(1) Albert Einstein – Einstein didn’t speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven. Eventually he was even expelled from school. He was the only one of his graduating class who was unable to find a teaching position because none of his professors would give him a recommendation.
(2) Abraham Lincoln – In his younger days, Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private, which, for those of you not familiar with military ranks, is the lowest rank. Lincoln started multiple failed businesses, filed for bankruptcy not once, but twice, and was defeated in 26 campaigns for public office.
(3) J.K. Rowling – Before publishing her novels, Rowling was completely broke, suffering from depression. Rowling went from living off of welfare checks to becoming one of the richest women in the world in only five years.
(4) Walt Disney – Before his empire, Disney was working at a local newspaper. An editor of the newspaper fired him because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Afterwards Disney started a couple businesses that ended in failure. He kept trying and kept learning from his mistakes and well, you know the rest: he lived happily ever after.
(5) Michael Jordan – Would you believe that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? But, he didn’t let that get in his way. He has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
(6) Stephen King – The very first book by King, Carrie, received 30 rejections and King ended up throwing it in the trash. His wife, Tabitha, convinced him to tweak it and resubmit, and now we have the amazing best-selling author, Stephen King.
My takeaways: Don’t let your peers be your sounding board, don’t let your circumstance be your situation, and don’t let the 49th “No” keep you from the 1st “Yes.”