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If at first you don't succeed...

We’ve all experienced rejection in our lives but that doesn’t make it suck any less. A look back through history shows us that when met with failure the best course of action is to give it the middle finger and use it as a stepping-stone to success. 

Walt Disney 

Founder of the Walt Disney Company 

Could you imagine what your childhood would’ve been like without magic carpet rides, enchanted castles, talking tableware and singing mermaids?  Thanks to Walt Disney’s perseverance you don’t have to. At 22 years of age, he was fired from his first job at a newspaper because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Following this setback, Disney was involved in a number of unsuccessful start-up businesses before the premier of his film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs changed the animation industry forever. As the recipient of 22 Academy Awards, his mantra was simple, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” 

J.K Rowling 

Author of the Harry Potter Series 

J.K Rowling didn’t magically become richer than the Queen over night. The aspiring author was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter on social welfare while writing her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on an old manual typewriter. To add insult to injury 12 stupid muggles publishers rejected her manuscript but this just made Rowling even more determined to share the story of the Boy Who Lived and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermoine Granger. Bloomsbury and Scholastic Press eventually published her seven-book Harry Potter series, which inspired an entire generation’s love of reading and made Rowling the first-ever female billionaire author. 

Michael Jordan 

NBA Basketball Player 

Even if you had zero interest in becoming a professional basketball player everybody wanted to be like Mike aka Michael Jordan or that guy from Space Jam. But the most recognizable basketball player of all time whose slam dunks made us all want to sing, “I believe I can fly” was actually cut from his high school team. However, Air Jordan never let failure deter him, “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 wining shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” 

Vera Wang 

Fashion Designer

Most girls dream of walking down the aisle in a custom Vera Wang gown on their wedding day but the iconic designer wasn’t always so revered and recognised for her talents. At an early age, Wang began competitive figure skating, and she tried and failed to make the cut for the 1968 U.S. Olympic team. She later became an editor at American Vogue, only to be passed over for the editor-in-chief position after fifteen years of dedicated service. It wasn’t until she was 40 years old that she began designing wedding gowns and today she has a billion dollar business.

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