Today I was asked by someone what is my biggest fear, I had to respond that my fear is failing and being rejected by my peers as well as others. But let me digress for a second, that use to be a fear of mine but not no more. A few years ago after experience a serious business lost where as I had to close the doors to my tax business, I made the decision to stop being afraid to share my setback with others. Because I believe failure does not exist, if you have learned from the setback. So many people are afraid to express their true feelings when they experience a personal or business setbacks, but take it from me it feels good to release your true feelings do not bottle them up and keep them to yourself. My setback has released the pressure I had on myself to prove to others that I am successful. Listed below are several individuals who experience a setback, and guess what they failed forward and became famous. Embrace failure the next time you experience a setback.
Oprah Winfrey the TV mogul was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for tv."
Winfrey was terminated from her post as co-anchor of the 6 o'clock weekday news on Baltimore's WJZ-TV after the show received low ratings. Winfrey has called it the “first and worst failure of her TV career.”
Jerry Seinfeld he young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually booed off of the stage.
Sidney Poitier was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?"
Poitier went on to win an Oscar for "Lilies of the Field" in 1964 and 1967's super successful "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner."
Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times.
He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, a young Michael Jordan went home and cried in the privacy of his bedroom.
But Jordan didn't let this early-in-life setback stop him from playing the game and the basketball superstar has stated, "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."
Steve Jobs at 30-years-old he was left devastated after being unceremoniously removed from the company he founded.
In a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Jobs explained, "I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."
After his return to Apple, Jobs created several iconic products, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad, which have changed the face of consumer technology forever. And Jobs became one of the richest men in the world.
After facing a setback with my tax business, I went back to what I am passionate about and that’s teaching people about personal finance and wealth building, which led me to blogging and pursuing an income online through internet marketing. I have to contribute my new skill set to Empower Network. If you want to learn how I make money blogging, get started for $25 dollars.
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