13 Great Entrepreneurs Who Didn’t Stop Trying Till They Succeeded

  1. Mark Cuban

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    Probably the funniest failure on this list, the Dallas Mavericks owner failed as a waiter because he couldn’t open wine bottles. He also failed as a cook and carpenter.  In the end though, these experiences helped to build his resilience and never say quit attitude.

  2. Sochiro Honda

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    oddly enough it was his failure to secure a job at his now major rival Toyota that led Honda to start building his own scooters. With some support from his family he was able to turn his back yard business into one of the world’s biggest automakers.

  3. Evan Williams

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    This man is best known for co-founding Twitter, the social media site. Before flapping his way to success however, he owned Odeo, a podcast platform. Shortly after launch though, Apple came out with iTunes, rendering Odeo redundant.

  4. Akio Morita

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    Chances are you have at least one Sony product in your home, be it a TV, Walkman, or Playstation games console. But when Morita founded Sony, his first product was a spectacular flop – a rice cooker which burned the rice! The only similarity these days is that old stereo that chews up your old cassette tapes.

  5. Frank Winfield Woolworth

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    In his early career working in a store, the manager wouldn’t allow the young Woolworth to interact much with the store’s customers due to what he perceived as a total absence of common sense. Woolworth though went on to make the template for what were then called ‘5 and 10 cent’ stores, a business model later copied by the early Walmart (ASDA in the UK) stores.

  6. Henry Ford

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    Before founding Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford was close to poverty after two failed ventures. But his production line innovations made him one of the three richest men in the world, and pretty much enabled you to drive today.

  7. Richard Branson

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    After poor academic performance at school, there was really only one way for this man to make his way in the world. Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, and the licensed Virgin Cable and Virgin Radio in the UK are all a result of Branson’s business savvy. But even the most successful men have failures. Do you remember Virgin Cola?

  8. Rowland Hussey Macy

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    If you’ve been to the USA, you’ve probably been on a shopping trip to Macy’s Department Store. However, it took 4 different stores over a 12 year period for Macy to get the formula right.

  9. Bill Gates

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    It’s often said that Bill Gates is the greatest university dropout ever, but before he started Microsoft, he founded Traf-O-Data, which was the flop that partially contributed to him leaving Harvard in the first place.

  10. Thomas Edison

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    At school Edison was told by his teacher to pursue a non-academic line of work, owing to what the teacher described as ‘stupidity.’ There’s nothing quite like 1000 patents to knock a teacher down a notch.

  11. Colonel Sanders

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    The ultimate late starter, he founded KFC at age 65. There was a reason he waited so long though – his famous recipe was turned down more than 1000 times by restaurateurs.

  12. Fred Smith

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    His idea for the FedEx overnight delivery service was originally submitted as coursework in a business management class. Smith nearly failed the class on the strength of it. Undeterred, Smith went ahead and built FedEx from the ground up.

  13. Walt Disney

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    One editor at a studio where Disney once worked fired him for being a hack with no imagination of his own. He later filed for bankruptcy trying to start his own animation firm. It was only Mickey Mouse et al who rescued Disney.

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