The word Failure is in the dictionary more than a hundred pages before the word success. The same is true in many real-life scenarios – you face failure before certain success.  

Sure, you might be lucky right out the gate, but I offer to you four fabulously successful people that did not freak out at the prospect of failure.

First up is Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. He wrote and illustrated more than 60 children’s books. He failed to secure a publisher – 27 times – before his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was ever published. “Persistent,” Dr. Seuss said, “I am.”

JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, overcame a divorce, unemployment, and near homelessness – all in one year – before magically waving her wand to the mountain top. Her failures were not fatal. Instead they provided her a stronger will and discipline to forge ahead.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Records and Virgin Atlantic Airlines, failed several times. Virgin Cola fizzled against Coke and Pepsi; Virgin Cars ran out of gas against the traditional fossil fuels competitors; and Virgin Brides were left at the altar. Oy vey!

And lastly, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, sums it up best, “Allow your failures to be lessons, you’ll learn to pivot and create things you never thought you could.”

These folks know how to fail forward.

Famous Failures

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- Daniel is the Executive Producer and web developer of Founder's District TV. He has been a member of Toastmasters Founder's District since 2005 and is now serving as the Club Growth Director for 2015-2016.