People sometimes forget that most success stories in the world are born from failure. To achieve greatness, you have to be willing to put it all on the line and go after your dreams. Nothing will stop you, not even failing completely at something.
The following failure stories of extremely successful and famous people will inspire you to keep pushing on through whatever adversity you may be facing in your life. Always remember that 99% of success is working hard, accepting failure and learning from it, and never giving up. Ever.
Michael Jordan
Known as a relentless pursuer of his goals, Michael Jordan didn’t let anything stop him from becoming the greatest basketball player of all time in the NBA. Today, he owns an NBA team and has one of the most popular athletic shoe and clothing brands in the world with Air Jordan, even though he hasn’t played pro basketball in years!
But it wasn’t always like that for the GOAT. He was actually cut from his high school basketball team. On this devastating day, he locked himself in his bedroom and cried. When he emerged, he accepted his failure and began working harder at his craft than any basketball player the world had ever seen. The results speak for themselves!

Walt Disney
The founder of Disney was actually fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”. They lost a great man that day. One who would change the world of animation and film as a whole, and inspire millions (possibly billions) of children throughout the world. And quite a few adults as well!

Steve Jobs
The co-founder and CEO of Apple died too young, but was recognized as a true pioneer in the personal computer industry. With products like the Apple iPhone, iPad, etc. it’s a safe bet you’re aware of his successes.
He also failed though. In 1985, he was actually fired from Apple! He always felt this is what helped him be successful saying, “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”
In 1996, Jobs came back to Apple (the company he co-founded), when they bought his new company NeXT for $427 million. The rest is history.

The Beatles
Possibly the greatest band of all time also experienced some failure along the way! On January 1st, 1962, the band had an audition with Decca Records in London, England. They played 15 songs. It led to the label rejecting them!
The Beatles were told that they “have no future in show business” and that “guitar groups are on the way out”. The rejection is probably the worst mistake in music history, but it helped fuel The Beatles’ fire and they became the great band you know about.

Oprah Winfrey
Say the name Oprah and you automatically know who I’m talking about. The “Queen of All Media” is ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century and North America’s only black billionaire. Many regard her as the most influential woman in the world and President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
And even she failed along the way! After becoming the youngest and first black female television news anchor at a local TV station in Nashville, they fired her. It was noted that she was dull and stiff, mispronounced words regularly and “wasn’t fit for television”. Oprah has described the incident as devastating, but it eventually led to her success. Her ‘demotion’ actually meant she got her first talk show!

Albert Einstein
Before developing one of the two pillars of modern physics, the theory of relativity, and coming up with “the world’s most famous equation”, the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, Albert Einstein struggled mightily and wasn’t always accepted as a genius.
He wasn’t able to speak until the age of four and his teachers were certain he would “never amount to much”. Okay.

Now you’ve got six very convincing reasons never to give up, even if you fail terribly. Always get up and keep going!