Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some famous failures

A candidate for a news broadcaster's post was rejected by officials since his voice was not fit for a news broadcaster. He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name, he would never be famous.
-He is Amitabh Bachchan.
A small boy - the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets. The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He is the person to have scripted the Space Odyssey of India single-handedly
- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."
- The group was called The Beatles.
In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on and became
....Marilyn Monroe.
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere....son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
He went on to become Elvis Presley.
In the 1940s, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid company, to purchase the rights to his invention -- an electrostatic paper copying process.
Haloid became Xerox Corporation.
A little girl - the 20th of 22 children, was born prematurely and Her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted Double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg.At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner.
She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered.
Eventually this little girl - Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
One day a partially deaf 4 year old kid came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher. "Your Tommy is too stupid to learn, get him outt of the school. His mother read the note and answered, "My Tommy is not stupid to learn. I will teach him myself,". And that Tommy grew up to become the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.
The Moral of the above:
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. All success stories are stories of great failures. The only difference is that every time they failed, they bounced back.
“Failure is the highway to success!"


  1. awe inspiring stories!!
    one of my fav quotes i would like to share here:
    'Always listen to the experts. They ll tell you what cant be done and why. Then go ahead and do it'
    -Don Ward
    precisely thts wht all these people have done... they have turned impossi into realities :)

  2. thnx dude/dudette :P....a nice inspiring quote that one...and as u said...its virtually true of almost all gr8 ppl...