Stalled Start Henry Ford’s Detroit Automobile Company went bankrupt. Then he launched Ford Motor Company.
Henry Ford is credited with saying, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” He would have known, because he endured significant setbacks before finding a winning formula in the automobile industry. And Ford is far from the only incredibly successful person who earned fame and fortune only after making notable missteps. In fact, some of the most influential -- not to mention stinking rich -- people in history were at least briefly considered to be losers who would never amount to anything. They either got fired, rejected for jobs, launched an ill-conceived product, or otherwise fell well short of the standards they’d later set. The lessons learned: Never give up, and nothing of value comes easy even for those who make it look easy. Our lineup here includes highly accomplished entrepreneurs, scientists, performers and one of the greatest world leaders ever, as compiled from research taken from websites such as GetBusyLivingBlog.com, OnlineCollege.org, PresentOutlook.com.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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