Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

11 Wild Stories Of Failure That Lead To The World’s Greatest Successes.

Elon Musk had to blow up a few things before he made it big.

After failing at a few companies, including getting fired from PayPal, Musk had to find something else to do. After several exploding rockets, and almost leading Tesla into bankruptcy, this SpaceX founder finally had a success. With his vision, Musk plans to change humanity and the world.

Elon Musk had to blow up a few things before he made it big.


“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

This is what Dr. Suess must have been telling himself after getting rejected a whopping 27 times before a publisher bought his first book. Dr. Suess sure did have a way with words.

After writing "The Cat in the Hat," his editor bet him that he couldn't write a book that had fewer words in it than the 225 "The Cat in the Hat" had. Dr. Suess then produced "Green Eggs and Ham" which only uses 50 different words. Using rhyming words, his books are a great way to help teach children how to read!

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

Harland Sanders, you may know him as Colonel Sanders, spent the first 50 years of his life trying different jobs, and miserably failing at them. At the age of 62, after being rejected by 1,009 different restaurants, Colonel Sanders finally launched a successful business. Thanks to his persistence, Kentucky Fried Chicken can be enjoyed by people all over the world.

Henry Ford deserves our thanks for not giving up.

After his idea to produce an eight-cylinder gas engine was said to be impossible, he told engineers to go ahead and do it anyway. They argued a bit, but in the end they had no choice if they wanted to continue working for Ford. After over a year of trying, and failing, engineers finally came up with a successful design. This just goes to show, when you go for what you want, and don't give up, anything can be accomplished!

Henry Ford deserves our thanks for not giving up.


Chris Gardener was determined to make a brighter future for his son.

Chris Gardener has led a heartbreaking, yet inspirational life. Having lived in poverty his whole life, Gardener was no stranger to struggle. But when he had his child, he knew he had to provide a much better life for his son than what he had. After deciding to become a medical-equipment salesmen, he met the man who helped change his life. Even though he experienced eviction, homelessness, and jail, all while having to provide for his young son, Gardener eventually became an extremely successful stockbroker. Check out the movie "Pursuit of Happyness" if you haven't already.

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