Famous Failures

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Mariela Guerra (PSA), Staff Writer

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It is often said that “In order to succeed we must fail.” While our failures often cause us discouragement, they are more important to us than we realize. We often admire others  ecause of their success, but we fail to see that a lot of them have also failed on the journey. Recognizing failures is just as important recognizing success because it can teach us to not let setbacks stop us.

Many of the people that we admire for their achievements can also shed some light on setbacks and failures. Even people like Abraham Lincoln had many setbacks. Before he became President, he was defeated for positions like Senate, Congress, and Vice- President.

One of the most famous people who failed before they succeeded was Walt Disney. Yes, the man who created Disney and brought us years of joy and amazing childhood memories also failed. He started a company named Laugh-O-Gram Corporation in 1921 and it went bankrupt in 1923. He failed, but he moved on and went on to be the Disney that we all remember, leaving his mark in animation.

Another person who failed before she succeeded is J.K. Rowling. Many of us have watched the movies or read her very successful book franchise of Harry Potter. In her Harvard commencement speech she shed light on the importance of failure and how it can shape us. In the speech she says “…It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all…I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected;”, this helps people see the inevitability of failure in life, It also helps us see that failing can help us learn more about ourselves.

Another example is Beyoncé, one of the most well-known singers. Even someone as successful as Beyoncé has had to face some failures. Before her successful career as a solo-artist and she was in Destiny’s Child, the girl group was Star Search. With Beyoncé being only 9-years old, her group lost, but after eight years, the girl group was cut down to four and renamed Destiny’s Child. Even at such a young age these girls and their families didn’t give up. They eventually signed with Columbia, the group of four became a very successful trio.

Another singer who has overlooked failures is Elvis Presley. Before he gained attention when he was in Arthur Crudus “That’s All Right.” He recorded two demo discs for Sun Records and nothing came of it. He was rejected for vocalist of the quartet Song fellows because they said he “couldn’t sing.” He became so frustrated that he became a truck driver. He eventually ended up in “That’s All Right” and caught attention which lead to his career.

When we look at these people’s path to success, it enhances their achievements. We see that the road to success and achieving one’s goals can present us with setbacks and failures. However, these can be more important than we realize. Like J.K Rowling said, it can teach us a lot about ourselves and it a part of life. Just like so many of the people mentioned, we shouldn’t let setbacks discourage us from reaching our dreams and success.

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