There are literally thousands of examples of entrepreneurs who have experienced major failures on their way to success because it’s a part of the process…Part of the pathway through the obstacles that keep so many others from succeeding.
Steve Jobs: Fired from Apple in 1985 after losing a power struggle with the CEO. He returned to Apple in 1997 and helped kick-start its current success.
Oprah Winfrey: Born into poverty. After overcoming adversity throughout her childhood, she launched a career in television. One of her early producers fired her and declared that she was “unfit for television.” She went on to build a television empire.
Peter Thiel: Lost 90% of Clarium Capital’s $7 billion dollars in assets due to mismanagement. This is the same guy who co-founded PayPal, invested early in Facebook, and has a couple of billion dollars to his name.
Evan Williams: His podcasting platform, Odeo, failed when Apple announced the podcasting section in iTunes. He went on to become a founder of Twitter.
Arianna Huffington: Could barely get publishers to look at her writing. Her second book was turned down by 36 publishers, but she kept pursuing her goal and now owns The Huffington Post, one of the world’s most successful websites.
See each failure as one way that won’t work so, therefore, you are one way closer to finding the one way that will work. Never give up.