Everyone has their story, and every story has a lesson for those who want to find one. Here are some life lessons you can learn from the well-known people. We bet you didn’t expect this.
There is a lesson in every failure. Learn that lesson well.
Believe it or not, Bill Gates, once proclaimed the youngest billionaire ever at the age of 31, did not make it immediately. He and his partner Paul Allen had a company called Traf-O-Data that sold a device that read and processed the date from traffic tapes. However, it didn’t work. Following the failure of this company, they decided to learn from their mistakes, to upgrade the product they were selling and the rest is history.
2. Don’t get insulted by criticism, use it to improve yourself
When Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, first auditioned for The American Negro Theater he was rejected. In fact, this is what the director said.
“Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”
Instead of getting insulted and storming out, he decided to get a cleaning job. He worked as a janitor at the theater but asked for acting lessons in exchange and became one of the best actors.
Have faith in people you love and let them help you through tough times
Stephen King‘s career would have looked a lot different were it not for his wife Tabby. When he started working on a story about a girl with special powers, he only had an outline and three pages written from the beginning. Then he suddenly decided that it was worthless and threw it away. But then, his wife Tabby fished it out of the garbage and told him he should write more about it. The manuscript was rejected, but she encouraged him to go on with it. Then it was rejected even 30 more times before landing a contract. That book was Carrie, an international bestseller which sold over a million copies in the first year and launched King’s successful writing career.
If no business will have you, start your own
Jay-Z is one of the biggest music stars today. But it didn’t start out that way. He grew up in Brooklyn surrounded by famous rappers. As he was talented, he managed to release some videos through single-only deals. However, nobody would sign him. They claimed he was too old or not “hard” enough. STherefore, he, with the help of his friend, decided to start his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records. His net worth is half a billion dollars today.
Don’t rest on your laurels
Walt Disney himself had many troubles finding success. As you probably know, he was once fired from a newspaper job, but he also had several attempts at glory apart from his own empire. He actually found success with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, but he lost it after a monetary dispute with the studio.
If you want real success don’t give up because of your age. If you keep trying you can still make it
Vera Wang always wanted to make it big, but making beautiful bridal wear was not her first attempt. She was a professional skater until the age of 19 when she failed to make it to the U.S. Olympic team. Then she pursued the career in writing, even becoming a Senior Editor at Vogue. However, she couldn’t become Editor-in-Chief, so she left that position as well. Afterward, she went to Ralph Lauren where she received a design position, and that led to her billion-dollar empire before the age of 40 she couldn’t even imagine.
Never forget who you are
When you think of Steve Buscemi, you don’t really imagine a firefighting hero. But that is exactly who he was before starting his career as an actor. He previously worked as a firefighter in New York City. Immediately after the 9/11, he returned to FDNY Engine 55 and worked for 12 hours a day during the week. While this story is now relatively well known, it was not a publicity stunt. In fact, Buscemi never spoke of it publicly and still refuses to discuss the story in his interviews, proving that he is as humble as he is talented.