Sorry…But NO! 5 Successful People Who Failed and Tried Again


This is a short list of successful people who were told no or failed many times before achieving tremendous success. Members of this multiple-rejection-club are plentiful. Call it a stubborn nature, naivety, or an extreme belief in what they were attempting, here are 5 people who refused to give up. What’s your reason? #KeepGoing

  • Timothy Ferriss (author, entrepreneur and public speaker) — rejected by 26 publishers

“If someone’s criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don’t want to hear it. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.” via

  • Oprah Winfrey (media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist) — first boss told her she was too emotional and not right for television

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. Oprah Winfrey.” via

  • J.K. Rowling (novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series) — initially rejected by 12 publishers

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” via

  • Walt Disney (entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer) — rumor has it that he was rejected over 300 times for financing before beginning Disney World.

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.” via

  • Sir James Dyson (inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company) — spent 15 years creating 5,126 versions that failed before he made one that worked.

“You need a stubborn belief in an idea in order to see it realised.” via


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