Do you ever feel like giving up? Where you think, I will never be able to figure this out and become successful.

I know that I do and what I find encouraging is knowing that very few people succeed directly out of the gates. In fact, most of the time it is the other way around, years of struggle before success.

Here is a list of people, very successful, that you wouldn’t have heard of if they had given up in face of struggles.


Henry Ford – his early businesses failed and left him broke 5 times before he founded the Ford Motor Company and became a success.




R.H. Macy – most people are familiar with the large department store chain, but few know that Macy failed 7 businesses before hitting it big.




Walt Disney – was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination and had no good ideas”. After that Disney started several businesses that ended with bankruptcy and was rejected by several banks before finding one willing to lend him money for a theme park. The rest is, as they say, history.




Harland David Sanders – more known as Colonel Sanders and the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). His famous chicken recipe was rejected by 1009 restaurants before one accepted it.




Albert Einstein – did not speak until he was 4 and did not read until he was 7. He got expelled from school. Most people would agree that he caught on pretty well after that, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the world of physics.




Tomas Edison – in his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything”. He got fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. He failed 10 000 times before inventing the light bulb and became one of the world’s most famous inventors with over 2300 patents.



J.K Rowling – in 1995 12 major publishers rejected her book before a small publishing house, Bloomsbury, accepted it, and in 1997 1000 copies were distributed of which 500 went to libraries. Today, Rowling has sold more than 400 000 000 copies of Harry Potter.



Stephen King – his first novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times and Stephen was so sick of rejection that he actually threw the manuscript in the garbage, later to be retrieved by his wife who believed in his dream of becoming an author. King has published over 50 novels and sold over 350 million copies.




James Dyson – failed 5126 times before he was able to create the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner. When he did, however,  no distributor in the UK would sell the product. In 1983 he took the product to the Japanese market. Today, Dyson is worth over £3 billion because he refused to give up.




Jerry Seinfeld – his first time on stage, he froze on seeing the audience and was booed off the stage. He came back the following night and went on to become one of the most successful comedians of all time.




Fred Astaire – in his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “can’t act, can’t sing, slightly bald, can dance a little”. Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer, and dancer.




Michael Jordan – was cut from his high school basketball team. Michael went on to become the best basketball player of all times and stated “I have missed more than 9 000 shots in my career, I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I have failed over and over and over in my life. And that is why I succeeded”



Sylvester Stallone – He had been rejected 1500 times by talent scouts, agents, and everyone in the film industry that he could get a meeting with. At one time, he was so broke that he had to sell his dog for 25$ to pay for an electric bill. After writing the script for Rocky he was offered $325 000 with the condition not to act in the movie. He refused. Eventually, he accepted $35 000 and a percentage of the film’s sales. Rocky, grossed over $200 Million.


This is just some people who have made it despite struggle and failure, so keep pushing forward.

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”

Sir Winston Churchill



Co-founder, Unlimited Karma

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