When people are famous or successful we tend to think that they have always been on top of the world. We might think, “Wow, that would be nice to be him or him.” We might consider “I wish I could be that person” or “I wish I could have my life; it must be fantastic !”
What most of us tend to forget is that to get to where these people are, you also have to go through what they’ve been through to get there. How many times have they failed before reaching the top? There is a long list of hypotheses and possible difficulties that every successful person has to face on the way to success.
Here I’m sharing some research I did on the lives of three people and the odds they overcame before achieving success by modern standards. Getting to the top wasn’t easy for any of the three.
JK Rowling: “The first agent I interviewed (for Harry Potter) sent me back a leaflet saying ‘My list is full. The file you sent wouldn’t fit in the envelope, ”Rowling explains. To add to the agony, the agent even kept the folder in which she sent her book. To which she said: “I really cared about the file because I had almost no money and had to buy another one.” Says a lot about the humble beginnings of someone who has always been among the richest people in Europe – after the release of his books and films. But she never gave up trying, even after rejections from 12 publishers. And it’s a classic story of motivation and state of mind that is needed to reach the best bestsellers in the history of literature. I think it’s finally settled – success stories are about hard work and unwavering determination, not daydreaming on the job.
Walt Disney: He was fired from a newspaper animation job for “not being creative enough.” And that was the turning point in Walt Disney’s life. Instead of moping, Disney got motivated to get the boot. He started to create characters one of which made him a fortune that he couldn’t even dream of at the time. Today, Disney’s Mickey Mouse is so iconic that his popularity exceeds nearly 90% of living humans. Think about it – a cartoon character so much larger than life that he has eclipsed real humans. Disney went on to win 22 academy awards (the most ever!) Plus four honoraria, bringing the total to 26. He is also the most Oscar nominated person in history with a total of 59. From himself get turned into getting really rich for the same reason he was fired, success stories like that of Disney should be taught in school.
Jan Koum: Ring a bell? If you don’t keep reading, it just might! While not a typical victim of racism, he faced some pretty harsh rejections before sticking with the people who rejected him for the job. Koum, born and raised in a small village in Ukraine, was the only child of a housewife and a construction manager who built hospitals and schools. Incredibly, he didn’t even have hot water growing up. Several years later, he (along with Brian Acton, his co-founder) again faced a crisis in life when Facebook refused to offer them a job. But what they did next has become an industry legend. Jan and Acton have created a chatting app called WhatsApp. Then they sold it for $ 19 billion to the same company (Facebook) that denied them a job. What would have happened if Facebook had accepted these people before?
Conclusion – Any so-called failure may in fact be a preparation for the end result of ultimate success. Keep it up – even when the going gets tough, failure is part of the normal process.