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10 Wildly Successful People Explain Why You Should Never Be Afraid Of Rejection

10 Wildly Successful People Explain Why You Should Never Be Afraid Of Rejection

No one likes rejection – especially not the idea of outright failure. If you are worried about either of these negative concepts, don’t fret. Some of the most successful people in the world, and throughout history in general, have experienced a series of rejections that made it seem like they would never get to where they are today. Don’t believe me? Here are ten people who might disagree with you:

1. Oprah Winfrey

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    The queen bee of television herself has nothing less than a heartbreaking past. Oprah started out being molested by several members of her own family and trapped in a dysfunctional and abusive nightmare that would challenge anyone. Her young life was a heartbreaking and serious one, especially considering that she had to endure losing her own child. Oprah gave birth at 14 years old and the child unfortunately did not live for long. Despite her more than rough beginnings, Oprah has worked her way to a net worth of 2.9 billion USD and is a beacon of hope to all those in need.

    2. Walt Disney

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      The king of animation and the original Mousekateer did not have a smooth ride to the top. In fact, he started out his career by being fired from a newspaper for “not being creative enough.” Let that sink in for a moment. His initial Mickey Mouse cartoons were also rejected for being too scary for women (no stools or tables around to jump on, I guess). The point stands – if Walt had listened to his naysayers and had given up, the movies of our childhoods, the animation industry, and the arts as a whole would have a serious hole left in them.

      3. Stephen King

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        The author of horror galore is one of the most prolific and profitable writers of our time. Millions of books sold and many of them turned into motion pictures – King is living a writer’s dream. Stephen King actually got his start having his first novel turned down thirty times, enough that he chucked it in the trash. Fortunately for him, and for fans of his worldwide, his wife encouraged him to pick it back up and keep working on it. With her encouragement, King would go on to produce his very first work in a long line, Carrie.

        4. Theodore Giesel aka Dr. Seuss

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          Another prolific writer and artist, Theodore Giesel got as much of a rocky start as Stephen King did. His attempts to write a novel that publishing companies would find enticing failed a total of 27 times, with each one calling his novel “pure rubbish.” Giesel refused to quit, thankfully. It was by chance that he ran into an old friend that had taken over as a children’s literature editor who agreed to publish his work. The now famous “Dr. Seuss” refused to give up, and probably had a good laugh after his first book saw major success – he always was a bit of a rebel.

          5. Albert Einstein

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            Before we get too ahead of ourselves: no, him failing algrebra was just a myth. However, the certified genius did get a lot of flack in school for not speaking to anyone until he was four years old and asking abstract questions that made no sense to his teachers or his peers. In short, they assumed that he was lazy and had no interest in understanding the material. Now, the situation has been flipped with his theory of relativity being a sticking point in science. His work helped advance several fields and Einstein is now not only a scientific legend but a nickname for someone who is very smart.

            6. Steve Jobs

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              Now, here is a familiar name that many of you will applaud. Steve Jobs, a known innovator, got his start by being fired from an early job for trying to think outside of the box. Instead of giving up, Steve went full force with his ideas, creating the Apple line of computers and machinery and even helping give birth to the animation giant Pixar, working closely with founder John Lasseter on the very first 3D graphic picture Toy Story. Steve Jobs turned a profit on every single endeavor that he ever put his mind to, creating a culture of artists and innovators that wanted to follow in his footsteps.

              7. Michael Jordan

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                Everyone who has seen Space Jam remembers the scene of a young Michael Jordan outlining his dreams to his father while throwing a basketball. Ignoring the whole Looney Tunes bit, that scene is exceptionally accurate to how Michael wanted his life to go. Unfortunately, and try your best to picture this, he got turned down frequently because prospective coaches found that he was just too short for basketball. Even using his wits to get to a basketball camp got him nowhere except further disheartened. Instead of giving up, he decided to prove those who didn’t believe in him wrong. Looking back at his career as an NBA hall-of-famer, it’s easy to see that he succeeded.

                8. Benjamin Franklin

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                  You might not expect one of the USA founding fathers to be on this list, but Ben Franklin really is the spirit of what some ingenuity and hard work can do. His family could not finance his education past an elementary level, but a young Ben did not let that deter him. Instead, he spent his time pouring over as many books as he could get his hands on. The knowledge-hungry young man would eventually turn into an accomplished inventor, politician, and founding-father of America – you can’t ask for much more.

                  9. Henry Ford

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                    The innovator, inventor, and big name in the automotive industry didn’t start out with a smooth journey. Well known for starting the Ford Motor Company and creating the innovative automotive assembly line, Ford actually lost more businesses than he could keep up initially. His failed companies left him broke a total of five times before he finally got the Ford Motor Company up and running. That’s some determination right there.

                    10. Winston Churchill

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                      The sharp, quick-witted figure is a stoic man in history – but he didn’t get there without plenty of setbacks. In school, he saw many failures, including failing out of the sixth grade. Now recognized as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and powerful Prime Minister of the UK, Churchill actually lost a plethora of elections in his career. He wouldn’t become Prime Minister until he was 62 years old. You have to give the old guy some credit though, he was as wiley as ever, no matter how old he got, and is now regarded highly worldwide.

                      For those out there who are feeling disheartened, just remember that all of these people had to pay some serious dues and overcome quite a few trials before they found success. The key always seems to be, as Walt Disney put it, to “keep moving forward.”

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                      41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                      41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                      Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

                      Love is one of those things.

                      True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

                      True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

                      supportive couple

                        A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                        strong hug

                          A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                          running help

                            A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                            feeding kitten

                              A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                              It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                              mom and daughter selfie

                                A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                                girlfriends

                                  Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                                  selfies

                                    A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                                    selfie

                                      Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                                      dude selfie

                                        Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                        It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                          A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                            A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                            It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                            photobomb

                                              A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                              old man photobomb

                                                A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                                family photobomb

                                                  Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                                  boyfriend photobomb

                                                    A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                                    True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                                    shoulder to cry on

                                                      A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                      flood dog

                                                        During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                        A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                          A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                          lunch

                                                            A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                            hug

                                                              A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                              rubble

                                                                An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                                sister and brother

                                                                  A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                                  headstone

                                                                    A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                                    It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                                      A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                                      national guard goodbye

                                                                        A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                        saying goodbye

                                                                          A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                          And cherishing reunions

                                                                          husband home

                                                                            A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                            boyfriend home

                                                                              A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                              mother hug

                                                                                A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                                elderly women

                                                                                  Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                                  feeling young

                                                                                    A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                                    sprinkler dad

                                                                                      A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                                      subway couple

                                                                                        A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                        wheelchairs

                                                                                          A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                          It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                          silly faces

                                                                                            A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                            vote for pedro

                                                                                              A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                              True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                              date night

                                                                                                A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                                playing violin

                                                                                                  Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                                  True love is timeless

                                                                                                  old friends

                                                                                                    Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                                    sitting around a fire

                                                                                                      A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                                      elderly couple

                                                                                                        An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

                                                                                                        Featured photo credit: Matteo Paciotti via flickr.com

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