Not getting that promotion can feel like the end of the world, but the people on this list show that devastating failures are just another stop on the road to success.
We’ve put together some of the world’s greatest success stories, from movie stars to scientists, who just happen to have experienced massive failure that could have easily made them give-up.
But they didn’t and now they’re the monumental successes that they are remembered for, a good source of encouragement when it feels like you will never make it to the top.
Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school, the University of Southern California, three times.
Charlie Chaplin's act was rejected by executives because they thought it was too obscure for people to understand.
Marilyn Monroe's first contract with Columbia Pictures expired because they told her she wasn't pretty or talented enough to be an actress.
Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position.
Charles Darwin was considered an average student. He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to school to become a parson.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television reporting job because they told her she wasn't fit to be on screen.
After his first film, Harrison Ford underwhelmed the producer and was told he would probably never succeed.
While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.
J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel.
Stephen King was initially so frustrated with his first novel, Carrie that he threw it in the trash.
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