3. Arunabh Kumar: Got rejected by the company, MTV India
You know this guy right? The much acclaimed Yogi from the TVF Pitchers? He was unhappy that Indian Television industry didn’t have content rich shows. So, he approached the then most popular youth-oriented channel – MTV India. He expressed that he is keen to start something which is content rich. MTV rejected his idea.
After this, he started his own modest venture. Fast forward to the year 2015, and he has 1,096,581 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He is now known as The Qtiyapa Guy.
In his own words, ”When MTV rejected the idea, I think that was the best rejection of my life. Youth channels told me Indian youth doesn’t want to watch this. I wanted to prove them wrong. Had they accepted, the idea would have ended up in some maximum 10 to 15 episodes.”
4. Steve Jobs: Got fired from his own company
All of us know his story, don’t we? Steve Jobs recruited Pepsi executive John Sculley to run Apple. In 1985, Sculley convinced the board to sideline Jobs. After being fired, Steve Jobs built a company called NeXT, which was acquired by Apple in $400 million in 1997. It also gave Steve Jobs control of the company again and the rest is history.
While giving a Stanford Commencement Speech in the year 2005, “I didn’t see it then, but getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
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