6 Brilliant Personalities Who Faced Rejection But Still Went Ahead And Succeeded In Life

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed – Michael Jordan

Rejection and failure are a part of life. They are also very good teachers in themselves. These people, rejected and failed hide among the shadows unseen, always changing.

And the day they get their big break, their story is one among the many too.

Here are some of the most popular and brilliant, who did not get disheartened by a NO.

1. Soichiro Honda


The man behind the company that is one of the largest manufacturers of motorbikes was once rejected by Toyota. He didn’t give up. He made motorbikes from scratch in his garage and then founded the company we all know so well today.

2. Amitabh Bachchan


Arguably the most recognizable voice in the country, he was once rejected by All India Radio after an audition. He didn’t give up and became one of the most famous and respected movie stars of the century.

3. Walt Disney


The founder of the Walt Disney, Walt was a world-renowned businessman. He was the businessman who gave birth to the famous Disney World and Mickey Mouse. His company bankrupt at first.

A news editor fired him stating that he lacked innovation and imagination. He was turned down more than 300 times, before getting aid to start Disney World.

Walt Disney was fired by a news editor for not being imaginative. The creator of Mickey Mouse and founder of Walt Disney Studios was rejected for not being creative.

4. Madonna



Remember the song “Material Girl” by her?

She was once rejected by a recording label for lacking material in the album she had submitted. She signed her first album by 1982 and there was no looking back since then.

5. Steven Paul Jobs


Who isn’t inspired by the success of Apple and Steve Jobs, a brand that has affected the lives of millions? Most of us would not be familiar with his struggles; he lived his life sleeping at the door rooms of a friend’s house. By the time he was in India, he stayed at the temple, where he would get free meals. Later, Paul and Clara Jobs, who decided to impart him a further education, adopted Jobs.  The rest was a result of his hard work and perseverance.

Rejected by other companies is routine, but what happens when you are evicted from a company that you built using your blood and sweat? Steve Jobs was asked to leave his own company when he was developing his envisioned product – the Macintosh.

He was 30 at the time. The rest is history.

6. Colonel Harland David Sanders


Colonel Harland David Sanders as he is lovingly known was rejected a whopping 1009 times before someone agreed to share and sell the fried chicken he loved making.

KFC is one of the most widespread eateries around the world today.