Our family just finished a really interesting biography about Milton Hershey, and we started reading one about Walt Disney. We were all surprised to learn that they both started out as "failures" (neither did well in school, both had at least one business that failed). They both kept trying, though, and (obviously) became very successful. It's turned out to be a great, though unintended, lesson in believing in yourself despite setbacks.
I'm trying to think of others whose lives followed a similar pattern. Do you have any to add to our list?
Bill Gates was a college dropout.
So was Steve Jobs I believe.
But, Steve is closer to an early failure than Bill. Bill just had no need for college.
I will have to think.
Thomas Edison, if he counts as recent. And nearly every famous writer has a tale to tell of forty-trilion rejections before signing the first contract.
The Beatles were turned down.
John Grisham was rejected 14 or 16 times prior to being published.
Col. Sanders (KFC) didn't start KFC until he was in his 60s, I believe. Had to make nearly 1000 sales calls before somebody was interested in his chicken.
Winston Churchill failed a grade in Middle School.
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" was turned down well over 100 times.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
Thomas Edison was a failure in school--and tried hundreds of different versions of the light bulb before succeeding.
SImon Cowell was a h.s. dropout who had to move in with his parents.
These are all terrific. Thank you!!!
Roar--I think my DD will really enjoy that book
I just started reading John Taylor Gatto's "Weapons of Mass Instruction" and there are a ton of good ones in there.
Jonathan Goodwin... Google "Fast Company" Nov 2007... dropped out of junior high school in 7th grade, then developed a way to convert gas gusslers into more environmentally friendly cars
Diablo Cody... wrote "Juno"
Sir Richard Branson... Virgin Empire
Ingvar Kamprad... dyslexic, started out selling matches and fish from a bicycle.... then later went on to found Ikea
I know there are so many super smart, now successful people that didn't do well in school and failed/dropped out.
When I was in the dot-com industry, some of the most successful businesses actually specifically looked for those school failures and college drop-outs (they had to be very bright though), because they did some of the best work.
Most that came to my mind were already mentioned - Bill Gates was one... Albert Einstein is a famous one.
Here's a list of more!http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/02...iled-at-first/http://www.collegedropoutshalloffame.com/
I like that list! Makes me feel better about dropping out of college 3 times now.