“I had failed to realise my dream of becoming an air force pilot,” said Dr Abdul Kalam, in an interview excerpt.
As I kept reading this interview excerpt over the weekend, my mind got diverted to a much larger question – “Do successful people face failures ?”. This curiosity in me , got me into web pages that featured “failure stories of the most successful ones”.
And to my surprise, the key phrase : “successful people who failed first”, took me to a search result page, that carried 4,64,00,000 results.This is something I had never heard before. Neither the books stacked in libraries carry titles that depict “failures” nor did my teachers ever talk about those, who failed miserably in life.And this is so very natural. Seldom does one refer to a person who failed in life to be your role model.
Thanks to google, and Dr Kalam.I spent most of my rest of Sunday, reading stories of some of the most famously successful geniuses who failed at First.
Below, is a direct compilation of 5 of those genius stories from onlinecollege.org(These five are my personal favourite). Feel free to log into this link for knowing more about 45 other such geniuses.
1.Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft
2.Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
3.Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
4.Charles Darwin: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.” Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies
5.Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.