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They never gave up

punjab Updated: Jun 06, 2013 09:23 IST
Harjot Singh Sidhu
Harjot Singh Sidhu
Hindustan Times
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People are so desperate to become successful these days that the mere mention of the word failure puts them on the edge. That's because very few learn from failure and most fear criticism. Failure should be seen as an opportunity to improve and work harder towards the goal.


Failure precedes success. Behind every success story is the choice not to give up despite adversity. Here are stories of four successful people who would have been labelled failures had it not been for their choice to keep at it.

The first story is about an inventor whose wife left him after she got fed up with his experiments. His friend deserted him too. He lost his father at the age of 17 and mother at 21. His invention was rejected by 20 companies before a company called Haloids accepted it. Today, it's called Xerox. The inventor, Chester Carlson, had invented an electrostatic photocopy machine that is a source of income for many today.

The second story is about a Japanese boy whose father was a blacksmith and mother a weaver. He was rejected by a company when he applied for a job. He went on to manufacture motorcycles at home and later established an automobile empire called Honda Motor Company. Soichiro Honda's car model Honda Accord surpassed all sales records in the US in the '80s.

The third story is about a boy who gave up his studies because the income of his parents could not support his education. His biological parents left him for an auction adoption. He started a company in his garage with a friend and his company grew into a success story called Apple. Today, everyone wants to own an Apple gadget but they forget to learn a lesson from the life of the man who made it possible. He was Steve Jobs.

The fourth story is about a farmer's son who dropped out of school after the sixth grade and went on to become an army mule tender, a locomotive fireman, an insurance salesman and finally a political candidate. Well, that was before Colonel Harland David Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said, "Failure is to learn and to give up is failure in itself." "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

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