Unless you've allowed yourself to completely stagnate, there's a pretty good chance you're going to experience failure at some point in your life. Learning how to deal with failure and make failure temporary is the key to getting past failure and moving on to more successful endeavors. Ultimately, this is your life and you're in the driver's seat. Is a crash going to send you to the junkyard or is it going to temporarily sideline you while you rebuild and prepare for the next race?
Successful people, almost to a T, will tell you they experienced failure time and time again on the road to success. Through it all, they remained focused on their ultimate goal, which is becoming successful. Check out this list of famous people who experienced failure on the road to success:
- Henry Ford. Ford experienced multiple failure before he founded Ford Motor Company. He started multiple businesses that didn't make it before he hit it big.
- Harland Sanders. If you don't recognize the name Harland Sanders, maybe Colonel Sanders will ring a bell. The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken was reportedly rejected more than 1,000 times before he found a restaurant willing to try his secret blend of herbs and spices.
- Bill Gates. Microsoft is a household name. In fact, there's a pretty good chance you're viewing this website from a computer running Microsoft Windows. If not, you've probably got at least a handful of Microsoft programs on your computer. Before striking it rich with Microsoft, Bill Gates founded a company called Traf-O-Data. Gates attempted to bring to market a computerized method of processing data from traffic counters, which are the black hoses you drive over that measure your speed and the number of cars passing through an area. This business failed and Bill Gates went on to found what's arguably the biggest company in the history of the world.
- Akio Morita. You may not recognize the name Akio Morita, but I'm sure you recognize the Sony brand. Morita wasn't always a high-tech power player. He started off in the rice cooker industry, but sold less than 100 units due to quality issues. He cut his losses and went on to found Sony.
- Walt Disney. The Disney empire today rakes in billions of dollars. Walt Disney wasn't always successful and experienced failure in his younger years. In fact, he was once fired by a newspaper publisher because he "lacked imagination." He went on to found a number of businesses that failed before he created Disney.
- Abraham Lincoln. Before he became the 16th President of the United States of America, Lincoln went to war with a rank captain and found himself demoted to private upon his return from the war. He failed in numerous attempts to get elected to public office and started a handful of businesses that also failed.
- Albert Einstein. While the name Einstein is synonymous with genius, it wasn't always that way. Einstein didn't learn to read until he was seven and his teachers and parents believed he was mentally handicapped. He was a slow bloomer and was expelled from school and denied entry to the Zurich Polytechnic School, but went on to become one of the greatest minds in the history of man.
This is just a small sampling of the famous people who have experienced failure before hitting it big. Had they of given up when they first failed, they never would have made it.