Short Inspiring Stories From Successful Celebrities
Not everyone at the top got there without a struggle. These 5 successful people share their inspiring stories of triumph over failure. These inspiring stories will encourage you to not give up and keep chasing your dream.
These are not the only successful people who faced countless failures in their lives. However, sheer determination and belief in what they were doing got them to where they are today. These 5 short, inspiring stories will motivate you to be successful.
Short inspiring stories
1. Henry Ford
Henry Ford is best known for the Ford motor company, arguably one of the most successful automotive brands of all time. However, one thing most people don’t know is the fact that Henry Ford failed several times before eventually achieving success. In fact, his failures resulted in bankruptcy. As you’ve gathered by now Mr. Ford is no stranger to failure. However, he did not give up. Eventually, Ford revolutionized the automobile industry. And I’m sure you know the rest of the story. From that point he sold millions of units.
Best Quote: ‘If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.’
2. JK Rowling
JK Rowling’s story is one of the most inspirational short inspiring stories of all time. She was a single mother living off welfare when she began writing the first book in the Harry Potter series. She saw herself as a failure, being divorced and jobless. In 1995 every major publisher that she approached rejected her script. A year later a small publisher, Bloomsbury, accepted her Harry Potter script. In 1998 the book won awards, after that it has been a roller coaster ride for JK Rowling. Today she is renowned internationally and is the first billionaire author in 2004 (US currency).
Best Quote: ‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.’
3. Jay Z
Jay Z came from a tough background, living in Brooklyn he had big ambitions to become a successful rapper. Unfortunately, the rest of the world didn’t seem to agree with him. He failed a countless number of times when he attempted to get signed by a label. Eventually, Jay Z decided the best option was to establish his own record label company. Today he has an estimated net worth of $500 million. Oh, and he’s married to Beyoncé.
Best Quote: ‘Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.’
4. Bill Gates
That’s right, the richest person in the world failed at business first. Bill Gates first venture, (a device that could read traffic tapes and process the information) Traf-O-Data, was a complete failure. However, as you guessed, he didn’t give up. From there he built what we know today as one of the world’s largest companies. His company went public in 1986, and by the following year, at age 31, he became a billionaire.
Best quote: ‘Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.’
5. Thomas Edison
We all know that name, the inventor who failed thousands of times before successfully producing the light bulb. As a child, Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he is ‘too stupid to learn anything’. On top of that, Thomas Edison failed his first two jobs, because he wasn’t ‘productive’ enough. Today, however, he is known as one of the world’s greatest inventors, with over 1000 US patents to his name.
Best quote: ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’