10 Famous People Who Just Refused To Give Up

There are people who fall down and stay there; there are some more people who fall down but get up, and then there are people who are smacked to the ground over and over again, who fall down and don’t just get up – but get up to change the world!

10. Michael Jordan


One of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game was actually once thrown off from his high school basketball team — the most heartbreaking and embarrassing experience for any teenager. Michael got his competitive spirit from a natural cause. Being born in a family of five brothers, he was brought up with high standard and great expectation. After the rejection, he followed his mother’s advice and went on to prove to his coach that he made a mistake. In his very own glorious words, Michael quotes, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

9. J.K. Rowling


Otherwise known and celebrated as the author of the Harry Potter series, Rowling actually had her first Harry Potter novel rejected 12 times and was advised: “not to quit her day job.” Taking the rejection in right spirit, she continued writing, listening to her heart and considering the early rejections to be badges of honour. The woman, who, before Harry Potter did not have enough money to treat her son’s illness donates to multiple charities today; Rowling succeeded because she failed.

8. Paulo Coelho


Another inspiring author in the list, the author of one of the most well-acclaimed book worldwide, “The Alchemist,” was actually told by a Brazilian publishing house which told him to give up. The rejection was actually unexpected and affected Coelho so much so left Rio de Janeiro with his wife and spent 40 days in the Mojave Desert. After those forty years of hardship, his heart told him to keep on struggling and to focus on the light that comes from the end of the tunnel. Convinced that it was a great book, he started knocking on doors – and you know what happened next!

7. Vincent Van Gogh


Son of a minister, Gogh started to work at 16 as a trainee with an art dealership in The Hague. After switching in between a lot of jobs, in 1878, he went to a district in Belgium and worked as a lay preacher. Eventually, however, after less than a year on the job the religious organisation, he realised his purpose and went on to become an artist. During his lifetime, Van sold just one painting, that too, to a friend at for very minimal amount. Today, after his death, as the legend has it though, his 800 art works bring in hundreds of millions.

6. Walt Disney


Disney is not just the man behind all your childhood obsessions; he is also the man who was fired from his newspaper job for a lack of good ideas. 1921 was when he found his animation company, having no other job – and thank goodness for that- but it quickly went bankrupt. He went through days which were as low as forcing him to fill his stomach with dog food because of the failure of the animation company. Not being a guy who would give up, Walt restarted his company several more times until he became what he is today!

5. The Beatles


What is considered to be one of the biggest music mistakes ever, The Beatles were turned down by almost every record label though they had local success playing cover songs in some clubs. Decca Records even declined to sign them because “The Beatles have no future in show business.” Taking their passion and love for what they did seriously, The Beatles were set to make a mark and strive until they succeed, quitting was no option; and oh boy didn’t they succeed?

4. Jim Carrey


One of the best, heartwarming success stories remains of this comic guy also spotted on some of the best memes ever. Jim who got some of the highest-grossing comedies of all time such as Dumb and Dumber actually struggled a long way to get where he is. He grew up in a lower-income family, a family so poor that he had to drop out of high school at the age of 15 and work as a janitor to put food on the dinner table. Jim was even booed off the stage while performing for his first comedy show on stage; only to land to and become what he is today. A believer of the Law of Manifestation, he often talks about the incident when he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 million dollars for “Acting Services Rendered,” and forgetting about it 7 years until he received a $10,000,000 million dollar payment for his work in Dumb and Dumber.

3. Narendra Modi


Starting as a mere tea-vendor, it took a lot for India’s Prime Minister to run the country today. Just when he took over Gujarat as a Chief Minister, his success was met with a lot of opposition and setbacks from all sides; the biggest being his lack of experience. Defying all stereotypes though, he stood high up to what he believed in, all to become one of the most influential men of all times!

2. Henry Ford


Quitting a very comfortable job and life, Henry started his own firm with $150,000 of investor money; and as it happens with a lot of big shots, he too went bankrupt. The difference between other and him was, perhaps, his determination which was realised by the investors still who didn’t lose hope in him and invested in the Henry Ford Company in 1901. Not standing too well to the faith that one time, the company went bankrupt again. Fighting back, third time lucky, he established the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and just in five years; the company worked its way up to be what it is to date!

1. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam


A well celebrated and the most humble Indian scientist, also the 11th President of India, Kalam fought mighty odds in his path to become the most loved President and human in the history of India. Born in a Tamil Muslim family, his father was a boat owner and his mother Ashiamma was a housewife. Kalam started working at an early age as a newspaper vendor to supplement his family’s income after school. Despite his average scores in the school, his hard work proved that a mark sheet doesn’t really count if you have the spark in you. Fast forward from winning over a lot of odds thrown his way in school, Dr. Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist and went on to head the organisation. The rest, as they say, is history to cherish!