Keep In Mind: Never A Failure, Always A Lesson

We all dream since we’re little kids to be famous, successful, to have loads of money, a big house, a nice car and to live amazingly great. But the road to that life isn’t easy, it takes a lot of work, it takes courage and effort and sometimes, and it takes the guts to accept rejection and move on to the next challenge.

Recently, I found an amazing quote and it actually became one of my favorites. And today it fits right into my story; it’s from former Indian President Abdul Kalam and it goes like this:

<<  If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt in Learning”. END is not the end; in fact, E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”. If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity” >>

Isn’t it just great? So, getting No for an answer isn’t the end of the world, it’s just always a new beginning. That’s how we should look at things.



Rejection and Failure are a part of our lives. And if we know how to accept and embrace them, they can be really good teachers. I know, we always hear the news when someone’s actually succeeding and nobody actually pays attention to those who can’t make it.

That’s why, I will talk about people who didn’t give up hope and kept going and improved, even if they failed or if they got declined. We all know about these people because today they are successful and famous.

I’m giving you the story and the quotes of those famous and brilliant minds that did not get discouraged by a NO.



They failed before they succeeded


You’ll see for yourself, it wasn’t easy at all! I’ve selected some inspiring stories to show you that you have to keep going, no matter what. Because success is just around the corner, we just have to wait and make it happen. You won’t believe how many times they’ve been denied as well, how hard life has been on them. But they managed to fight and nothing stopped them. Here we go:


  • Steve Jobs:

Getting a No for an answer for a company when you’re trying to get a job or getting fired from it is usual, but what do you do when you’re being evicted from the company that you actually built from the ground? That’s what happened with Steve Jobs and the Apple company. He was asked to quit his job just when he was developing the Macintosh. At that time he was 30. He took 5 employees and started the NexT, a business that would later buy Apple.


“I’ve been rejected, but I am still in love.”



  • Walt Disney:

His first job was at the Kansas City Star newspaper, but he got fired by the news editor for lacking imagination and for having no good ideas. After that Disney started a company called Laugh-O-Gram, where he would produce cartoon animations. It didn’t last long because the income wasn’t enough to keep it alive.  After two failures, he and his brother formed the Walt Disney Studios, he created Mickey Mouse and the rest is history. But remember, he was rejected for not being imaginative.


“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk”.

 – His star on the famous “Walk Of Fame”.



  • J.K. Rowling:

He first faced failure, when she was rejected after trying to gain acceptance to Oxford University. Her second hard time came when her mother died. She managed to get married and to have kids, but she faced her third hard time – she experienced domestic abuse and a failed marriage. Another crash. At this point, she thought of herself as a major failure and she got diagnosed with clinical depression. But an idea bloomed in her mind about a young wizard and she wrote the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. But it didn’t go at first – she got loads of rejection from several agents until Bloomsbury actually agreed to publish her first book. The rest in history.


“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

 – Never give up hope…



  • Oprah:

After getting pregnant at the age of 14 and having a baby who died after few months, she managed to move to Nashville and later to Baltimore to co-anchor the news and to work as an evening news reporter. But she was removed because she was unfit for television and because she was too attached to the stories she would report.  After that, she moved to Chicago and got to host TV shows, one that would be one of the most successful television shows ever – The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“It’s all about dreams. If I had to attribute my success in life to any one thing it is this. I believed in my dreams, even when no one else did.”


 – And remember to always dream big!



  • Stephen Spielberg:

His first failure – He got rejected by University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts three times in a row. Eventually, he went on to do an unpaid internship at Universal Studios. After finishing, he began making films, but all of them were financially and critically flops. After many years of trying, success hit him when he made  “Schindler’s List”. Soon after that, he delivered many other incredible blockbusters – “Saving Private Ryan”, “Raiders”, “Jurassic Park”, “Jaws” and others. The sweet twist in this story is that eventually, USC gave him an honorary degree after he became famous.


“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that why is takes so long.”


  • Stephen King:

He faced rejection so many times and so early in life, at only 14. He has the most inspirational story, in my opinion! :O

So passionate about his writing, he would submit short stories to magazines, but he would always get the rejection letters and he would hand them on a nail, up until they were so many and so heavy, he had to change the nail to a spike to keep having them hanging there. His first novel “Carrie” (now a best seller book and movie), was rejected 30 times before being finally published. One day, after being denied again, King threw the manuscript into the garbage, but it was recovered by his wife who believed in him.

It’s hard to believe that such a successful writer would be rejected so many times.


“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”


  • Thomas Edison

He is the one that invented the viable electric light bulb. But do you know that he failed over 9000 times until it actually worked? That’s what I call perseverance! When he got asked about whether he felt like a failure and why he didn’t give up after so many flops, he answered: Why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitely over 9,000 ways an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” Also, his teachers taught him that he was too stupid to learn anything. He also got fired from his first jobs for not being productive enough. Despite that, Edison is one of the greatest inventors of all time, one who refused to give up hope.


“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t”.


In The End…

Don’t worry if you fail at first. The most important thing after that is that you have to learn from your mistakes, see where you didn’t make it right and try again, only this time give your best. Fail again and keep trying. I know, it’s hard when people don’t believe in you. But if you do believe you can do it, just go for it and do whatever you need to do to achieve your goals. You know what they say: every step back is a setup for a comeback!


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