Sometimes it can be difficult to know if the success that you crave will ever come true. There are struggles, setbacks and frustration seemingly waiting around every corner. Before you let the negative thoughts fester, however, take a look at these inspiration success stories that overcame adversity.
From local talent to the world stage
When it comes to the world of music, anyone that’s ever picked up an instrument has probably dreamt of recording a hit single or travelling the globe playing to thousands of adoring fans. Then reality comes back into focus and the difficulty of making it in the music industry seems so daunting.
However, there have been plenty of instances of bands that have mixed hard work and talent to achieve success. Elvis Presley was told that he would be better off going back to truck driving at the start of his career, Lady Gaga was dropped by her first record label after just three months, and the Dave Matthews Band required new management from Coran Capshaw to take them from weekly gigs in Charlottesville to world stars. Everyone suffers setbacks and struggles, but it’s how you respond to them that will determine your future success.
From bright idea to entrepreneurial success
Entrepreneurs usually have inspiring stories, but some are truly extraordinary. Richard Branson had less than $400 to his name when he started his own magazine, followed it up with his own record label and gradually grew his business empire into the hugely successful Virgin brand that is now known the world over.
Similarly, WhatsApp founder, Jan Koum, arrived in the US with his mother aged 16, travelling from a village just outside Kiev, Ukraine. He used to sweep the floors of a local grocery store to get by. Later, he developed an interest in programming, and the rest, as they say, is history. Koum eventually sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion.
Write for you, and you alone
They say that everyone’s a critic and it can be difficult to get those negative voices out of your head. No matter how many positive responses you get, you always remember the naysayers. The good news is that a critical opinion is just that: simply, one person’s opinion. Over the years, critics have rejected a number of individuals that have gone on to have huge success – particularly in the world of writing.
J.K. Rowing, the world-renowned author of the cultural phenomenon that is the Harry Potter series, was rejected by no fewer than 12 publishing houses before her first novel was finally accepted. This demonstrates that if you believe enough in your work, no amount of negative criticism and rejection should stop you. Perseverance is one of the cornerstones of any successful venture.
It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, success must be worked at. It can be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel, particularly when you are fighting against naysayers and more established competitors. However, by using past writers, musicians and entrepreneurs as your inspiration, there’s no reason you can’t achieve all of your dreams.