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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

10 brutal rejections that didn't hold them back

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Walt Disney - Fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."

JK Rowling - Rejected by dozens, including HarperCollins, when a small publisher in London took a chance on Harry Potter.

Oprah Winfrey - Fired as an evening news reporter of Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her emotions from her stories.


George Orwell - A publisher turned down his legendary novel, Animal Farm, with the words "It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA".


Jerry Seinfeld - Didn't find out he was cut from a minor role on a sitcom until he read the script and discovered his part missing.

Elvis Presley - After a performance in Nashville early in his career, he was told by a manager that he was better off driving trucks in Memphis (his previous job).



Steve Jobs - Fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in 1997 to save it. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.


Stephen King - His first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. He nearly threw the book out when his wife saved it from the trash and encouraged him to keep trying.


Marilyn Monroe - At the start of her storied modeling and acting career, she was told she should consider becoming a secretary.


Abraham Lincoln - Demoted from Captain to Private during war, failed as a businessman, and lost several times as a political candidate before becoming President.

 

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