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Last updated: 03 August 2021

10 Entrepreneurs Who Failed Before They Succeeded

The value of success is best known to people who have failed. Take a look at the stories of the most successful people today, and you will find that they have been through failures in their life or business. As rightly said by Henry Ford, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

Entrepreneurs who have made it big in the business world today can tell you all about their failures that have acted as stepping stones to success. It is easy for us to read success stories of famous entrepreneurs and think that they’ve earned it all overnight. But, if you truly want to be inspired, you must read about the pitfalls they’ve faced to get to where they are today. It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how you get back up each time you fall.

Market Inspector has put together an infographic compiling the failure stories of 10 successful entrepreneurs. The list includes famous names like Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and others. Whether it’s getting fired from a job, losing all the money in a business, or getting rejected multiple times, failures can only teach you to get better the next time. These people who were once a nobody, have now risen to be role models for many aspiring entrepreneurs. They pushed through the boundaries, fought against the walls, and persevered.

So let’s take a look at these 10 entrepreneur fails and get inspired to fight against all odds and become successful. 

10 Entrepreneurs who failed first

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Valli Vishnubhotla
Written by Valli Vishnubhotla, Digital PR Manager

Valli is the Digital PR & SEO Manager at Market Inspector. She has an educational background in business management and marketing. She is a passionate digital marketer and enjoys building her skills within SEO, online marketing and PR. She holds over 5 years of experience in creating content, B2B marketing, link building and digital networking. Her focus lies in the areas of business, marketing, green energy and sustainability, to name a few. Her work has been published in various media such as Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Creativebloq, Designtaxi, and more.