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Success; born from failure and grown in struggle

We are all familiar with the good old saying "when you get pushed down, get back up again. And again"

During these unprecedented times, we would like to remind you there is always hope and opportunity. This mindset should be imperative to your everyday challenges and outlook. The current state of the world has challenged us all personally and professionally. Change is inevitable, and the only logical response is to adapt to stay relevant and "ESSENTIAL".

To get you inspired to keep hope, here are a collection of success stories born with challenges.


Mr Disney; fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he "lacked imagination and failed to contribute 'good' ideas. Walt then formed his first animation company in Kansas City in 1921 in which he would wait six months to get paid, leading to business failure and had to dissolve the company after living on dog food.

He is now known for his 59 academy award nominations and the greatest animator of his time, leaving his mark on history forever.


Oprah; African-American, female and born into working-class poverty to her 14-year-old mother. She couldn't have been more of a minority of her time.

Oprah was determined and landed her first job in journalism which abruptly ended after the producer declared she was "unfit for television."

Oprah is now known as one of the wealthiest and successful women in the world.


The author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series has had anything but a smooth ride. By the time she had finished the first of the Harry Potter books, she was divorced, on welfare and with a child to support.

Furthermore, it took 12 publisher rejections before Bloomsbury accepted a year later.

Ms Rowling now has a net worth of 1 billion and known as one of the best selling Authors of all time.


Bill Gates struggled to find his niche early on. He started his first business with two partners that created reports for roadway engineers from raw traffic data. When they tried to present the capability of the machine to one of their biggest potential customers, it failed. Using the lessons, he learned from the traffic data company lead him to found one of the world's biggest companies.


Your business right now may be struggling; you may have lost all sources of income. But there is hope and if you are hungry enough to succeed than your prerequisites for success is hurdles that will help you build strength, resilience and intestinal fortitude. Then when you do achieve the success you've been seeking, it will be all the more enjoyable.

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