Learning from Failure

Many of us have been rejected or fired from jobs, which can be disheartening. If this has happened to you, you are not alone.

However, this has nothing to do with your talent and capabilities and you can still achieve so much in the future. If you don’t believe me, did you know that some of the most talented and successful people have failed as well?

For example, Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers. He got so frustrated he threw his manuscript in the trash- his wife was the one who got it out and encouraged him to keep trying. Eventually, it worked, and was a huge success that led to a litany of other successes.

Another example is famous Mad Men actor Jon Hamm. When he first moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being an actor, he didn’t land a single gig. He was so unsuccessful that even his talent agency cut him! And now, he’s a household name in television and movies as an actor and producer, with an impressive IMDB profile.

Even Colonel Sanders of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken’s famous fried chicken recipe got rejected at first… some sources say by 1,009 people! And now, KFC is an internationally famous chain!

The bottom line is, in the words of pop singer Jess Glynne (who dropped out of her audition for the X-factor when she was 15 because of a disagreement with the producers) “don’t be too hard on yourself”.

Contributed by: Tarini Venkat

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  1. Gborie Sahr Emmanuel

    Wow! What a great motivational article.

    Most of us have experienced multiple failures in life and work.

    But we always start learning from where we failed.

    Nice article