Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, she didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Pablo Picasso was not a fan of academics and found himself constantly in detention where he would take his sketch pad to draw. He opposed strict rules and skipped classes to wander the streets of Barcelona to observe and draw gypsies, beggars and prostitutes.
Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. leader to feel that women should be allowed the right to vote.
CLINT EASTWOOD WAS FIRED FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AFTER HIS FIRST 2 MOVIES FOR SPEAKING TOO SLOWLY. #PERSIST
THOMAS EDISON was often TOLD BY his TEACHERS that he was “TOO STUPID TO LEARN ANYTHING”. He was FIRED FROM his FIRST 2 JOBS for not being productive. He made 1000 UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS at inventing the light bulb.
At the age of 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare. Let’s emphasize the phrase never give up.
“Mistakes make masterful teachers.” – Nas
The greatest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan, was initially cut from his highschool team. He missed more than 9000 shots in his career and missed the NBA playoffs for 6 straight years.
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron
When Shakira joined the choir in grade 2, she was told by her music teacher that she sounded like a goat and was banned from her class.
Tom Brady declined an MLB contract with the Montreal Expos just to play college football as a 7th string Quarterback in college. #Sacrifice4Passions
“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
“You must find that place within yourself where NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!”
– Deepak Chopra
Elon Musk made roughly $180 million from Paypal. He put $100 million into SpaceX, $70 million into Tesla and $10 million into Solar City while having to borrow money for rent.
Although Madonna was an ‘A’ student, she dropped out of college and fled to New York to purse her inner desires. She went with only $35 and began working at Dunkin Donuts until she finally got a gig as a backup dancer.
Frank Sinatra never read a note, and never took a lesson. He learned music on his own and did it his way. #BeLimitless
“I love what I do.” – Every successful person
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
– Marcus Aurelius
LIONEL MESSI WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY AS A KID. RATHER THAN GIVE UP ON THE ONE THING HE LOVED MOST, HE THREW AWAY A PITY MINDSET AND GREW THICKER SKIN.
During his struggling days, George Clooney lived in a friend’s closet and rode a bicycle to get to auditions.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.
WHEN ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER DESIRED A SWITCH FROM BODYBUILDER TO ACTOR, HE WAS TOLD HIS ACCENT, OVERLY DEVELOPED BODY AND CHALLENGING NAME STOOD AGAINST HIM.
IN GRADE 4, Kanye West sketched CLOTHING IDEAS and by AGE 12 he recorded ‘green eggs and ham’ in a RECORDING STUDIO by paying $25 that he got by persuading his mom.
Idris Elba left a secure acting job in London to move to New York for bigger things where he ended up being homeless and lived out of his van until he made a way. #Sacrifice
Brad Pitt drove strippers in limos, moved fridges and dressed up as a giant chicken for El Pollo Loco to make ends meet while pursuing his passion of acting.
“I kind of PROVED A LOT OF PEOPLE WRONG and proved to myself I CAN PLAY this game IN THIS BODY.”
Warren Buffett and a friend spent $25 to purchase a used pinball machine, which they placed in the local barber shop and within a few months, they owned several machines in many other barber shops.
Sofia Vergara initially took accent classes in L.A. and claimed she tried too hard to sound western until she finally realized it was much better to just be herself.
Jim Carrey would go up the Hollywood hills to visualize himself being a famous actor and would not leave until he fully convinced his subconscious mind that he really was that guy.
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
“I wouldn’t dream of working on something that didn’t make my gut rumble and my heart want to explode.” – Kate Winslet
When Martin Luther King Jr.’s GRANDMA DIED, he jumped out of his window ATTEMPTING SUICIDE. Throughout his life, he SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION, but found hope by focusing on a bigger cause OUTSIDE OF HIMSELF.
“What I tell people is be the best version of yourself in anything that you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.” – Stephen Curry
When J.K. Rowling was seeking a publisher, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying her 90,000 word novel. Instead she manually typed each version to send to publishers.
JAY LENO, who is DYSLEXIC, was TOLD BY his SCHOOL COUNSELOR that he SHOULD just DROP OUT of school because she believed he wouldn’t get far. He GRADUATED WITH a DEGREE in SPEECH THERAPY.
Adele has said in many interviews that she does not care to lose weight and that she makes music for the ears not the eyes.
The art of creating problems that don’t exist.
LEFT HOME at 21 in an OLD VAN with his parents’ mattress to PURSUE his passion for a MUSIC CAREER.
“Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true.” – Joe Montana
Mariah Carey would get fired every week from a new job because of her intense focus on music. She would be listening to her demo tapes on her Walkman while working.
BILL GATES STEPPED DOWN FROM MICROSOFT TO COMMIT HIS TIME TO SAVING MORE THAN 6 MILLION LIVES WITH VACCINES AND BETTER HEALTHCARE.
Princess Diana shocked the world when she picked up and hugged a 7 year old boy who had aids during a time when stigmas and misconceptions were that the disease was contagious through contact.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the FIRST WOMAN to RECEIVE a MEDICAL DEGREE. After she was REFUSED BY 29 different SCHOOLS and was even told to pretend she was a man, but she refused.
The ability to take risk and go beyond the defined, allowed or traditionally possible – based on being driven and on belief.
During his time as congressman and later as U.S. President, John F. Kennedy donated all of his salary to charity.
“You have to give the passion that’s necessary, you know? Like I said, I don’t do it for the money, the money’s gonna come. I do it because of the love that I have for it. You know what I’m saying?” – Dr. Dre
At age 14, Ed Sheeran decided to elope to London for the summer, to surround himself around a more opportune , vibrant and artistic city. He packed his guitar and bag full of clothes and began his quest.
NATALIE PORTMAN put her acting days on pause to get her education at HARVARD. She is a VEGETARIAN who does not smoke, drink or do drugs. She is a proud ROLE MODEL for girls and has turned down several roles if they don’t align with her values.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for “lack of creativity”. Thanks to his courage and vision, he went on to purchase ABC in 96 which was owned by the Kansas City Star. This meant the newspaper that fired him became apart of the empire he created.
Ludwig Beethoven’s music teacher told him he would be hopeless as a composer. He persevered through that obstacle along with losing his hearing later on.
“The only safe thing to do is take a chance.” – Mike Nichols
George Lucas’ first filmed bombed and every major studio would turn down his next film. Thankfully he persisted and created one of the biggest grossing movie franchises with Star Wars.
“Maybe we’re all more EXTRAORDINARY than we let ourselves BELIEVE.”