When you struggle with a challenge, you have to think wisely and adjust your ways according to that. However, often it just takes perseverance and determination to assure yourself that you are on the right track. You should always remind yourself that rejection and failure are just minor obstacles on your road to success. In this article, we are going to write about 10 real-life examples of never giving up.
10 Real-Life Examples of Never Giving Up
It must have been a thrilling experience for Astaire in his early days to book a screen test for MGM Studios. Until, he got the feedback of the director which stated that he can’t sing or sing, he is slightly bald and not handsome. After he became successful, he displayed that note in his mansion at Beverly Hills to remind himself to never to take no as an answer.
Henry Ford left his comfortable long-term job in 1889 to concentrate on the establishment of the Detroit Automobile Company with investment money of $150,000. After over a year it went bankrupt. His investors still had faith in him and invested in the Henry Ford Company in the year 1901. This company went bankrupt too. After these failures, he established Ford Motor Company in 1903.
Jack Ma saw several failures in his life. He could get into college because he didn’t pass the entrance examination. On his first try, he scored 1 out of 120 in Math exams. He failed again in failed on his second attempt and somehow passed on his third. He enrolled in the less-than-prestigious Hangzhou Institute. After graduation, he experienced several rejections again including a role in KFC where the rest 24 applicants were selected. Eventually, he got a job as an English teacher at a local university. He saw an opportunity to bring the WWW to China in 1995 while visiting a friend in the US. This man who was nothing but a failure created Alibaba and became one of the most affluent men in the world.
During the early 1990s, Jay-Z was turned down as a rapper by every record label in the music industry. Some said he was too old and some stated that he was not hard enough because his lyrics were not about crime or drugs. Instead of giving up his dream, he formed his record label and released his first album.
J K Rowling
It is hard to believe that Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel got rejected 12 times. She was even suggested “not to quit her day job.” Even her recent anonymously penned novels continue to get rejection letters which she posted on Twitter. She is not the only one, she has a club of amazing writers whose works got rejected multiple times. Jack London’s first work was rejected about 600 times before finally being published. Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before it got published.
We all know Jim Carrey as a comedic legend. But very few of us know about his past life. He grew up in poverty and certainly didn’t get his fame handed to him. At the age of fifteen, Carrey worked as a janitor to pay the home bills. During his first performance at Yuk Yuk’s which is a comedy club in Toronto, Carrey was booed off the stage.
Michael Jordan was removed from the basketball team in his high school. Then he became one of the most popular and greatest basketball players in the history of basketball. As he rightfully stated “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Winfrey was hired as co-anchor, an enviable job for a young journalist, but she was dropped after a few months of working. After the work at Baltimore’s ABC, she then had to continue working for less prestigious jobs such as writing and street reporting. She was a slow writer and she considers her early years as the “first and worst failure of her TV Career.” However, she didn’t change her course, quit, or shifted to something different, and the rest is history.
The Beatles were rejected by almost every record label in the business. An executive at Decca Records even said that they have no potential in show business. If you ever experience failure or rejection, it may as well be that you haven’t failed. After two years they were rejected by Decca, George Harrison returned to the label to give a tip.
As a young man, Disney was fired from his newspaper job due to a lack of innovative ideas. In 1921, he started his first animation company which quickly went bankrupt. He ended up eating dog food to survive. If it was someone else, they would probably not think about another animation company. And, that is exactly what he did, and now who doesn’t know about Disney?
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