6 Super Successful people who kicked off their careers with failure
Everybody encounters failure at one point or another. What truly matters is how you react to and learn from that failure. We have rounded up 6 stories of super successful people who kicked off their careers with failure.
Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959 and 8th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Before success, Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda, experienced epic failure. Soichiro was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time.
Akio Morita started a company that sold rice cookers. The cooker didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling just less than 100 units. It didn’t stop Morita and his partners and they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company, Sony.
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney is the world’s largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after Comcast. They own and licenses 14 theme parks around the world. Walt Disney was an innovator in animation and theme park design. He too had a bit of a rough start, when he was fired because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. There was a time when nobody wanted to him as either an artist or as an ambulance driver. He started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy.
Harland David Sanders
Better known as Colonel Sanders of KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken had a hard time selling his chicken. He was fired from a variety of jobs throughout his career before he started cooking chicken roadside. He was surviving off his $105 monthly pension check and used to sleep in his car. His world famous chicken recipe was rejected 1009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as a failure. Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child. She had a clinical depression and signed up for welfare benefits. Later, Joanne “Jo” Rowling wrote Harry Potter fantasy series. The books sold more than 400 million copies and become the best-selling book series in history.
Fred Smith got a failing grade for presenting a business idea in a business management class. What was the idea? Starting a parcel company that will deliver packages overnight. He later started Federal Express and in one instance to keep the company afloat, flew to Las Vegas with company’s last $5000 and won $27,000 gambling to cover the company’s $24,000 bill.
Federal Express is now called FedEx. It is the first overnight express delivery company in the world. It is also the largest parcel delivery company in the world.
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