Famous Failures


Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times you have failed in life.

This video mentions well known people who had failed, but kept pressing on until they became successful. Those People are:

Michael Jordan
After being cut from his high school basketball team, he went home locked himself in his room and cried.

Albert Einstein
He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much”

Oprah Winfrey
Was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she… “Wasn’t fit for television.”

Walt Disney
Fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”…

Lionel Messi
At age 11 he was cut from his team after being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency… which made him smaller in stature than most kids his age.

Steve Jobs
At 30 years old he was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.

A High School dropout, whose personal struggles with drugs and poverty culminated in an unsuccessful suicide attempt…

Thomas Edison
A teacher told him he was… “Too stupid to learn anything” and that he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.

The Beatles
Rejected by Decca Recording studios, who said “we don’t like their sound”… “They have no future in show business”

Dr. Zeuss
His First Book Was Rejected By 27 Publishers.

Abraham Lincoln
His Fiancé Died, Failed In Business, Had A Nervous Breakdown And Was Defeated In 8 Elections.

Ending Quote
“If you’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Tried Anything New”


Date: December 12, 2019

35 thoughts on “Famous Failures

  1. I never failed school, but I lost a competition once even though at school i used to always win the first place in science fair then a day came and I was chosen to join the global competition but unfortunately i lost and when i knew i did i cried so hard and was depressed for the whole week 🙁 that was like two years ago

  2. we watched this video in advisory today. and sense i have horrible eyesight, (i sit in the back of the room)

    i had to ask what the title of the video was because i just had to watch it again

  3. Currently withdrawing from Trig and feel like an absolute failure. I've been depressed about changing shifts at my work and losing my daily contact with my coworkers who were the only people I really talked to for 3y everyday, now I dont talk to them all of a sudden and feel extremely isolated from the world.This semester I couldn't focus on all of my classes because of mind boggling depression and just had a hard time retaining material which isnt like me. I just now have stepped into upper level pre reqs for medical school and wonder if I could make the cut…I really want to be a ER MD because I love helping people and want to be responsible for helping someone on the possibly worst and critical day of their life, not for the stupid title of a Doctor..I love Math and Science but my brain and health are in such bad shape I dont know if I'll be healthy soon enough for it to actually matter. Im a Sp now and have given myself one more semester before I change career paths. GodSpeed to anybody who has a passion and is trying to follow their dreams!

  4. I know it's not the intended message, but by reading all these comments, one might think that the horrible things adults said spurred children and students on to do great things. I know it's not the case, but am I failing my students by not insulting them and telling them they'll never amount to anything? I keep saying that I believe in my students, but I don't see any comments saying, "Mrs. Gumby in 3rd grade said that I could be anything, so I proved her right!" So what's the real take-away? I need to be mean and abusive to my students so they can prove me wrong! 🙃😄

  5. I’m here because music is my passion, and I was rejected from my high school Music Honors Society because I didn’t have enough stage presence. They want me to show improvement in January again, and I’m going to prove them wrong and be greater than their club. I’m going to make my dreams come true!

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