Rejected: Unbelievable Success from Failure
Walt Disney was told by his boss that he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Anna Wintour, Now famous editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was told by her boss that her photo shoots were too edgy and then he fired her.
Oprah Winfrey was fired as a journalist because she could not write a story without including her emotions and another boss said she was “unfit for TV news.”
Elvis Presley was told he couldn’t sing and was better off driving trucks.
Thomas Edison was fired for spilling acid on the floor of Western Union where was secretly conducting experiments.
Marilyn Monroe was told by modeling agencies to consider becoming a secretary.
Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school several times.
Rudyard Kipling was fired from the San Francisco Examiner because he “didn’t know how to use the English language.”
Judy Dench was told she would never be in a movie because her face was “wrongly arranged.”
Albert Einstein’s School head wrote that he (16 years old) would “never amount to anything.”
Fred Astaire was handed a note saying “Can’t sing, can’t act, Balding. Can dance a little.”
Harrison Ford was told after his acting debut that he’d never make it in the business and to “just forget about it.”
Dr. Seuss (Giesel) had work rejected as “pure rubbish” until he got published in children’s literature.
Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken was fired from many jobs and was rejected over 1000 times before find a business partner for this KFC franchise.
Soichiro Honda was rejected from getting a job at Toyota. So, he started making scooters in his garage.
Stephen King was rejected 30 times before he published his first book which his wife retrieved after he threw it in the trash.
Charles Schultz (Peanuts cartoonist) was rejected from a job with Walt Disney and all of his cartoons were rejected by the high school yearbook staff.
John Lasseter (CEO of Pixar) was fired by the Walt Disney Company before he started Pixar.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.