41 Successful People Who Failed Miserably Before Making It Big

By Trista

When is the last time you beat yourself up for failing at something? Failure is a part of life, as plenty of successful people have found. In fact, some of the most successful people in history failed miserably before finding success. Read on to learn about some of the most epic failures in history.


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Starbucks almost didn’t make it out of Seattle.

1. Howard Schultz Was Turned Down By 217 Investors

The business magnate who began the incredibly successful Starbucks coffee chain almost was confined to the one small coffee shop that he opened in Seattle. The Seattle coffee shop was an instant success, but the parent company behind his venture didn’t want the business to get too big. So Schultz decided to buy out the Starbucks company.

Doing so would require an immense amount of capital, but Schultz was turned down by 217 investors who didn’t believe that his plan would work. In his words, “You have to have a tremendous belief in what you’re doing and just persevere.” The Starbucks empire led to a series of coffee chains and coffee shop culture the world over.