All these people in their lives have achieved unrealistic success and almost every inhabitant of the Earth knows them. Looking at them now, it seems that with such a talent they had a straight road to success, but few people know that on their way they faced serious obstacles and a number of failures. Despite all the troubles and adversities, thanks to their perseverance and self-confidence, they managed to achieve sky-high heights. We present you 10 stories of famous people who proved to everyone that you have to fight for happiness.
In 1993, Beyonce failed a young talent contest
Before becoming the “Queen of Bey”, Beyonce, who then performed as part of the dance rap group Girl’s Tyme, did not become a winner in the popular American talent show “Star Search”.
According to the singer, her band, which later became known as Destiny’s Child, lost because of a bad song.
Now, after more than twenty years, the most successful and highly paid pop and R&B singer, whose albums break all sales records, has included a recording of that distant and failed contest in her new video “Flawless”.
Disney was told that his Mickey mouse was doomed to fail
Before creating his cartoon Empire, Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and didn’t have any good ideas.”
In 1921, disney created Its first animation company in Kansas city and signed a contract with a distribution firm in new York, which he intended to sell his cartoons to. Once the firm stopped paying disney, he was forced to close his company.
This led to the fact that the animator had nothing to pay for the apartment and had to eat dog food.
The company MGM Studios, which Walt Disney tried to sell Mickey mouse to in 1927, said that the project was doomed to failure, because a giant mouse on the screens would frighten women.
And this was not all the tests that fate had prepared for disney. But he continued to take risks, and the result of his work was 29 “Oscars” and the realization of a dream that had haunted him since childhood.
J. K. Rowling lived on the Dole
Before writing an international bestseller, giving the world Harry Potter, the writer J. K. Rowling was a single mother and lived on welfare. At the same time, Rowling managed to attend school and at the same time write “Harry Potter” in a cafe.
Since the first publication of the novel “Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone”, the books in this series have become extremely popular, and Rowling’s fortune is now estimated at $1 billion.
Oprah Winfrey was considered “unfit for television”
After working as an assistant for the six o’clock news on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV, Oprah Winfrey was fired because of the program’s low ratings. The successful media Mogul later recalled the episode as “her first and worst failure in her television career.”
Then Winfrey meets Gayle king, who becomes her best friend, producer and editor of O, the Oprah Magazine.
Seven years after its failure, Winfrey moved to Chicago, where her eponymous talk show has been shown in 146 countries for 25 years, and the American weekly “TV guide” included it in the list of “50 greatest shows in American history”. Currently, Oprah Winfrey has launched her own TV channel.
Stephen king received 30 rejections before his novel Carrie was published
In 1973, Stephen king was working as an English teacher in Maine, and to make ends meet, he wrote short stories for magazines for a small fee. In the same year, the writer receives an advance of $ 2,500 for his first novel, Carrie. But after receiving more than 30 refusals to publish the novel, king gave up on the book.
Later, at the insistence of his wife, king still decides to re-sell the rights to the manuscript, and in 1974 the novel sold a million copies and became a cult.
Since 2011, total sales of Stephen king’s books have been estimated at between 300 and 350 million copies.
Oliver stone dropped out of Yale University
Three-Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver stone dropped out of the prestigious Yale University to write his first novel, which was later rejected by all publishers. However, when the novel was published in 1998, the book was not a great success with readers, and stone went to South Vietnam as an English teacher.
A few years later, stone was drafted into the army in Vietnam, where he participated in a major battle for the Burt fire support base, was wounded twice, and returned from the war with several battle awards (including the Bronze star and Purple heart). This experience inspired the Director to create his own films: “Platoon, “”Born on the fourth of July,” and ” Natural born killers.”
Steven Spielberg couldn’t get into film school twice
The most famous and highest-grossing film Director in the history of world cinema tried twice to enter the film school at the University of southern California and twice he was rejected with a resume – “too mediocre”.
Then he goes to technical College, but does not graduate from it, and begins a career as a film Director. Interestingly, in 2002, 37 years after entering the University, Spielberg still graduated from it and received a bachelor’s degree in the specialty “production of films and electronic special effects”.
In his interview, Spielberg stressed the importance of obtaining higher education for building a successful career.
The Beatles were rejected by a record company
When the British rock band was just taking its first steps in a musical career, the record company “Decca “did not show any interest in their songs, stating that”they do not like their sound, and guitar bands are going out of fashion, so they have no future in show business.”
Hugh Jackman was fired from the store
Before playing the role of Wolverine in the sci-Fi action movie “X-Men”, Jackman was fired from a 7-Eleven store where he worked as a cashier.
“I was fired after six weeks on the job because my boss said I was talking too much to my clients,” the actor said.
Elvis Presley was fired after his first performance
In 1954, before Elvis Presley was a household name, Jimmy Denny, the Manager of the Old Grand Opera, told the singer, “you have no future, son. You’d better get back behind the wheel of your truck.” As a result, Elvis became one of the most popular singers in America.