Rejection can feel devastating, but you shouldn’t let it crush you. Some of the world’s most successful people have failed — sometimes more than once.
We’ve put together a list of highly successful people, from movie stars to scientists, who experienced massive failure before they found fame and fortune.
Weaker people might have given up. Instead, these folks remained focused on their goals.
Scroll down to see the underdogs who went on to change the world.
Winston Churchill was estranged from his political party over ideological disagreements during the 'wilderness years' of 1929 to 1939.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore, where she said she faced sexism and harassment.
Honda was a mechanical genius who idolized Edison and rebelled against the norm. His passion for aggressive individualism was more fit for the United States, and thus alienated him from Japanese businessmen, who valued teamwork above all else. Honda then boldly challenged the American automotive industry in the 1970s and led a Japanese automotive revolution.
Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a successful restaurant.
After having trouble adjusting to the culture and his classes, Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale -- and then returned, only to drop out for good.
Sir Isaac Newton's mother pulled him out of school as a boy so that he could run the family farm. He failed miserably.
Realising her son was not meant to till the land, she let Newton finish his basic education and was eventually persuaded to allow him to enroll in Cambridge University. Newton went on to become one of the greatest scientists of all time, revolutionizing physics and mathematics.
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.
When Sidney Poitier first auditioned for the American Negro Theatre, he flubbed his lines and spoke in a heavy Caribbean accent, which made the director angrily tell him to stop wasting his time.
Of course, Einstein's communication and behavioural problems were not indicative of a lack of intelligence. He won the Nobel prize in physics for correcting the deficiencies of Newtonian physics with his theory of relativity.
In one of Fred Astaire's first screen tests, an executive wrote: 'Can't sing. Can't act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.'
J.K. Rowling was a single mum living off welfare when she began writing the first 'Harry Potter' novel.
Charles Darwin was considered an average student. He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to school to become a parson.
But as Darwin studied nature, he found his true calling and traveled the world to uncover nature's mysteries. His writings, especially 'On the Origin of the Species,' fundamentally changed the world of science by spreading the discovery of evolution.
Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, 'The Red Vineyard,' in his life, and the sale was just months before his death.
After Harrison Ford's first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he'd never succeed in the movie business.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers.
Lucille Ball appeared in so many second-tier films at the start of her career that she became known as 'The Queen of B Movies.'
However, after conducting a search, he was finally able to find a partner who had faith in him. Ford proved he had learned from his mistakes when Ford Motor Company forever changed the automotive industry and culture with his assembly line mode of production.
While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.
Stephen King grew so frustrated over his attempt to write the novel 'Carrie' that he threw away the entire early draft.
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