Sweet Failure Sweet, Sweet, Failure

Even the Most Famous People Fail

Walt Disney himself had quite a bad start. First he was fired by a newspaper editor because, he supposedly "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." as strange as it sounds to us in current day, but that is what he said all the same. After that failure, Disney started many of businesses, but none of them lasted too long and all of them ended with Disney having bankruptcy and even more failure to add to the list. Although Disney had failed several times throughout his life, there was one thing he did do successfully. That was that he never stopped trying to make it in life. So then, eventually Disney rose above every single rejection, and all the failed attempts he had experienced, and he tried again, and again, and again till the day he finally succeeded in life. Soon he did actually succeed, and became the extremely famous man he is as known as today.


Writing Failure

J.K. Rowling is one of the most famous and talented authors today, but she considers herself a failure. J.K. Rowling’s first book was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, an amazing story well known to everyone of all ages. When J.K. Rowling first started writing the story, she was soon interrupted for a few reasons. For example her mother had passed away. This caused Rowling to fall into deep, and dark state of depression. As an attempt to get out of depression, Rowling decided to teach English in Portugal for a year. She had hoped to finish the first part of her book in that time, but she didn’t. She eventually finished the first three chapters of the book, and sent them to twelve completely different publishers, and got rejected every single time. She sent it to the thirteenth publisher whose sweet little eight year old daughter read the captivating first chapters and begged to read the rest of the story. The publisher agreed to publish the story, but warned Rowling to get a day job, because writing children’s books won’t earn her much money. Because of her fantastic first book, she went from a jobless, single mother to a multi-millionaire, best-selling author. Who knew the number thirteen could be so lucky?

Fame Never Comes Easy

Michael Jordan, and Jackie Robinson were both extremely talented, natural born athletes. Although they both had pretty different reasons for their situation, both of their problems had the same exact basis, they were both not allowed to play on a team because of something they couldn’t control. They were both disregarded by coaches early in their careers, but for extremely different reasons, but both are now recognized to be one of the best in their field.

Michael Jordan is an extremely famous basketball player, who has won many different championships and awards. Jordan had been born with natural talent, and passion for basketball. He started practicing the sport from a very young age. The problem was that many coaches couldn’t see his talent because he was not a very tall player in elementary, middle or high school. In his school years, he didn’t reach the minimum height for the any of the teams, so he wasn’t allowed to play. Jordan’s personal solution to the dilemma was just to work harder, and become a better player, until people could look past his height, and see his true talent and passion for the game, and people thought he was good enough to be a serious player. This causes him to see these failures as just failed attempts to reach a goal, and not reasons to give up. These failures impacted his life, and how he saw challenges in his life. He believed that he still had a chance, and so he pushed himself a little farther, made himself work a little harder, and he tried to become a better player. Day by day Jordan got a little better, whether it was noticeable or not. Jordan wasn’t the only person to push himself, he was born into a progress-driven family, so his parents’ expectations were high, not only for school but also for extracurricular activities. As he developed his skills, he also grew to be 6’6”, and although he was still considered a shorter player, he became a big star. He himself had said “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.” Michael Jordan is completely okay with failing, but he was not okay with never even trying. Today Michael Jordan is known around the world even by those people who don’t even watch basketball.

Jackie Robinson had a similar situation, in a way, Robinson wasn’t allowed to play in the Major League because he was African-American, and at that time only white people were allowed to play professionally. Robinson was an extremely talented player, but because his race, he was treated differently than other white players. For example, he could only play in the Negro Baseball League, or he could never be called as good as the white players, even if he was as good. However, he did not let the discrimination break him down. He kept trying to improve and prove that he was as good and maybe even better than white players.When he did try to make the move to major league baseball, people called him a racial aggravator, or someone who was trying to cause trouble between the races. Now if Robinson was white, then people would be saying that he had passion, and talent. Robinson was extremely resilient, and didn’t let any of the nasty comments get to him, because that was exactly what they wanted. Robinson is now known as the first African-American player to ever play in Major League Baseball. Robinson was also the first African-American player to be put in the hall of fame, and in his honor nobody ever plays with his number, 22, because nobody will have the same amount of determination, strength, or passion for the game of baseball as much as Robinson had during his time playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Both of these extremely famous athletes were rejected because of something they couldn’t control. People can’t control how they look. For instance how tall someone is or what race someone is. Both of them failed at first, but both of them got back up. Let kids play on the team even if their talent is not seen by others. Let kids build up their talent, and passion, you never know, they may become a star some day.