freud. He was booed off the podium because he suggested the root of young women’s “Hysteria” was having been sexually abused. Suspect many of those booing had a few among them. Anyway, he changed his theory to gain acceptance. Said the abuse reported by the young women were fantasies of their desire to possess the father or a penis. Sigh set therapy back hundreds of years and prolonged the abuse of children and young men and women.

    Somewhat of a Crank, but more just a said fact and a reminder of what we do to gain favor from our peers. Think will build a Cranky Old Lady post about that one. Sigh, so much to crank about. Love the list and had a similar one I used when teaching human behavior. Asked my classes ot assigne a diagnosis. Trying to teach more than labels.

    Thank you for this one.

  5. just goes to show that maybe we all have hidden talents lying dormant until one person has faith in our abilities.

    I have not yet been discovered as a great operatic singer as my hubby says it like a cat wailing..do you think this is fair? I tell him that he will regret his words when he has to pay to hear me at the Albert Hall

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