Many of the greatest known rewards have come after many failed attempts.  This may be said about business, friendships, marriages, and almost all other aspects of life, and goes to show that it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we get back up and try again that counts.

Note: For great reward, the risks we take require careful calculated and must come with a sound plan for how we’ll succeed and the support of the people in our lives. 

The video below is one of the most intensely awesome examples of this type of risk.  We may not all be up for jumping a vehicle 101 meters, or approximately 331 feet, but we all have something we risk every day in order to gain some sort of reward. Check out the video below (from GoPro, found on Filehippo) and feel free to read the stories that follow.

World’s Longest Jump Attempt

Check out the awesome collection of stories below providing proof that failure is nothing more than a mindset, and, in life, without risking much there is rarely much reward (headings are original, stories and images derived from Business Insider).

Edison, You’re “Too Stupid to Learn”

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

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Edison went on to hold more than 1,000 patents and invented some world-changing devices, like the phonograph, practical electrical lamp, and the movie camera.

Oprah, You’re Fired

Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore, where she said she faced sexism and harassment.

Oprah Winfrey

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But Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows before amassing a media empire. Today she is worth an estimated $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

You “Lack Imagination”, Disney!

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Walt Disney

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Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie “Snow White.” Today, most childhoods wouldn’t be the same without his ideas.

We regret to inform you, Mr. Spielberg

Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times.

Steven Spielberg

He went on to create the first summer blockbuster with “Jaws” in 1975, and has won three Academy Awards.

Quit while you’re ahead, Macy

R.H. Macy had a series of failed retail ventures throughout his early career.

RH Macy

But at the age of 36, Macy launched R.H. Macy & Co., which grew to become Macy’s, one of the largest department store chains in the world.

Mr. Honda, Japan will never make a good car

Soichiro Honda’s unique vision got him ostracized by the Japanese business community.

Soichiro Honda


Honda was a mechanical genius who idolized Edison and rebelled against the norm. His passion for aggressive individualism was more fit for the United States, and thus alienated him from Japanese businessmen, who valued teamwork above all else. Honda then boldly challenged the American automotive industry in the 1970s and led a Japanese automotive revolution.

Colonel, Maybe you should try Cheesburgers

Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a successful restaurant.

Colonel Harland David Sanders

He traveled across the U.S. looking for someone to sell his fried chicken, and after finally getting a business deal in Utah, Kentucky Fried Chicken was born. KFC is now one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, with over 18,000 locations.

You dropped out of Yale? Then how about the Vice Presidency?

After having trouble adjusting to the culture and his classes, Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale — and then returned, only to drop out for good.

Dick Cheney

George W. Bush once joked: “So now we know if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president.”

Isaac Newton!  Get out there and feed those chickens, right now young man!

Sir Isaac Newton’s mother pulled him out of school as a boy so that he could run the family farm. He failed miserably.

Isaac Newton

Realizing her son was not meant to till the land, she let Newton finish his basic education and was eventually persuaded to allow him to enroll in Cambridge University. Newton went on to become one of the greatest scientists of all time, revolutionizing physics and mathematics.

Skating doesn’t work, try fashion

Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position.

Vera Wang

She began designing wedding gowns at age 40 and today is one of the premier designers in the fashion industry, with a business worth over $1 billion.

Sidney, have you ever considered car sales?

When Sidney Poitier first auditioned for the American Negro Theatre, he flubbed his lines and spoke in a heavy Caribbean accent, which made the director angrily tell him to stop wasting his time.

Sidney Poitier

Poitier worked on his craft and eventually became a hugely successful Hollywood star. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor and helped break down the color barrier in the American film industry.

That Albert Einstein may never be good at anything.

As a child, Albert Einstein had some difficulty communicating and learning in a traditional manner.

Albert Einstein

Of course, Einstein’s communication and behavioral problems were not indicative of a lack of intelligence. He won the Nobel prize in physics for the discovery of the photoelectric effect, and his special theory of relativity theory corrected the deficiencies of Newtonian physics.

I’m telling you, Fred Astaire is too bald to make it in this business.

In one of Fred Astaire’s first screen tests, an executive wrote: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.”

Fred Astire

Astaire went on to become a Hollywood and Broadway legend.

Welfare only makes people lazy.  I mean look at that J.K. Rowling lady down the street.

J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel.

JK Rowling

Rowling is now internationally renowned for her seven-book Harry Potter series and, in U.S. currency, became the first billionaire author in 2004.

That Darwin kid has average grades and is always watching the birds fly around the neighborhood.

Charles Darwin was considered an average student. He gave up on a career in medicine and was going to school to become a parson.

Charles Darwin

But as Darwin studied nature, he found his true calling and traveled the world to uncover nature’s mysteries. His writings, especially “On the Origin of the Species,” fundamentally changed the world of science by spreading the discovery of evolution.

Does anyone really like this guy’s art?  I think his name is Vinny, or Vince, or something like that.

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, “The Red Vineyard,” in his life, and the sale was just months before his death.

Vincent Van Gogh

If he had given up his artistic career after it proved to strain his financial and emotional well-being, the art world would be missing hundreds of paintings from a true master.

What, we almost never had Indiana Jones!

After Harrison Ford’s first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he’d never succeed in the movie business.

Harrison Ford

Ford’s career went on to span six decades and has included timeless starring roles in blockbuster films like the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series.

Are you on drugs, Mr. Geisel?

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr. Seuss became a legendary children’s author known around the world for classics like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” His books have sold over 600 million copies.

Lucy is already typecast.  She’ll never go anywhere.

Lucille Ball appeared in so many second-tier films at the start of her career that she became known as “The Queen of B Movies.”

Lucille Ball

Then she got her big break when CBS picked up her and her husband Desi Arnaz’s vaudeville act and turned it into the highly influential sitcom “I Love Lucy.”

Ford.  What kind of name is that for a car anyway?

A young Henry Ford ruined his reputation with a couple of failed automobile businesses.

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However, after conducting a search, he was finally able to find a partner who had faith in him. Ford proved he had learned from his mistakes when Ford Motor Company forever changed the automotive industry and culture with his assembly line mode of production.

That vacuum sucks, Dyson!

While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.

James Dyson

But the 5,127th prototype worked, and the Dyson brand became the best-selling bagless vacuum brand in the United States. He is now worth an estimated $4.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Carrie just isn’t a scary enough name.

Stephen King grew so frustrated over his attempt to write the novel “Carrie” that he threw away the entire early draft.

Stephen King

Novelist Stephen King says writing is like leaving the ordinary world for a world of his own making: “It’s a wonderful, exhilarating experience.”

King’s wife Tabitha found the manuscript in the trash and took it out. “Carrie” became a hit and launched his career. His novels have since sold over 350 million copies.