Dirty Pasts of the Successful Present

Google is an inspiring story all present and future entrepreneurs. But it had been rejected by a many angel investors like Yahoo , before being finally identified as a success.

The spread of Angry Birds envies every game makers in the industry and such success only happens in the dreams – they say.  The incredibly popular game was actually Rovio’s – 52nd attempt and an effort of almost 8 years before they tasted success.

Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing websites in history, but struggled for a long time. Pinterest’s CEO recently said that it had “catastrophically small numbers” in its first year after launch and that if he had listened to popular startup advice he probably would have quit.

When looking at such tremendously successful brands we often imagine extreme genius and a smooth lifestyle. But the sweet success comes with the bitter failures first.Take up any success story , take a close look and be sure to find crushing defeats , de motivation , near death experiences and countless setbacks.

The ubiquitous WD-40 lubricant got its name because the first 39 experiments failed. WD-40 literally stands for “Water Displacement–40th Attempt.” If they gave up early on like most of us do, we’d sure have a lot more squeaky hinges in the world.

Before Mittal was Mittal , Oprah was Oprah and Job was Job , they were regarded as day-dreamers and time wasters with impossible thoughts and incorrigible personality. But even with the setbacks, the captains of the industry forged forward to their  promise land.

For me , a true businessman is a person who sets up a business, loose it all and then again a setup from scratch. There are many in the industry who have fallen down to defeat , but again raised from ashes. Some worth mentioning are Kumarmangalam  Birla) Adity Birla Group), Kishore Biyani ( Future Group) and Tusli Tanti (Suzlon Energy).

In your life, you’ve probably had a setback or two. When you stumble, it’s tempting the throw in the towel and accept defeat. There’s always an attractive excuse waiting eagerly, hoping you’ll take the easy way out. Just try to  realize that mistakes are simply data, providing new information to adjust your approach going forward.

The secret of life is to be happy and not to embrace failures, but only improvise on issues leading to failure.


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