If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived

Dismissed from drama school with a note that read, “wasting her time, she’s too shy to put her best foot forward.”   Her name was Lucille Ball.

A teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything,” and he should go into a field where he may succeed “via virtue of his pleasant personality.”  His name?  Thomas Edison.

He was once fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination” and had “no original ideas.”  Thankfully, this incident didn’t stop Walt Disney from pursuing his dreams.

His fiancée died, he failed in business twice, and he was defeated in 8 elections.  Eventually, Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States.

A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent, at 38 years old he went to work for his father as a handyman.  Ulysses S. Grant later became the 18th President of the United States.

They were turned down by HMV, Columbia, and the Decca recording company who said, “we don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.”  This didn’t stop the Beatles from recording an album or two.

After being cut from his high school’s varsity basketball team as a Sophomore, he want into his room and cried himself to sleep.  Michael Jordan went on to lead the Bulls to 6 NBA championships.

If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.

PS – If anyone ever calls you crazy for believing in something or being/thinking different, just remember you’re in good company:

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