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Famous failures are also famous successful people mostly because we all have failed in some point of our lives. Actually, everybody fails or had failed. To my surprise, those whom you see very successful today have failed so many times in their lives, more than you can ever imagine. The important thing that I want to insist today is do not allow failures to drag you down. You can always wake up again and become successful, very successful. As Henry Ford says “Failure is just an opportunity to start again, but this time more intelligently“. If you have never failed in your life, you’ve never tried anything new.

I have failed several times in my live, as a salesman at my bank job and network marketing companies, as a presenter  at my radio station job, as an emcee at my field, as a corporate trainer and speaker, as the MD at my own company, and as a husband in my first marriage. But I never allowed the failures I experienced to stop me from pursuing my dreams and achieve greatness in my life. As a matter of fact all those seems to “failures” were the valuable lessons and stepping stones for me to move forward to higher levels of success.

The following is the list of 7 Famous Failures who turned to massively successful.

1. Steve Jobs

At 30 years old, he was left devastated and depressed after being, unceremoniously removed from the company he started. However, Jobs bounced back and become  information technology entrepreneur and inventor. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios; a member of The Walt Disney Company‘s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT Inc. Jobs was widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Shortly after his death, Jobs was described as the “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing..

2. Michael Jordan


Though we know Michael Jordan as greatest basketball player of all time-6 Times NBA Champion,5 Times NBA MVP, 4Times NBA all star. Successful businessman and and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. What we do not know is that Michael Jordan also was among the famous failures of our time. He was several times cut from His high school basketball team because he was considered by the coach as the person who do not have the precision to hit the target. He always went home locked himself, in his room and cried.

3. Albert Eistein

Albert Einstein -

He is know as a distinguished Theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner, his work influenced a lot the philosophy of science. But did you know that Albert was among the famous failures? He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his Teacher said he would never amount to much.

4. Lionel Messi


At age of 11 he was cut from his team after being diagnosed with a Growth Hormone Deficiency, which made him smaller in stature than most kids of his age. Despite all that,  Messi is considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, he is the only football player in history to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or  5 times, 4 of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win 3 European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona he has won 7 La Liga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League titles, as well as 3 Copa del Rey titles.

5. Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey now Host of a Multi-Award winning Talk show and the most influential women in the world, the richest African-American,actress, producer, and philanthropist. But what most people do not know is that: Oprah also is counted as one of the famous failures of all time. She was demoted from her job as a new Anchor simply because she wasn’t fit for Television. Can you image that?! Not only that, she was born very poor to a teenage single mother. Oprah was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at the age of 14; her son died in infancy.

6. Walt Disney


Walt Disney as among the famous failures, he was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and having no original ideas. But he turned out to be a Hollywood business mogul, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. Regarded as a cultural icon, prominent figure animation industry throughout the world and has won 22 Academy Awards.

7. Steve Harvey

A Successful comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey (the talk show), and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man. But what we did know, Steve is also among the famous failures in our list. His has terrible relationship issues, married three times. He was once a very poor man that he had to sleep in the car for several years.

What about You?!

I do not what is your story?! What is that you consider as a “failure”? But whatever it is, you should not allow it to stop you from becoming successful. Les Brown once said “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality” Do not allow what other people say to you dictate your success. You have greatness in You.

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