5 Huge Losers That Became Successful

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Stephen King 

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Stephen King received over 30 rejections for his story of  “Carrie” a tormented girl with telekinetic powers, and then became so frustrated that he threw the book in the trash. After taking the advice of his wife to stick with it King sent his story around again and, eventually, Carrie was published. The novel became a classic in the horror industry selling over 50,000 copies. After that several adaptations of “Carrie” were released, a 1976 feature film, a 1988 Broadway musical, a 1999 feature film sequel, a 2002 television movie, and a 2013 feature film remake. All in all Stephen King grossed over 100 million dollars from “Carrie”. Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement from someone who believes in you.

Soichiro Honda


Soichiro Honda began his career as an bicycle mechanic at 15 years old then by his 20’s was a well known and highly regarded auto mechanic in Tokyo. Creating a technology that he believed would change the evolution of the automobile Soichiro Hondas idea was shot down by several auto makers including Toyota! No worries as Soichiro Honda was not to be denied. He would go on to start this small auto maker we know now as Honda Motor Company, whose revenues are over 100 Billion annually! His invention was the piston/rings, which almost every vehicle has used in the last 70 years, Toyotas included.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Over the course of his life, Vincent van Gogh tried his hand at various professions, had many relationships, and tried to build a life in many different locations. Time after time this resulted in disappointment so Van Gogh began  to draw and paint his  “inner feelings” and depression. His art was considered disturbing and he was labeled a failure and deemed mentally ill until his work caught the eye of the French critic Albert Aurier, Poverty and misunderstanding was transformed into riches and praise. Vincent Van Goghs  Portrait of Dr.Gachet was one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at 82.5 Million in 1980 and today is valued at over 155 million dollars.

JK Rowling


In 1995, Rowling finished her manuscript called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on an old manual typewriter. The book was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript. But Rowling kept at it and a year later she was finally given the green light ,and a 1500 advance, from a publishing house in London. Rowling went  from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. She is now the United Kingdom’s best-selling living author, with sales in excess of 283 million. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million, ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln may be the definition of gritty and determined . His family was forced out of their home and had to work to support them.  He ran for state legislature and  lost. He wanted to go to law school but couldn’t  get in . He borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt . He was engaged to be married, sweetheart died. Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – was defeated. Sought to become elector-and lost .Ran for Congress-and lost.  Sought the job of  land officer in his home state – and was rejected .Ran for Senate of the United States – and lost. Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes. Ran for U.S. Senate again – and again he lost. Hard to believe someone with that much failure found a way to keep going. Imagine where we would be today if he had given up.

The moral of this post is that no matter how bad you have screwed something up you can still recover as long as you dont give up. This post shows that no matter what your background, whatever your age and whoever is against you, the only person that can keep you down is yourself.

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