Showing posts with label failure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label failure. Show all posts

Friday, September 9, 2016

Colonel Gaddafi failed military career

As one of the longest reigning "Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Lybia" ever. I'm not sure that we can consider Muammar Gaddafi's career as an underachievement. ;-)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Colonel Sanders refusal to quit

Businesses weren't always good to Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He failed in every of his "early" business ventures and careers. However he was stubborn and determinated.

At a late start at the age of 65, he toured the United States trying to franchise his fried chicken recipe. But he was turned off a record of 1,009 times before selling his first chicken. His foolish refusal to quit finally paid off, selling his franchise 8 years later in 1964 for $2 Million ($15.3 Million in todays Money).

Never Give Up

Friday, October 2, 2015

Famous People Who Found Success Despite Failures

A very interesting and inspirational article about people who failed a lot but kept going forward to finally become historical success story. Originally published on by an unknown author. I've added my personal touch to it.

Sylvester Stallone, centimillionaire movie star. His Rocky script was rejected 44 times before being finally accepted. But his fight was over, since he had to convince the producer to be the star of the movie. Then he had to train several hours a day for several month to look like a pro Boxer.

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potterspoke to the graduating class of Harvard in June 2008. She didn’t talk about success. She talked about failures. Her own in particular. I absolutely love her quote.
“You might never fail on the scale I did,” Rowling told that privileged audience. “But 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 fail by default."
She should know. The author didn’t magically become richer than the Queen of England overnight. Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.
Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.
What if she stopped at the first rejection? The fifth? Or the tenth?
The measure of success can be shown by how many times someone keeps going despite hearing only no.
The following people are not the only ones who have succeeded despite failure and rejection.
I thought they would be the most interesting to you.

People who found success despite failures

Colonel Sanders: The founder of KFC. He started his dream at 65 years old! He got a social security check for only $105 and was mad. Instead of complaining he did something about it.
He thought restaurant owners would love his fried chicken recipe, use it, sales would increase, and he’d get a percentage of it. He drove around the country knocking on doors, sleeping in his car, wearing his white suit.
Do you know how many times people said no till he got one yes? 1009 times!

Walt Disney: The man who gave us Disney World and Mickey Mouse. His first animation company went banktrupt. He was fired by a news editor cause he lacked imagination. Legend has it he was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World.

Albert Eistein: He didn’t speak till he was four and didn’t read till seven. His parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped. He only turned out to win a Nobel prize and be the face of modern physics.

Richard Branson: He’s a billionaire mogul of Virgin but has had his share of failures. Remember Virgin Cola or Virgin credit cards? Probably not. He’s lost hundreds of millions of dollars but has not let failure stop him. When you’re rich like him you can rent his private island for $53,000 a night.

Mark Cuban: The billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks got rich when he sold his company to Yahoo for $5.9 billion in stock. He admitted he was terrible at his early jobs. His parents wanted him to have a normal job. So he tried carpentry but hated it. He was a short order cook but a terrible one. He waited tables but couldn’t open a bottle of wine. He says of his failures,
“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed,” Cuban says. “You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.”

Vincent Van Gogh: He only sold one painting in his lifetime!  Just one to a friend. Despite that he kept painting and finished over 800 pieces. Now everyone wants to buy them and his most expensive painting is valued at $142.7 million.

Theodor Seuss Giesel: Dr. Seuss gave us Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Books every child reads. At first many didn’t think he would succeed. 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

John Grisham: The American author first was a lawyer who loved to write. His first book A Time to Kill took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times until he got one yes for a 5,000 copy print. He’s sold over 250 million total copies of his books.

Steven Spielberg: He applied and was denied two times to the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.
He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994 got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

Stephen King: His first book Carrie was rejected 30 times and he threw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it out of the trash and encouraged him to resubmit it. The rest is history. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books. (He’s also made many adults fear clowns too.)

Stephenie Meyer: The author of the crazy Twilight series said the inspiration from the book came from a dream. She finished it in three months but never intended to publish it until a friend suggested she should.
She wrote 15 letters to literary agencies. Five didn’t reply. Nine rejected. One gave her a chance. Then eight publishers auctioned for the right to publish Twilight. She got a three book deal worth $750,000. In 2010, Forbes reported she earned $40 million.

Tim Ferris: The man behind the 4 Hour Workweek, who changed how many people view work and life, was rejected by 26 publishers before one gave him a chance. It’s been on the bestseller’s list for years, sold all over the world, and last year published The 4 Hour Body that went to #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

The Beatles: They were rejected by many record labels. In a famous rejection, the label said,“”guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business”.

After that the Beatles signed with EMI, brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the greatest band in history.

Michael Jordan: He’s famous for being cut from his high school basketball team. He turned out to be the greatest basketball player but never let failure deter him. I love this quote…
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Thomas Edison: No list of success from failures would be complete without the man who gave us many inventions including the light bulb. He knew failure wouldn’t stop him.
"If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."

There is no success without failure

Decide what is important to you and take huge steps everyday even though it doesn’t seem like it’s working. Success doesn’t happen without failures. It’s reality.

Deal with it.

How bad do you want to achieve your goal? It better be so bad that rejection won’t derail you.
How much do you believe in what you’re doing? Colonel Sanders did despite 1009 rejections!
“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Japanese proverb

Interesting links:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump Steaks

A lot of time I have started blogs in which I've invested time and expected unrealistic hope ( Blogs that turned out to be epic failures or never-was ( but none at the level of failure and ridiculousness of some of Donald Trump branding.

Think about Trump water, Trump vodka, Trump dishwashing soap, his United States Presidential Campaign...

As said VanityFair: "Donald Trump has created many things in his image: vodka, tacky ties, bankrupt casinos, several children, a failed magazine, etc."  

And what might be the very worst... Donald Trump mail order steaks in 2007!!??!!


You can associate Donald Trump with a lot of things, like firing people, horrible hair, marrying much younger models, and bankruptcy, but one thing you’d probably never immediately think of when The Donald unfortunately springs to mind is “fine food.” Sure, this is a man who has no doubt eaten in many an outstanding restaurant in his life, but eating food and serving food are two very different things. That didn’t stop Trump from trying to market his own line of steaks, and along with them, his own steakhouse.
Trump launched his own line of mail order steaks (WTF?), similar to the Omaha Steaks Company, and also opened his own Las Vegas steakhouse to peddle these amazingly overpriced slabs of beef. Needless to say, things didn’t go so well early on. His steakhouse was shut down after health inspectors came in and tagged it with an incredible 51 violations, and the restaurant was shut down until the entire situation could be remedied. This is one time we wish there could have been a reality TV crossover that involved Gordon Ramsay screaming at Trump and calling him a muppet.

Chew Donald Trump’s Meat: Trump Steaks?

Donald Trump is “raising the stakes” when it comes to steak!
The Sharper Image will be selling said steaks ($199 is the low-end). Apparently, these steaks are the essence of quality. Only 1% of American beef qualifies for the honor of being sold under the banner.
I’m tempted to say this will end up in the land where brand extensions go to die; but then again, Trump has peddled Trump Ice bottled water and Trump Vodka.
Generation Y generally doesn’t fall for brand loyalty and celebrity endorsements. Everything in the ad below reeks of the 1980s. Then again, he’s not targeting us. But I’m also having a hard time picturing the kind of person who would go out and buy these premium priced steaks, just because a rich man with a bad haircut and a tv show tells you they’re good.

Trump Steakhouse Hit With 51 Violations After Officials Find Month-Old Caviar, Expired Yogurt


Other interesting links:

UPDATE ON THE ABOVE (November 9, 2016): I thought, just like anybody else, that Donald Trump Presidential Campaign was a joke with zero hope. I was dead-wrong just like everybody else. And now, I am proud to say that, against all odds, Donald Trump is a winner

There is no better revenge than success!

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