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Who is it? • Struck out a major league record 1,330 times.
Who is it? • Endured over 1000 rejections before finding a restaurant that would work with him.
Who is it? • Re-wrote music when he was unable to overcome his awkwardness with a violin.
Who is it? • Teacher described him as “too stupid to learn anything.”
Who is it? • Could not speak until age 4. Could not read until age 7. Teacher described him as “mentally slow” and “adrift.”
Who is it? • Flunked the 6th grade and didn’t taste true success until age 62.
Who is it? • Cut from his high School basketball team – went home, locked himself into his bedroom and cried. Later played in the NBA, missed 9000 shots and missed 26 game winning baskets.
Who is it? • Was told at an audition that he should give up singing and go back to driving trucks for a living.
Who is it? • She was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”
Who is it? • Left devastated after being removed from the company he founded at age 30
Steve Jobs • Steve Jobs
Who is it? • Turned down by a record company that told them “Guitar music is on the way out”
Who is it? • Rejected by 12 Publishers
Who is it? • Fired from a newspaper for lack of ideas.
Failure takes many forms … • It doesn’t work • It works well, but no one wants it • It works fine, but someone else’s works much better • It works, but the timing is wrong • Failure is critical to the experimental process • It’s how designers, inventors and scientists prove themselves wrong • Without it, people and organizations become stale, stagnant and uninventive • Failure makes our ideas stronger, but only if we are willing to learn from it
What does it mean to me? • YOU are a failure. • You fell down when you learned to walk. • You nearly drowned when you learned to swim. • You fell over when the training wheels came off. • Failure was your gateway to success. It taught you what doesn’t work and what to avoid in future attempts.
Walt Disney • Went Bankrupt at age 22 after a failure of a cartoon series • Came to Hollywood with $40 in his pocket • After a successful run with a character named “Oswald the Luck Rabbit”, Walt leaned he did have ownership of the character and all the artists who worked for him left • Developed a new character named “Mickey Mouse”
Walt Disney • Tried to sell the idea of Mickey Mouse to MGM studios and was told it would never work • Mickey is now the most famous cartoon character in the world • During a sneak peak of Snow White and the seven dwarfs to college students, the audience got up and left halfway through the movie. • Turned out the students had a dorm curfew and had to leave. Snow White became one of the most successful animated movies of all time
Disneyland • Banks would not finance the construction because banks don’t lend money for Dreams • Raised the money himself • 11,000 tickets were given away for opening day. The tickets were so easy to copy that nearly 30,000 people showed up. • One person was selling tickets at the back of the park for $5 and put a ladder over the fence to sneak them in
Disneyland • The plumbing was not finished so toilets and drinking fountains did not work. • The restaurants ran out of food • The asphalt was not fully set and it was so hot that the tar was melting and stealing high heel shoes off of ladies feet! • Autopia had no rails so people could drive the cars anywhere they wanted – and they did. • It was predicted that Disneyland would fail and be closed within the first year.
Disney Revenue • The average annual profit for Disneyland is estimated at $23 million per year. • The average income for all of Disney is $41 Billion per year • Disneyland alone provides 23,000 jobs • Disneyworld provides 60,000 jobs
Disney Quotes • "It is good to have a failure while you are young because it teaches you so much. For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, And once you've lived through the worst, You're never quite as vulnerable afterwards.
Disney Quotes • All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Disney Quotes • Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.