Rejection is seen pretty widely as a bad thing. A terrible thing even, often construed as meaning you have failed, you have lost, or you are a loser. It’s time for this to change. This is especially true for entrepreneurs and those who are trying to start a business of their own.
Rejection is no bad thing at all. Unless you give up after being rejected of course. That is why you should see rejection as part of a process. It is not an end in itself, just a step, and a step in the way to success if you have the grit and the perseverance to keep on reaching for whatever it is you want to achieve.
So let’s look at 7 great examples of rejects who went on to make a pretty big name for themselves through the infographic below.
7 of the Most Successful Entrepreneur Rejects Infographic Summary
1) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah was fired from an early TV job after a producer said she was “unfit for TV”.
Thankfully Oprah didn’t quit then, because not long after she was given her own chat show and is now worth $3 billion!
2) Steven Spielberg
World famous movie director Steven Spielberg was not always successful. In fact he was rejected from film school three times before he got in and learned his craft, which led to legendary films such as ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park.
3) Steve Jobs
Famous Apple innovator Steve Jobs was a college dropout, he was fired as a tech executive and once successful in Apple, was then fired.
It was only after this that he began his most creative working period, leading to more success than he had ever imagined.
4) Walt Disney
Famous now for his cartoon empire and entertainment legacy, Walt Disney was rejected many times as a newspaper cartoonist for lacking ideas and imagination.
5) Stephen King
Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected an amazing 30 times, at which point he gave up on it.
Thanks to his wife who convinced him to submit it again, he is now one of the world’s most famous authors.
6) The Beatles
You may have heard of a little pop group called The Beatles. Well, at their first record label audition they were rejected by an A&R man who said: “We don’t like their sound – they have no future in show business.”
I wonder how successful he was after that!
7) Albert Einstein
Although he is perhaps the most famous scientist of his time, Albert Einstein didn’t speak until 4 and was labelled slow by teachers, who said he would never amount to much.
He went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Infographic source: Ecardshack.com