If at first you dont succeed...

Some of the world's most successful people failed at first, but they didn't let that stop them!

It can be hard to overcome failure in life, so we take a look at some world famous names who overcame the odds to excel in their field.


Computing Career Bill Gates

Back in the day, Bill Gates was a Harvard drop-out and his initial business venture (Traf-O-Data) was a flop.

However, he kept on going and went on to build the world’s largest personal-computer software company – Microsoft. Today, Bill Gates is worth around £67 billion and is set to be the world’s first trillionaire within 25 years.

Basketball Career Michael Jordan

When he was growing up, coaches didn’t think that Michael Jordan would make it in basketball as he didn’t reach the minimum height. This didn’t stop him, in fact it made him more determined.

Michael Jordan once said, "I've missed more than 9,000 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."

Today, Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, with career stats including 6,672 rebounds, 5,633 assists, and 32,292 total points.

Science Career Thomas Edison

It’s impossible to imagine a world without light bulbs. 

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything". He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive". 

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps".

Art Career Vincent van Gogh

Today, Van Gogh’s paintings are priceless and can be found on the walls of some of the world’s most famous museums. When he died in 1890, however, Van Gogh’s work was not well known.

Throughout his life, Vincent van Gogh was employed in different professions, had many relationships, and moved around a lot. None of these ever worked out and meant that Van Gogh became increasingly disillusioned. However, this constant search for a new home opened him up to new ideas and inspirations that lead to his many masterpieces.

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