Try, try, and try again. If tales of the rich and famous are anything to go by some of the world’s most successful people would never have made it if the gatekeepers and financiers had their way. This infographic shows some of the world’s creative geniuses and the difficulties they faced in bringing their work into public view.
Albert Einstein, the winner of the 1921 Nobel prize in Physics, was expelled from school and the Zurich Polytechnic refused to admit him. This didn’t set him back. He was of the belief that “Success is failure in progress”. Walt Disney dropped out of school and Vincent Van Gogh suffered from mental illness. Yet the names of these men resonate around the globe today.
Their inspiring stories show that if you have faith in your product, you can succeed and make a fortune despite initial failures–and these famous people are not alone. Unbelievably Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company that he’d created. Afterward, he said that it was the best thing that could have happened to him.
In the words of Bill Gates, a Harvard dropout and now one of the richest men in the world:
“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.”857