Failures are Never Fatal – Learn from Life of Great People.


A candidate for news broadcaster’s post was rejected because of his voice. He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name, he would never be famous.
- He is Amitabh Bachchan.

A small boy – the fifth among seven siblings of a poor father, was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets. The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He is the person to have scripted the space Odyssey of India single handedly.
 - He is Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.


In 1962 for nervous musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca Recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out”.

- The group was called The Beatles.


In 1944, Emmeline Snivley, Director of the Blue Book modeling agency told modeling hopeful Norman Jean Baker, “ You’d better learn Secretarial work or else get married”.

 - She went on to become Marilyn Monroe.


In 1954 Jimmy Denny, Manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, “You aren’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck”.

-   He went on to become Elvis Presley.

When this gentleman invented a communications machine in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to see one of them ?”.

- He said this to Alexander Graham Bell.

 In the 1940s another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after seven longs years of rejection, he finally got a tiny company in New York , the Haloid Company to purchase the rights to his invention – an electrostatic paper copying process.  

- Haloid became the XEROX Corporation.

A 4 year old girl, 20th among 22 children, contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever at a very early age, which paralyzed her left leg. Thereafter at 9 years of age, she removed her leg braces and started walking without them. At 13 she decided to become a runner – but kept failing miserably in all races that she entered in. She kept trying in spite of several detractors and finally started winning every race she entered.

 She is Wilma Rudolph, who went on to win three Olympic Gold Medals.

A school teacher scolded a boy for not paying attention to his
mathematics and for not being able to solve simple problems. She told him that he would not become anybody in life. His mother, however, believed him and coached him in math.
- The boy went on to become Albert Einstein.

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