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Great Failures .....

Post by 4everlearner on Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:06 pm

To succeed in business or life we must continually take remedial actions. Putting yourself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as desired. Hence, each time a disappointing event happens, I like to get reminded of these famous failures:

got this idea when one of my friend [V Bangarayya]
forwarded me list of persons with failure in earlier life later become great people...

here let us share any situation- in the history where failure preceeded success.....

Bill Gates

founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He was the world's richest man for more than one decade. However, in the 1970's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only $US50 back then.


Abraham Lincoln

received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.


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Isaac Newton

was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn't! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.
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Post by 4everlearner on Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:40 am

Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. His reputation has inspired A ' and in many cases intimidated A ' composers, musicians and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music A ' a deaf man composing music, ironic isn't!

Thomas Edison who developed many devices that greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten- cent stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank "didn't have enough common sense to serve the customers".
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Post by markzor on Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:48 am

in my opinion. i wouldn't call them failures at all but rather, geniuses. All of the people you have listed had a sense of purpose, they wanted to be the person they wanted to be. It also shows that you don't have to be educated to be the most successful person in the world and if you have a disability, u can still be successful. Regardless of anything, if you try your best, also believe that you can do it, regardless your achievements in school or whatever and use life to your fullest potential, you can get anywhere in life, like these guys have shown. Strive the person you wanna be and you will get rewarded effortlessly and these people u have listed had demonstrated that.
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Post by 4everlearner on Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:25 am

markzor wrote: i wouldn't call them failures .


hello markzor, u r right but learning point here is there wll certain situations akin to setbacks or failures [ but actually they r teaching experiances ] in our life but ultimately if we have a vision , if we have a dream , if we move forward inspite of challenges, finally anyone can become great...
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Post by 4everlearner on Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:34 am

By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was he was removed from the high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".


Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney Company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.


Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the "100 Greatest Britons", participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.
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