If you feel hopeless while achieving your goal and you need some motivation, read this. These are the people who don’t need to introduce themselves anymore because of their achievements in their lifetime. These people are particularly inspiring because they’ve gone through rejection and failures too, but that didn’t stop them from becoming who they are today.

J. K. Rowling

Before she earned millions, she had to face a failed marriage, being almost entirely broke while raising a child on her own and going to school. When she finally finished writing Harry Potter, she was rejected by a number of publishing companies before getting published. She even had to depend on welfare to survive but now, she’s just one of the richest women in the world.

Winston Churchill

He failed his sixth grade because he struggled in school. He failed in politics for many years every time he ran for public office. At 62, he became the prime minister of the United Kingdom. He was twice elected as such and was also awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1953.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Publishers think his books are not sellable so they rejected him; in fact, 27 of them did. Now, his books are read by children all over the world. He wrote under the pen name, Dr. Seuss.

Ludwig van Beethoven

He was very awkward on the violin. His teachers thought he was not brilliant enough but it did not stop him there. He composed five of the best-loved symphonies of all time even when he was going deaf.

Michael Jordan

He was kicked out of his high school basketball team. He missed more than 9,000 shots and lost 300 games. Now, he is known as the best basketball player of all time.

Henry Ford

He was broke five times and his early businesses failed. Now, he owns the one of the considered as best motor companies in the world.

Walt Disney

He was fired by his newspaper editor believing that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. He went bankrupt and failed a number of businesses. He is now the owner of the billion-dollar company profiting from the most famous merchandise, movies, and theme parks.

Thomas Edison

His teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He got fired from two of his jobs because he was unproductive. He failed 1,000 times with his invention. Now, we are using his idea to light our homes.

Charlie Chaplin

He was always rejected because his acting was nonsense and will supposedly never sell. Now, he is an icon for making the best pantomimic comedy movies.

Vincent Van Gogh

He sold only one painting his whole life to a friend who paid him a not so considerable amount. He was never successful in life, sometimes even starved. Now, he is one of the best-known artists.


So if you ever feel you’re in an impossible terrible situation right now, just look at their lives. It should be enough to tell you to go on and get that dream. It should be enough to push you to dream more and work more for it.

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