28 Oct Failure is the flipside of success – accept it, learn from it and move on
He dropped out of school when he was only 12 years old, apprenticed to a printer and was fired for lack of motivation. After apprenticing to a candy-maker until he was 18, he created a candy company in Philadelphia. After six long years of work, the company went bankrupt. Undaunted, he went on to found 2 more candy companies in Chicago and New York. These companies failed just as surely as his first and by the age of 30 he was nearly ruined.
His name was Milton Hershey, and he eventually founded the immensely successful Hershey Foods Corporation, which earned over $5 billion USD in 2010.
She was born in poverty to a French family that barely survived on the earnings of her peddler father. Her mother died when she was 12, and her father abandoned her and her four siblings a week later. She would spend the next six years of her life in a provincial orphanage separated from her brothers and sisters, considering the grim future that lay ahead of her. Eventually she made an attempt to become a singer, never became successful, and turned to fashion instead.
She was born Gabrielle Chanel; later the world would know her as the legendary designer Coco Chanel.
He was fired from the Kansas City Star Newspaper as a young man, after being told that he was unable to come up with any original stories and had no creativity. His first animation company went bankrupt in 1921, leaving him penniless and reduced to eating dog food to survive. One of his first cartoon characters was patented and stolen by a major studio, which then headhunted his artists and continued using the cartoon without him. He was then warned that the character of one of his first major cartoons would “terrify women” and was advised to drop him.
This man was Walt Disney, and it turned out that the character Mickey Mouse was not so scary after all.
Are you letting your fear of failure hold you back?
Don’t sit around and wait for something good to happen, now is the time to take action and realize your dreams.