11 Wild Stories Of Failure That Lead To The World’s Greatest Successes.
We spend the first part of our lives trying to figure out what we're supposed to do with the rest of our years. Unfortunately, so many people settle for something way less than what they deserve. There are many people that have become unbelievably successful that have started out the same way. Some of them took years to get recognized for their talents, and some didn't happen until after death. Either way, seeing people succeed, after what seems like a lifetime of struggle, is a great source of inspiration if you've lost motivation to keep your dreams alive.
The "King of Rock and Roll" didn't start out that way.
Elvis Presley took the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1954. When people first saw his strange hip-shaking moves, they did not like it at all. In fact, he completely bombed after performing his rendition of "Blue Moon of Kentucky." He swore he would never return again. It wasn't until he performed on the stage of Opry's largest competitor, the Louisiana Hayride, that he gained some recognition. After that performance, he signed for 52 appearances, which launched his career into the music industry.
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Vincent Van Gogh produced over 2000 pieces of art!
His breathtaking works of art can be seen in museums all over the world. Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive. After his death, his brother's wife, Johanna, took it upon herself to share his paintings with the world. It's unfortunate that he never got to see what his work did for us all.
Even though he faced discrimination, Prince still reached for the stars.
While performing as the opening act for The Rolling Stones in October of 1981, Prince was assaulted with harsh homophobic words, and objects being thrown from the audience. The audience had no idea who Prince was, and they certainly didn't accept his unique sense of style. After being talked into staying on tour, the same thing happened the second night. But he didn't let that keep him down. He fought adversity and became the Prince that we know, and love, today.
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No matter what life threw at him, 50 Cent beat the odds.
Growing up in poverty could lead anyone to a life of crime to make ends meet. Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, was only 12 years old when he started walking down the wrong path in life.
At the age of 19, he had a run-in with the cops and was sentenced to serve time in prison. Instead, he was sent to a bootcamp, where he earned his GED. Upon his release. he changed his name to 50 Cent, to remind himself of a bank robber with a similar name, that did anything he needed to to provide for himself.
After getting shot in 2000, he signed a deal with Columbia records, but was dropped from it almost immediately. He was forced to to go to Canada to record music after being blacklisted from the industry.
After hearing one of his songs, Eminem signed him to his label. They recorded an album that ended up going 6-times platinum.
You're never too old to dream!
Anna Mary Robertson Moses is an extremely famous American folk artist, but she didn't start out that way. Anna, also known as Grandma Moses, was originally a big fan of embroidery, but when her arthritis caused her to not be able to what she loved anymore, she turned to the canvas. At 76 years old, she began her 25-year long career as an artist. She lived long enough to be able to see her paintings sold for $10,000. What an accomplishment!
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