Famous Failures – How You Can Go From Failure To Success

If this article has found you at a time where you’re feeling down because something didn’t work out then I got news for you – it happens to everyone.

The rich and famous have many failures to their name and it’s all part of what’s made them a success. How we deal with failure can help us to move towards success.

No matter what’s been going on I hope that this article can help to encourage you to keep moving forward. Your greatest days are still ahead of you. If you give up now you’ll never know what you could achieve.

The greatest people in this world all failed first, they had to deal with that failure before they could become a success.

So here are some very famous people that failed on their way up. Use their stories as inspiration and motivation to keep going. These may be examples of successful people but their stories are very relatable.

Take in the lessons and learn how to get over fear of failure.

5 Famous Failures

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is one of the most recognizable comedic actors around. He’s responsible for incredible characters like Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.

He was also booed off stage the first time he performed stand-up. Jim Carrey was so determined to be successful that he wrote a check to himself for $10,000,000 dated for 10 years in the future.

Lesson: Believe in yourself, set goals, and don’t give up. Jim Carey wrote cash for ‘acting services rendered’ which he kept in his wallet.

It was dated for 10 years in the future and he was able to achieve this goal.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is known for her daytime talk show and her success as a television personality led to her very own cable network. She now has a lucrative deal to produce content for Apple TV+.

What you may not know is that Oprah grew up in poverty and before she was the success she is today she was fired from her first job as a news anchor.

Her producers claimed that she was not fit for TV.

Lesson: Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can or can’t do. Oprah is one of the most visible people on U.S television and is known across the world.

For someone who was told she was not fit for TV, she’s really shown them up.

J.K Rowling

J.K Rowling is the author of the most successful book series ever. You’ll have heard of Harry Potter even if you’ve never read anything.

Working as a single mother in London J.K Rowling dealt with multiple rejections of her manuscript for the Philosopher’s Stone.

12 major publishers turned it down before Penguin took a chance on her book. If she had given up after the first 12 rejections a generation wouldn’t have grown up with Harry Potter.

Lesson: One person’s opinion is not the end of the world. 12 people refused to publish Harry Potter but J.K believed in her work.

Now it’s one of the most successful franchises ever. 

Stephen King

Another author who proves that failure is not an option. His first manuscript frustrated him so much that he tossed it away.

If it wasn’t for his wife saving it and pushed him to finish it we wouldn’t have Carrie. The rejections came through thick and fast for Stephen King with 30 rejections before Doubleday took it on. 

Lesson: It’s okay to lean on others when you doubt yourself. If it wasn’t for his wife, Stephen King may never have finished Carrie.

Find a strong support network that can hold you up when you need it.

Colonel Sanders

His secret recipe of herbs and spices has made KFC one of the most successful fast-food franchises of all time. At the age of 65, he was forced to sell his restaurant and was left with only $105 a month from social security.

He already had his secret recipe and he decided to travel the states looking to franchise his chicken concept. Sanders would sleep in his car during this period of his life.

Lesson: You are never too old to become a success. Sanders knew his chicken was the best in the business.

He turned his secret recipe into a multimillion-dollar business in just a few years.

If You’ve Never Failed, You’re Not Trying

These famous failures are proof that failure does not need to define you. You can get back on the horse and try again. Learn how to get over fear of failure and use that knowledge to empower yourself.

If you’re not trying then you’re never going to create something new. You’ll never be able to reach your goal if you’re not willing to fail.

Here’s a statistic that’s worth remembering: it takes an average of 4 failures until you see success. No matter how many times you’ve had to pick yourself up and dust yourself off – keep trying.

The only time we truly fail is when we give up so say to yourself that ‘failure is not an option.’

Think of the famous failures that have been mentioned today. These people were down on their luck, things weren’t working out for them, and they kept going. We wouldn’t have Harry Potter, IT, or KFC if they had given up.

What separates these people from the rest is that they didn’t give up.

These are famous people that failed but it is their successes we all love them for.


Don’t let your failures define you. Instead, let them teach you and use failure as a motivational tool. Regardless of what your situation is try to keep moving forward.

Don’t let failure be the thing that holds you back.

There are famous people that failed who managed to bounce back and achieve success. You can do this too.

That’s the lesson you should take away from this lesson. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time you failed or the 1,000th time.

Just keep going because even the greatest people in this world had to fail first.

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