What is success without failure? Are you supposed to skate through life without a hitch?
Great success tends to follow epic failure.
Lifehack.org has a great list of people who you’ve heard of, and their personal trials and tribulations.
If you want to tuck into a good story video-style, here’s 15 of them:
Transcript: this is the sunday motivational video every Sunday we bring you a different type of video which should improve your life today we’re looking at fifteen famous failures before success welcome to a lox calm the place where future billionaires come to get inspired hello Alec sirs it’s always great to see how many of you come back for the sunday motivational video failure is something we’ve learned to use and overcome here on this channel so what better way to prove this point apart from looking at some of the most famous failures in history and how they resulted in massive successes in the long run now this video is slightly different than the ones we did the last few weeks but it will serve as inspiration to those of you who faced rejection or we’re told you’re not good enough to make it so sit back because we are going to take you on a ride which will prove to you that most people have no idea what they’re talking about maintain focus dedication and keep pushing forward you have a lot of people to prove wrong if you are new here welcome be sure to subscribe and follow us on Instagram at Alex here are 15 famous failures before success number one she was fired from her news anchor job because she wasn’t fit for television Oprah Winfrey multi billionaire media mogul and one of the most influential women in the world Oprah had a really harsh upbringing but her dedication to becoming great kept her moving forward when asked about how she managed to transform her life she said is a big secret in life is that there is no big secret whatever your goal you can get there if you’re willing to work number two he was cut off of his high school basketball team because he simply didn’t have it Michael Jordan basketballs greatest of all time here’s what he said about failure I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career I have lost almost 300 games on 26 occasions I’ve been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed number three while homeless he had to sell his dog to buy food while busting his butt trying to sell his first movie script Sylvester Stallone one of the most successful actors in USA history his speech from the movie Rocky was one of the first motivational speeches most people encountered in their lives and to this day is still a cornerstone to how to keep moving forward if you don’t know what we’re talking about here’s the quote let me tell you something you already know the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows it’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it but it ain’t about how hard you hit it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward how much you can take and keep moving forward that’s how winning is done number four he was fired from his newspaper job for lacking imagination and having no original ideas Walt Disney cultural icon innovator and founder of what is today a two hundred billion dollar company Walt Disney is one of the most interesting human beings to ever live his movies and amusement parks are responsible for more happiness than any other enterprise in the world and his work is standing the test of time to this day he still holds the record for most Oscars won by a single individual with 26 Awards nobody has even come close to him if you want to learn some more about how he approached life you can watch our 15 things you didn’t know about Walt Disney video by clicking in the top right corner number 5 being born into poverty a high school dropout and a drug addiction come in a failed suicide attempt Eminem changed hip-hop and is still considered by many the greatest rapper alive Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States they made a movie about his life in which he starred and won an Oscar for Best Original Song when talking about success and failure he said because sometimes you got to feel tired feel weak and when you feel weak you feel like you want to just give up but you got to search within you you got to find that inner strength and just pull that out of you and get that motivation not to give up and be a quitter everybody has goals aspirations or whatever and everybody has been at the point in their life where nobody believed in them but when I say I’m going to do something I have to do it number six divorced bankrupt and on welfare her first manuscript was rejected by over a dozen publishers until one finally agreed to give it a shot JK Rowling the Harry Potter series sold over 400 million copies in total and she lost her billionaire status only because she donates so much money to charity Harry Potter changed our childhoods and just thinking about how many people this series has touched is mind-boggling when discussing failures Rowling said it is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case you have failed by default did you know there’s an audio version of fantastic beasts and where to find them available the audiobook costs $15 but if you go to a luxe comm slash free book and sign up you can get it for free or if you’d rather there is a really expensive exclusive panel about the crimes of Grindelwald which you can pick up instead provided to all you a Luxor’s by our friends at audible number seven failed primary school was rejected by Harvard ten times was the only person out of 24 to be rejected for a job at KFC and failed to secure funding for his idea in Silicon Valley Jack Ma founder of the second largest store on the planet Jack Amma’s success story is one of the most fascinating we’ve ever shared on our Channel against all odds and almost everybody not taking him seriously in the beginning he managed to stay focused and pursue the goal he had envisioned for himself if you don’t give up you’ll still have a chance giving up is the greatest failure if you’re not familiar with Jack Ma click in the top right corner to watch the profile we did on him you’ll thank us later number eight she was dropped by Def Jam Records after only three months because her music demo was quote/unquote disgusting Lady gaga pop icon who sold over 150 million singles worldwide letting gaga go is La Reed’s biggest career mistake and he mentioned it numerous times when talking about following your goals Lady Gaga said some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams if you’re wondering which way to go remember that your career will never wake up and tell you it doesn’t love you anymore number nine he was rejected from film school three times Steven Spielberg the most successful film director of all time and multi-billionaire imagine being the person that has to reject what will be the greatest filmmaker of all time from film school his movies have grossed over ten billion dollars in total he has a particular approach to success sometimes a dream almost whispers it never shouts very hard to hear so you have to every day of your lives be ready to hear what whispers into your ear number ten everybody told him he wouldn’t make it in show business because he couldn’t act because of his accent his body and his name Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the most well known actors all around the world and also the former governor of the state of California this man faced more rejection early on in his career than most mainstream actors put together but his mindset kept him strong strength does not come from winning your struggles develop your strengths when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender that is strength number 11 they were rejected because labels didn’t like their sound and that guitar groups are on their way out the Beatles the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in history to this day the Beatles remain unmatched in their success and their approach to it is very similar to how they think about love we’ve got this gift of love but love is like a precious plant you can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself you’ve got to keep on watering it you’ve got to really look after it and nurture it number 12 he got fired after his first singing job and was told you ain’t going nowhere son you ought to go back to driving a truck Elvis Presley the most significant musical icon of the 20th century imagine if Elvis Presley took it to heart and thought maybe this ain’t for me instead this is his approach to the issue I’m trying to keep a level head you have to be careful out in the world it’s so easy to get turned and it’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you it’s who you are number 13 at the age of 11 he was diagnosed with a growth deficiency hormone which made him smaller than other kids and was not signed professionally because his medical bills were over $900 a month Leonel messy the first player in history to win five ballon doors and sidered by many to be the greatest football player that ever lived his life was changed at 13 when FC Barcelona took him under their wing and offered to support the cost of his treatment due to the potential they saw in young Messi ever since he’s put every drop of effort into becoming the best version of himself I start early and I stay late day after day year after year it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success number 14 all his teachers believed he was slow and wouldn’t amount to much Albert Einstein Nobel Prize winner and probably the most important icon in physics history people like Albert don’t happen often so we’re incredibly lucky that he got to follow his passion in order to meet his potential a quote that we really love from him goes like this be alone her that gives you time to wonder to search for the truth have holy curiosity make your life worth living number 15 he was fired from the company he started because he was too young too temperamental and didn’t have the right vision for the company Steve Jobs founder of the first trillion-dollar company in history apart from his stay hungry stay foolish approach to life Jobs has been a model and icon for the modern day tech entrepreneur he changed the way we look at products and achieved his goal of changing the universe a less known quote from him that makes all the difference is people judge you on your performance so focus on the outcome be a yardstick of quality some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected if you want to follow in his footsteps we strongly recommend you read or listen to Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs the audiobook version is fairly expensive at $35 but if you go to a lakhs comm slash free book and sign up you can get it for free courtesy of our partnership with audible you’re welcome a lectures now as always you know we’re curious should we do a part two of this video was it inspiring to hear about their rejections as a reward for watching until the end of course you know you get a special message from us here’s your bonus what would have happened if they’d listened to the people who are telling them they were going to fail what would the world be like today we want you to keep that in mind as you move through life sometimes you just have to trust your instinct and give it your all we didn’t mention this on the list but there are millions of people who went through similar circumstances but gave up it’s time to choose a side a Luxor’s if you want to live a memorable life please write memorable in the comment section and as always we’ll do our best to reply to some of the most interesting comments thank you for spending some time with us a Luxor’s make sure to LIKE and subscribe so you never miss another video we also hand-picked these videos which we recommend you watch next thank you for being an a lexer and we’ll see you back tomorrow
True Motivational Stories
Looking for truth in motivation? Exaggeration, show-boasting, and bold embellishment tends to fall flat over time. It’s an attention economy, and the blow-hard with the most hot-air in his lungs takes the stage far too often.
Here’s an awesome true story that will motivate you with wisdom and the power of the human spirit.
Viktor Fankl shows the world not only what the mind could do but what the mind, body, and spirit could do in extreme circumstances.
Jordan Peterson dives deep into Viktor Frankl, existentialism, the mind and reality in the video below.
Inspirational Stories from the Life of Great Personalities
What about stories of humans with robust personalities that are impossible to forget?
One of my childhood favorites, still going strong, and who has more personality that can fill most rooms, is Jim Carrey.
At 14, Carrey’s family hit rough economic times. His father was out of the job and they lived out of a VW van parked on a family member’s lawn. Young Jim was an aspiring and dedicated comic. He worked full-time in factories after school.
The laughs didn’t come easy, but that didn’t phase him. Still in his teens, he quit school to pursue comedy full time in LA.
He famously wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered” and dated it Thanksgiving 1995.
Carrey struck gold with Dumb and Dumber and was able to clear the check, which he put in his father’s casket.
Jim Carrey grew up angry. He had to work hard. The odds were against him. On top of poverty and hard work he battled depression. He made his life making faces that makes people smile. He believed so much in himself that he wrote his future down and incredibly achieved it.
Inspirational Short Stories About Life
Into short stories?
EverdayFiction has you covered with endless motivational stories for free.
If you’re looking for micro-quick reads, AllTimesShortStories has 20 of them that you can read in less than an hour.
Here’s my personal favorite:
“Once a young man asked the wise man, Socrates, the secret to success. Socrates patiently listened to the man’s question and told him to meet him near the river the next morning for the answer. The next morning Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. As they went into the river the water got up to their neck. But to the young man’s surprise Socrates ducked him into the water.
The young man struggled to get out of the water, but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled the man’s head out of the water. The young man gasped and took a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when your head was in the water?” The young man replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air while you were in the water, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”
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