The Failure Hall of Fame

If you've ever suffered a career misstep, you're in good company

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1919

Walt Disney is fired from his newspaper job for "lacking imagination."

 

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1926

Lucille Ball is told by her acting coach that she’s “wasting her time and ours.”

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1936

John F. Kennedy runs for president of the freshman class at Harvard—and loses.

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1960s

Steven Spielberg is rejected by the film school at the University of Southern California.

 

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1962

The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records.

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1968

Vera Wang doesn't make the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.

 

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1973

Hillary Clinton fails the D.C. bar exam.

 

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1975

Anna Wintour is fired from Harper's Bazaar because her shoots are too edgy.

 

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1977

Oprah Winfrey is fired from her news-hosting job for getting too emotionally invested in her stories.

 

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1980

Bill Clinton loses re-election as governor of Arkansas.

 

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1981

Michael Bloomberg is fired by investment bank Salomon Brothers.

 

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1985

Steve Jobs is fired from the Macintosh division of Apple.

 

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1996

J.K. Rowling is turned down 12 times for her Harry Potter manuscript. 

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1990s

Sara Blakely (future founder of Spanx) bombs her LSATs—twice.

 

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First published in the December 2013/January 2014 issue

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