1) Walt Disney: "If you can dream it, you can do it.”
The man who has influenced nearly everyone’s lives with his cartoons, theme parks, movies, music (the list goes on) didn’t achieve success overnight.
Disney left school at 16, was rejected from the army for being too young, and briefly became an ambulance driver while drawing his cartoons on the side. He was fired from his newspaper job because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas”.
Disney eventually made a deal with a local theatre to screen his cartoons, which became very popular. After a few years, however, the studio hadbecome full of debt and he had to file for bankruptcy.
Soon after, he relocated to Hollywood, created Walt Disney Studios and developed Mickey Mouse…and the rest is history. Can you imagine a childhood with no Disney movies?!
2) J K Rowling: “Anything’s possible if you've got enough nerve.”
A divorced, single mother supporting her daughter on welfare, J K Rowling’s book; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (“Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US) was rejected by 12 different publishers before she finally managed to sell the book for around $4000.
J K Rowling now has an estimated net worth of $1billion from the Harry Potter franchise.
3) Michael Jordan: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”
Athlete, businessman and even actor, Michael Jordan is probably the most recognisable name to come out of the basketball world.
Although talented growing up, he wasn’t always seen as the best. He was once left out of his High School team because coaches overlooked him as he didn't reach the minimum height.
His mum told him: “The best thing you can do is prove to the coach that he made a mistake”.
That he did…
4) Oprah Winfrey: “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
Billionaire Oprah has a true “Rags to Riches” story. She grew up in extreme poverty, apparently even wearing a potato sack because her family couldn't afford clothes. She was also sexually abused by numerous male family members and a family friend.
Oprah ran away from home and at the age of 14 gave birth to a son, who sadly died shortly after.
Following this, she started turning her life around and became an honours student in high school.
After school, Oprah excelled on radio, becoming the youngest and first black news anchor at her local station. Oprah wanted to progress to TV but was told by her boss that she was too emotional and not right for television. How very wrong they were!
5) Colonel Sanders: “Do all you can and do it the best you can.”
Known as the guy from KFC, Colonel Sanders’ chicken restaurant journey actually started at the age of 62.
Sanders worked many jobs, including insurance salesman, farmer & fireman. After retiring, he spent his time going to various restaurants, cooking his secret fried chicken recipe in the hopes that the restaurant owners would purchase it. Colonel Sanders was apparently turned down 1,009 times before someone agreed to buy the recipe.
He then focused on developing his franchise business and, in less than 10 years, there were over 600 KFC branches.
It really shows that it is never too late to start something new.