Famous People Who Failed Hard Before They Succeeded

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s an old adage, but it really is true. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to face failure if you want to be successful. All of the wildly successful celebrities on this list have dealt with failure at some point in their careers.

If you’re dealing with rejection right now, take a hit of inspiration from these people who’ve gone through it all and lived to tell the tale.

Stephen King

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Stephen King is one of the most successful authors of all time. He’s sold millions of copies of his books, and some of his most famous stories have been turned into wildly popular movies. It took him a while to find his footing in the literary industry, though.

A 14-year-old King started nailing rejection letters to his wall. His manuscripts were rejected so often that pretty soon, a nail supporting his rejection letters on the wall could no longer bear their weight. Eventually, he replaced the nail with a spike and continued to hang his rejection letters.