J.K. Rowling J.K. 罗琳
A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized.In her words, “I had failed on an epic scale.An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard,I was the biggest failure I knew.” Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.
Steve Jobs 史蒂夫·乔布斯
苹 果公司就是从两个男人在车库里开始的。几年后，我们知道时已经是市值20亿美元的大公司。然而不可思议的是，乔布斯却从他创始的公司被解雇。这次解雇也让 他意识到他对于工作的热情远远超过对于失败的恐惧。他后来说，“我当时并没有意识到。但后来证实从苹果公司解雇是我遇到的最好的事情之一。”
The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage.Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began.The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure.Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at Apple.“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,”Jobs said in 2005.
Bill Gates 比尔·盖茨
Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft ,and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.In his own words: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.
Albert Einstein 阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦
The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius.Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself,could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.After all, he believed that “success is failure in progress.” To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.
Abraham Lincoln 亚伯拉罕·林肯
Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856,Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.In this great man’s words: “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.
Michael Jordan 迈克尔·乔丹
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times,I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent.In fact, in his earlier years, basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height.It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.
Steven Spielberg 史蒂文·斯皮尔伯格
Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name.It is surprising to realize therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969.This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all.“Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.” Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.
Walt Disney 华特·迪士尼
Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army. One of his earlier ventures, Laugho-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.The logic behind this is simple: “… we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Vincent Van Gogh 文森特·凡·高
在 他的一生中，经历精神疾病困扰，失败的爱情和自杀。一生只卖出一幅画，是一个彻头彻尾的失败者。但这并不能阻碍他对于艺术的热情。他永远也不会知道多年以 后，成为世界后印象主义的一个代表人物，并最终成为最卓著的艺术家之一。他曾经说过：“如果你听到一个声音说‘不要绘画’，那么一定要想尽一切办法去绘 画，那么这个声音就会安静下来。“
During his lifetime Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived. In the words of this great, but tragic man, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Stephen King 斯蒂芬·金
孩 童时期的他作为一个备受噩梦、疾病和贫穷困扰的孩子来说，“恐惧”一直跟随着他的左右。为摆脱生活中的不幸福，也曾一度借助药物和酒精。被出版商的多次拒 绝和非法药物让他一度精神上陷入伤害自己孩子的状态。这些强烈的情感让他专注于写作。如同一种他对所有苦难的适应机制一样，这也促使他取得了今天的成功。
As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. This became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.