If you study history, you will find that many success stories are also stories of great failures. But people don't see the failures. They only see one side of the picture and they say that person got lucky.
Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40. Then later on in life he forgot to put the reverse gear in the first car he made. Still, Henry Ford turned out alright and will be remembered as a great man.
As a young cartoonist, Walt Disney faced many rejections from newspaper editors. He was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking in ideas. Later on in life he said; “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
On December 10, 1903, a New York Times editorial questioned the wisdom of the Wright Brothers who were trying to invent a machine, heavier than air, that would fly. One week later, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers made their famous flight.
One day a deaf four year old boy came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your son is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school." His mother read the note and answered, "My son is not too stupid to learn, I will teach him myself." And that little boy grew up to be the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.
At the age of 65, riding in a beat-up car and a $100 check from Social Security. Colonel Sanders realized he had to do something. He remembered his mother's recipe and went out selling. It is estimated that he had knocked on more than a thousand doors before he got his first order. How many of us quit after three tries, ten tries, a hundred tries, and then we say we tried as hard as we could?
Albert Einstein learned to speak at a late age and performed poorly in school.
John Grisham had his first novel rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses.
Isaac Newton failed at running the family farm and did poorly in school.
Marilyn Monroe spent much of her younger years in foster homes. One of her first jobs, during the second world war, was inspecting parachutes.
Babe Ruth, the great baseball legend struck out 1,330 times.
Michael Jordan, the most famous name in basketball was cut from his high school basketball team. Later in life he said it well with; "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed"