Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak (and he failed algebra!).
Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered "unpromising."
Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless."
When Thomas Edison was a youngster, his teacher told him he was too stupid to
learn anything. He was counseled to go into a field where he might succeed by
virtue of his pleasant personality.
F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21, but his employer
would not permit him to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense
to close a sale."
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Bob Cousy suffered the same fate.
A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he "lacked imagination and had no
Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and had to repeat it because he did
not complete the tests that were required for promotion.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,300 times -- a major league record.
A person may make mistakes, but isn't a failure until he (or she) starts
blaming someone else. We must believe in ourselves, and somewhere along
the road of life, we must meet someone who sees greatness in us, expects
it from us, and lets us know it. It is the golden key to success.