You can fail at anything you do, so dare to fail doing what you love. Even a “safe” job can be taken away from you. Follow your passion, at least part-time if that is your only option.
The Vice President of Columbia Pictures told Harrison Ford he would never make it in the business. After a “smart ass” response he was eventually fired from Columbia Pictures. Harrison auditioned for the American Graffiti casting call. George Lucas offered him $485 per week, but he denied the offer because he earned more money as a carpenter. George called back 2-3 hours later offering $500 per week. Harrison accepted because of George’s persistence. George Lucas rejected him at first for the legendary Han Solo role in Star Wars, because he was looking for an actor he never worked with. After George was unable to find a perfect person, Harrison lucked out and got the role. Tom Selleck was the first choice for the Indiana Jones role, but he had to back out because of his role in Magnum P.I. with CBS. Harrison was still not the first choice, because George Lucas wanted to avoid using him for the third time. Steven Spielberg saw Harrison’s role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and that finalized the role for Harrison. Although George did not initially want to cast Harrison, he later ended up saying “He was perfect for the part. I can’t imagine anybody else in that part.” The fans agreed. If Harrison had denied George’s second offer for American Graffiti, he would not be the big star we know him as. Harrison’s interesting relationship with George Lucas can teach you a lot about fate.
Joanne Rowling wrote her first book when she was 6 years old. She started writing the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter in 1990. Using a typewriter caused her to re-write entire chapters if she wanted to make changes, as well as re-write the entire book to have it double-spaced. She dealt with; divorce, the loss of her mother, being single mother, a difficult financial situation, and depression during this period of her life. Many publishers turned down the book before one finally agreed. It took her agent one year to find a publisher. Though her published agreed, he told her to get a day job because there was only a small chance for her to make money selling children’s books. She was even advised to use the initials (J.K.) instead of using her real name, so readers would not know she was a female. The first Harry Potter book was published on June 30th 1997. The Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies, and has set several records. She faced so many challenges while chasing her dream, and has become one of the most inspirational people for us to learn from. If J.K. Rowling’s story does not inspire you to do whatever it takes, I am not sure what will.
Thomas Edison was told that he was too stupid to learn anything by his teacher, and that he should go into a field where he could succeed because of his pleasant personality. He was fired from his first two jobs because they claimed he was unproductive. Comments like that will make you doubt yourself. The fascinating part is that he failed to create a working incandescent light bulb between 1,000 – 10,000 times before succeeding. His response was “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” He was right about that. Thomas was awarded 1,093 patents in the United States alone, and 2,332 worldwide. Many people would give up, thinking they are not good enough, but Thomas was not willing quit. He learned from each failure, rather than allowing it to discourage him. His inventions have sparked inspiration for important industries such as electric cars, as well as solar and wind energy. Though some of his patents did not have a large impact during his time, they have been used to create useful products that provide value today. He was far ahead of his time and rightfully earned LIFE Magazine naming him The Man Of The Millennium.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
50 Cent was signed to two record labels before he attained massive success with Eminem & Dr. Dre (Shady Records / Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records). In 1996 he was introduced to Jam Master Jay, and signed to Jam Master Jay Records. That experience taught him song structure, and he recorded a demo tape. In 1999 he left Jam Master Jay records and signed to Columbia Records. In his life he has been; stabbed, he as done whatever it takes to earn money, and on a separate occasion he was shot nine times (two days before he was going to shoot a music video with Destiny’s Child). Though he completed an album set for release in 2000, it was canceled. Columbia Records dropped him from the label when he was at an all-time low, after being shot. It took him around 5 months to rehabilitate. Facing all that, he still had the will and courage to pursue success through a music career. He released a lot of music on his own; he allowed his Columbia album to be bootlegged, and practically invented the mixtape circuit that artists use today. He faced hard times before getting his big break. In 2003, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ became the largest debut album for any artist in Hip-Hop history. 50 Cent has become an extremely successful businessman by making wise decisions, and great investments. He went through years of struggle to be where he is today, and his track record shows that he earned every bit of success.
Earl “DMX” Simmons
It took DMX 13 years to get a record deal. His passion for music led him to have one of the most successful rap careers in history. Most people are not willing to spend that much time trying, but DMX did it for the love. When he was given the opportunity to audition for Def Jam Recordings, his mouth was wired shut after being severely attacked by several men, for something he did not do. Even through that pain, he was able to impress the president of Def Jam. The president stated that he could hear the wires popping out as he was rapping. DMX had a rough upbringing struggling with drugs and crime. Through all his challenges he stayed strong, and has become one of the greatest emcees all-time. It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot is arguably one of the greatest albums in Hip-Hop history. He went on to attain extreme success in acting as well, starring in a few movies. We see here, if he did not stick to his passion, we would not know DMX, or many of the artists influenced by him.
Consistently work toward you end game goal every single day. You must be willing to be bad before you are good. You must learn the ropes, and be willing to fall many times before it all goes smooth. There are many more famous people who have failed before success. I will make more lists like this one in the near future, so be on the lookout. I hope this article has inspired you to continue your journey with a positive attitude. If you ever feel like quitting, make sure to remember that failure is only temporary. If anyone on this list had given up, they would have missed out on the blessing that came their way. I wish you success and happiness. Peace & Blessings.