They Failed Before They Succeeded


Thomas Edison


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Even though he’s one of the most famous American inventors, Thomas Alva Edison faced a lot of criticism. Edison developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. This is what they will tell you at school. But did you know that he experimented 9000 times before successfully making his first bulb work as he imagined? In all, he was awarded 1,093 U.S. patents across a wide variety of technologies. To sum it up, his patents can be divided into eight categories:

•  Electric light & power  (425 patents)
•  Phonographs and recorded sound (200 patents)
•  Telegraphy and telephony (185 patents)
•  Batteries (145 patents)
•  Mining and iron ore milling (50 patents)
•  Cement (40 patents)
•  Miscellaneous (50 patents)
•  Motion pictures (10 patents)

If you include his foreign patents, that were successfully filed in other countries, he has a total of 2’332 patents !

Soichiro Honda


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  Sometimes rejection can turn out being bad for the ones who rejected you. Soichiro Honda is the perfect man to connect to this fact. After being rejected for a job at Toyota as an engineer, the young dreamer was left jobless and hopeless. With the help and support of his family, he founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Today, his company counts 4,110,000 vehicles  more than 190’000 employees. Today, these are Honda’s products:

  • Automobiles
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Luxury vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Scooters
  • Electric generators
  • Water pumps
  • Lawn and garden equipment
  • Tillers
  • Outboard motors
  • Robotics
  • Jet aircraft
  • Jet engines
  • Thin-film solar cells
  • Internavi

Harland David Sanders / Colonel Sanders


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Harland David Sanders, also known as Colonel Sanders, was an American businessman. Most people know him for his international fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken. His name and image are still symbols of the company. Age is just a number. If you don’t believe it,check out Colonel’s biography. He founded KFC when he was 65 years old. After working for several years in a restaurant, he had no money at the age of 65. What made him angry was when received his first social check of $105.

Sanders started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owners were happy with him, they would agree to his terms and sell his chicken for him. If not, he would move on and slept in his car while looking for his next business partners. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 times “no” before he heard his first “yes”. Today, his company counts revenue of $23 billion!

Selby Webb

Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField

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