Getting Even Was Never Sweeter
When you pick a worthwhile goal to pursue, staying focused on it is key despite the failures that will crop up. Failures will be there before success appears; it’s pretty much guaranteed thing.
Why is it so hard to stay focused in the midst of failures? For so many of use, it’s uncomfortable and stressful, and any sane person wants to avoid that kind of stress.
As you read this list below, just imagine how different the world would be if these successful people had given up after criticism, rejection, and judgement from other people. It hurts to be disliked and unpopular. But if you hang in there and stay focused on what matters to you, success will come your way. These folks have proven it!
1. Walt Disney: Fired from the newspaper company because apparently, he ‘lacked’ creativity.
At the age of 7, he sold some of his sketches to his neighbors. His interests in art and drawing were apparent. While attending McKinley High School in Chicago, he used to work diligently in the art and photography field. He was then hired at the Kansas City Star newspaper. Later, the newspaper company fired him because they thought he ‘lacked creativity’. After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure.
After several trials and tribulations, and also with very little money, Disney’s persistence paid off. His works, which were a reflection of his brilliant animation skills, were selected from Motion Pictures in 1928 and thus, Mickey Mouse was born.
Awards – He won 26 Academy Awards (Oscars). He holds the record for most Academy Awards won by any individual in the history.
And yes, he not only bought the newspaper company that fired him, he also bought ABC, the company that owned the newspaper company.
2. Michael Jordan: Rejected from his high school basketball team
Also known as MJ, he is an American professional basketball player. Most people won’t believe that the person lauded as the best basketball player of all times was rejected from his high school basketball team. However, according to Forbes, it is just a myth and it persists because it inspires athletes from all over the world to work hard even when they face failure.
Whether it’s true or not, is a different question. But, luckily, that didn’t happen and it didn’t prove to be a setback. He also won the Most Valuable Player Award 5 times.