SOME NOTABLE TIMES A FAILURE HAS ACTUALLY TURNED INTO SUCCESS
Sometimes you screw it up, but it's all part of something bigger. Learning moments, people. 💥 Thanks @stamos for requesting this list! Please add a suggestion if you have some good ones
- •Post-it NotesSpencer Silver failed at developing a super-strong adhesive for 3M and instead he made weak slightly tacky goo. A colleague Art Fry came up with putting some of the weak adhesive on a bookmark, and the Post-It was born. I'm pretty sure Google and most writer's rooms are powered by post-it's, so there ya go.
- •Walt DisneyDisney was fired by a newspaper editor because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas" and now his empire rules and we have "Let It Go" stuck in our heads, so you're welcome.
- •Vera WangDidn't start designing Wedding dresses until she was 40. That was after failing to make the Olympic Figure skating team (whaaat) and also working at Vogue and being passed over for the Editor-in-Chief position. I'd say she bounced back.
- •Dr. SeussHad his first book rejected by 27 publishers.
- •PenicillinThe short version is Sir Alexander Fleming was sloppy in his lab, and almost threw one of medicine's great discoveries away. Fortunately he didn't. I don't know if this counts as failure but justifies leaving dishes in the sink occasionally.