Famous People Who Failed Before They Succeeded

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Failure is the First Step to Ultimate Success

Lemons to lemonade, straw into gold, and failure to success. 

These are phrases we are all too familiar with, especially in 2020. Am I right?

This morning I was reminded of some of the famous people who failed before they succeeded or were rejected before they became raging successes. (There are so many more).

Take a moment to read over each of these and remind yourself to keep going. 2020 will end one day. And if we keep going with half the tenacity and drive of the following people, we may just survive!

Be encouraged, my friends…

9 Famous Unbelievable Successes Who First Failed

Thomas Edison, America’s greatest inventor, inventor of the light bulb and the phonograph (for goodness sake), was told he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel, America’s children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, was rejected by 27 different publishers.

Walt Disney, I don’t have to say who he is, dad of Mickey Mouse was fired from the Kansas City Star. His editor said he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it, I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.”Walt Disney

Elvis Presley was told, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck,” after his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. He threw his truck keys away!

Oprah Winfrey was told she was “unfit for television.” I say… T.V.s for EVERYONE!!

JK Rowling, British author of the 7 Harry Potter novels… 12 publishers rejected the Harry Potter manuscript.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld was booed off the stage in his first time on stage.

Lady Gaga was dropped by her record label after 3 months. Pushing forward, she made it big with the hit Just Dance, and the rest is history.

Perhaps my favorite… Barbra Streisand was rejected and dismissed for her big nose, poor acting, and for looking too Jewish. She went on to gain the title of “one of the best-selling recording artists of all time!”

Encouragement, My Friends… 

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These 9 famous people all made it with a can-do and a never-give-up attitude. Yes, there were tears and pain, but they made it! Failure is the first step to ultimate success!

2020 is unbearable. I cannot wait for a new beginning. However, all we can do is be safe, be smart, and keep going!

So, when life’s gotcha down and the “failures” come in, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again. Take the first step to ultimate success.

Love, SimplySunni

P.S. Never forget to PRAY!


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