If you don’t fail once in your life, it is likely that you haven’t chased your goals and you’ve spent most of your life in fear. Failing is an ESSENTIAL part of succeeding, as long as you learn from your mistakes. If you are currently failing at something you love, let these inspirational stories from the most successful people on the planet motivate you to keep going!

If you ever feel like you’re not good enough, you can be sure that these celebrities once felt the same way. If you keep trying and don’t give up, you too will become successful!


1.) Chris Pratt was homeless

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Chris Pratt was homeless and living in a van in Maui when he was just 19-years-old. A whole 20 years later, he returned to Hawaii and was paid a HUGE $10 million to film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This shows his determination, it took him 20 YEARS to succeed but he didn’t give up once. Even at his lowest when he worked as a waiter and had to eat customer’s leftover food or starve.


2.) Lisa Kudrow was fired at rehearsals


Lisa Kudrow was originally cast on Frasier but was fired two days into rehearsals! Imagine how heartbreaking that would be, she finally caught her big break but was turned away. But her fate was set to change, a year later she was cast as Phoebe on Friends!


3.) Chrissy Metz only had 81 cents in her bank account


When Chrissy Metz landed her part on This Is Us, she only had 81 cents to her name. She was practically bankrupt! Thankfully she had enough gas in her car to get to the audition or her luck really might have changed…


4.) Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog for food

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Sylvester Stallone got so poor that he sold his much-loved dog for $40 so that he could buy food. Years later he eventually sold the script for Rocky which won two Oscar nominations. Thankfully, the story has a happy ending, after becoming successful he bought the dog back and said, “The owner knew I was desperate, and he charged me $15,000. He was worth every penny!”


5.) Vera Wang wanted to be a figure skater but didn’t make the Olympic team


After she didn’t make her dream of being a figure skater, she decided to pursue her other passion which was fashion! She eventually started her hugely successful company after working as an editor for Vogue and a designer for Ralph Lauren.


6.) Oprah Winfrey was told that she was “unfit for television news”

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Oprah was fired from a co-anchor position when she was 23 years old and was basically told that she wasn’t suitable for TV. She then went onto host her own show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Which then went on to become “the highest-rated TV program of its kind in history.” Oprah is an inspirational legend who deserves all of her success!


7.) Stephen King’s first novel was rejected over 30 times

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Stephen King’s novel, Carrie, was rejected so many times that he actually gave up and threw it in the bin. His wife saw it in the garbage and convinced him to keep trying. It eventually got published and he now the most successful horror writer of all time!


8.) Lady Gaga was dropped from Def Jam Records


Lady Gaga thought that she had her big break when she was signed to Def Jam Records. However, it wasn’t meant to be as 3 months later they dropped her as it, “just wasn’t for them”. As I’m sure you all know, she has been hugely successful since, winning SIX Grammy awards.


9.) Vincent van Gogh only sold ONE painting while he was alive

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This one is actually quite sad as Van Gogh never got to see his huge success, as he didn’t become popular until after his death. He had over 900 paintings and the only one that sold while he was alive was Red Vineyard at Arles.


10.) Jim Carry auditioned for Saturday Night Live twice but didn’t make it

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He has now gone on to host the show three times! As a teenager, Jim Carrey grew up homeless after his dad lost his job and they all had to live in a van. Jim got a job as a janitor which he described as, “spend eight hours scraping pubic hairs off the urinals.”


11.) J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times

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J.K. Rowling was on government welfare when her first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 different publishers. Now, she’s the world’s first BILLION-dollar author. Rowling claimed to be “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless.” Well, she definitely isn’t anymore!


12.) R. H. Macy opened four stores which all failed

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He finally moved to New York and opened what’s now known as Macy’s and I think we will all agree that it’s extremely popular being one of the largest department stores in the world.


13.) Lauryn Hill got booed by the audience

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Lauryn Hill performed at the Appollo when she was 13 years old and actually got booed by the audience which is rude anyway, let alone to a 13-year-old! Ten years later and she’s won seven Grammy awards!


14.) Emily Dickinson only got 10 of her 1,800 poems published in her lifetime

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Emily Dickinson’s work is so widely known, it’s shocking to discover that only 10 of her poems were published during her lifetime! Since then, all of her poems have been published.


15.) Gal Gadot nearly quit before she got her Wonder Woman role

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Gal Gadot got so tired of rejection that she came “as close as it gets to quitting”. Then she finally landed the title role of Wonder Woman! Don’t give up on your dreams, folks!


16.) Katharine Hepburn was considered “box office poison”


After a string of commercial mishaps, Katharine bought out her contract with the studio and bought the rights to The Philadelphia Story. She has since won three Oscars! Your career might hit an all-time low but don’t give up!


17.) Halle Berry lived in a homeless shelter

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After moving to New York when she was 18, Halle Berry ended up living in a homeless shelter. Years later and she’s become the only black woman to win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress. What an inspiration!


18.) Geena Davis was just a cast member on Saturday Night Live

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Four years after being passed on Saturday Night Live, she has won an Oscar! She has definitely achieved her dream of becoming a movie star!


19.) Walt Disney was fired from his animation job

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Walt Disney was fired from his first animation job because he, “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” This is literally the funniest and most IRONIC thing that you could say to the man that created DISNEY. They have since won 22 Oscars.


20.) Steven Spielberg was rejected from cinematic arts twice

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Steve has since won three Oscars and his movies have made a gross profit of nearly $4.7 BILLION. I don’t think he will worry about those rejections now! Don’t let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.

So, there you have it. You have NO EXCUSES. If you want to succeed, keep trying. If you fail, that’s a good thing because it means you are one step closer to achieving the life you want.