When we look at famous CEOs, athletes, actors, inventors, scientists, authors, we often forget there was ever time in their lives before they had fame. That there was a time in their lives where they were just like is, dreaming up ideas in their bedrooms and hoping one of them might catch on someday.
We also forget about the hard work, the determination, the setbacks they faced along the way, too.
It wasn’t always easy for these successful people — it was how they responded and reacted to failure that skyrocketed their careers to where they are today. Take their advice on failing forward the next time you’re pressed for some motivation:
1. Jerry Seinfeld
© Susan Sterner/AP Images There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jerry Seinfeld is a successful comedian. But when he first started out? Seinfeld was booed off the stage. But after that first time on stage, he went back to the same comedy club the next night, and left with cheers and applause.
“The advice I would give [the younger me] — or any young person — would be ‘Keep your head up in failure and your head down in success.'” —Reddit.com
2. Vera Wang
Did you know that Wang was a talented ice skater? She tried out for the Olympic team, but didn’t make the cut. Then she worked as an editor at Vogue, but was passed up for a promotion to EIC. Despite the setbacks, Wang pushed forward to become the successful wedding dress designer she is today.
“In the end, it’s not about failure, it’s about how much you love what you do. If it gets you up in the morning, gives you a reason to live, a reason to be excited, that’s the greatest gift that any passion can give you.” —Wall Street Journal