5 Celebrities Who Did Not Succeed Initially

Celebrities who went on to make it to the top after they bit the dust

5 Celebrities Who Did Not Succeed Initially

There are times in one’s life when you feel as though you are the only one not moving forward, the only one not succeeding in life. Don’t let the progress of others bring you down! You are in your own time zone and there will be a point when it is your time to shine. So what if your college mate got promoted this year? You may be running your own business in another 5 years! Hold on, be strong and stay true to yourself because failure does not mean the end of your road to success. Here are 5 celebrities from different walks of life who did not succeed in the beginning, but today, are world-renowned personalities.


  1. Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison, the man who gave us the light bulb, was told by his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. When working on the famous invention that now lights up our houses at night, Edison met with failure repeatedly as he proceeded to carry out over 10,000 experiments. He however said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison went on to patent more than a 1000 inventions in his lifetime and is known as America’s greatest inventor.



  1. Walt Disney

Walt Disney, a pioneer in the animation industry, was told by his editor in 1919, that he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. Disney then tried business with an animation studio called Laugh-O-Gram only to find himself bankrupt at the age of 22. Unperturbed, Disney picked himself up, founded the Disney Brothers Studio, and went to become a Hollywood mogul. Today Disney touches the lives of children all over the world as cartoons, films and amusement parks, all of which would not have been possible if he had given up.



  1. Bill Gates

Before the success of Microsoft, Bill Gates faced failure in business. His first venture Traf-O-Data was meant to create reports for roadway engineers from raw traffic data. But the machine they had built to process the data failed to operate when they were presenting it to a Seattle County traffic employee. Although he failed at his first attempt, Gates pursued his passion for business and now the product of his effort runs most of our computers at home and work all over the world.



  1. J.K. Rowling

There is not a single child today who hasn’t heard of Harry Potter and his “wizarding world”. Believe it or not, the first book of this magical enterprise was written by J.K Rowling in a coffee shop while watching her toddler. She was at that time, jobless, divorced and broke. Her first Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishing houses but Rowling kept trying. Finally, Bloomsbury agreed to publish her book in 1997 and as of today, Rowling has sold more than 400 million copies of her books.


  1. Oprah Winfrey

One of most iconic faces on television, Oprah Winfrey had to face a lot of roadblocks before she could make it to where she stands today. Oprah faced a traumatic and abusive childhood before entering the media industry. Here too she faced career setbacks and was fired by her producer who said that she was “unfit for TV”. She was forced to deal with criticism about her weight and colour but she remained steadfast through it all. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, today she is one of the most influential figures in the media industry.



Let these famous personalities be an inspiration for you to never give up!

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