The bagless vacuum cleaner mogul Sir James Dyson created 5,127 failed vacuum prototypes before achieving success. After being turned down by distributors and manufacturers several years after he successfully completed the final prototype, Dyson formed his own company to market the product.
“There are countless times an inventor can give up on an idea. By the time I made my 15th prototype, my third child was born. By 2,627, my wife and I were really counting our pennies. By 3,727, my wife was giving art lessons for some extra cash. These were tough times, but each failure brought me closer to solving the problem,” Dyson said.
This invention changed hygiene and inspired thousands of replicas.
J.K. Rowling was a single mom living on welfare when she began writing the first Harry Potter novel at the local laundromat. She sold the book's first edition for $4,000. Today, Rowling is the first billionaire novelist.
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default,” she said.
Rowling created an entire ‘world’ through her literary platform and inspired millions to love and appreciate reading.
Everyone faces hardship. Great leaders overcome hardships and improve themselves in the process. Please share these stories about aspiring entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, inventors, authors and musicians with your students. They must look at their weakest moments as opportunities rather than limitations. Every obstacle and failure is just another step toward one's ultimate destination—personal fulfillment.
Continued blessings to you and your families during this holiday season,