Famous Failures: Why You Should Never Give Up


We all strive hard to achieve success.

Whether in school, career, family, or in life, we dream to only have best.

While you may have your own personal definition of what being successful means, success can be defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose — that no matter how many obstacles you may have to face along the way, you don’t give up.

Success, therefore, is not allowing mistakes or failures to stop you from achieving your goals.

We can take it from these notable entrepreneurs who rose from the ground, dreamed high, and never gave up on their passions no matter how many failures they had to face.

Jack Ma
Chinese businessman; founder of Alibaba

Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate who founded and serves as the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, one of the world’s successful e-commerce website.

Ma struggled to get into college. Finally, after 4 years of trying, he was able to attend Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute (now known as Hangzhou Normal University) where he graduated B.A. in English in 1988.

After college, Ma began to apply to 30 various jobs; unfortunately, he got rejected by all. In fact, he tried applying to KFC and, from the 24 candidates for the job including him, all 23 got the job except him.

It was in 1994 when he tried to explore the Internet. When he went to the US the following year with the help of a friend, he studied the how the Internet works. He tried searching for the word “beer” but didn’t get any results from China.

This gave him the idea of creating a website. Upon its launch, he received calls from many Chinese business owners and found out that the Internet has a lot to offer.

The rest was history.

Up until today, Alibaba has emerged to be one of the top e-commerce platforms known globally.

Howard Schultz
Responsible for the growth of Starbucks Worldwide

Howard Schultz is the father of the top coffee chain in the world, Starbucks.

He grew up in the Bayview projects of Carnasie, Brooklyn. Growing up, his lifestyle was not ideal since his father was only a truck driver.

He dreamt to go beyond what he currently has and worked hard. He eventually got into college through a football scholarship. He finished a degree in Communication from the University of Northern Michigan.

Schultz was just a regular employee at Xerox before he discovered a small coffee shop in Seattle called Starbucks. In 1987, he found his passion in coffee and left his full-time work at Xerox to work exclusively of Starbucks.

From humble beginnings of 3 shops, Starbucks now has 16,000 outlets worldwide.

Steve Jobs
Founder of Apple Computers

Steve Jobs dropped out from college because his family could not handle the financial burden of sending him to school, living off free meals and returning Coke for change to get by.

In 1976, Jobs and his friend, Steve Wozniak started building up the first Apple computer – the Apple I. He had a vision of a “computer for the rest of us,” that inspired him to innovate and develop more Apple devices.

Success did not come easy for Jobs.

At the time, he and Wozniak have been successful launching Apple I and Apple II and proceeded to develop new ones, such as Apple III and the LISA. It did not come easy as the fame of the brand has started to wear off and eventually lost half of their market to their competitor, IBM.

Jobs had also been fired from his own company due to a clash with his board of directors. He sold all his shares and resigned from the company in 1985.

Fast forward and after launching his own company, NeXT Computer Co., he was re-hired as the CEO for Apple following also its loss in 1997.

From there on, many Apple innovations have been made that they are now one of the biggest electronic providers in the market.

What Can We Learn From These Famous Failures

These are just some of the most successful entrepreneurs who have started from the bottom and worked their way up despite many failures. If there is one thing that we can learn about their success is to never give up no matter how hard life is.

There will always be setbacks, problems, and doubts along the way. But these shouldn’t stop you from reaching the finish line.

Just keep going. Hard work will pay off in the end. It always does.

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