Life Lessons from Famous Failures
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Life Lessons from Famous Failures

Was Oprah ever fired? Was Ron Howard rejected from film school? See if you know which celebs overcame major hurdles to succeed.

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Life Lessons from Famous Failures
Life Lessons from Famous Failures
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these famous people was fired at least once in their career?

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The correct answer is: Being fired doesn't mean you can't make it to the top in your field -- as all of these individuals have proved.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these people became a huge business success despite being an introvert?

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The correct answer is: Introverts such as Bill Gates can often make great leaders. Introverts often have valuable skills, such as the ability to listen to other opinions, that extroverts may not always possess.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Complete this Japanese proverb: "Fall down 7 times . . . "

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The correct answer is: The Japanese proverb, "Fall down seven times, get up eight," is the unvarnished truth behind perseverance. It's simple, but it's not easy.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these famous leaders had trouble with stuttering?

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The correct answer is: Joe Biden was teased as a child for his stuttering. Other former stutterers include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and King George VI.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these political leaders struggled with depression?

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The correct answer is: All of these famous leaders suffered from depression. Being depressed isn't always a bad thing, though. According to some experts, depression can make leaders more empathetic, especially in times of crisis.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What do some experts say is the best way to get over a fear of failing?

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The correct answer is: According to psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, the best way to get over any fear is exposure therapy -- in this case, being exposed enough to failure to realize that it doesn't have to stop you. Losing your fear of failure can be very freeing. When you lose your fear of failure, you gain the power to experiment in life and work, and experimentation leads to innovation and discovery.

Life Lessons from Famous Failures
Question 7 of 20 Correct

What does F.E.A.R. stand for?

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The correct answer is: Some experts say F.E.A.R. stands for "False Evidence Appearing Real." When you replace the false evidence (what we think may happen) with the truth (what will really happen), you can face obstacles with more courage.

Life Lessons from Famous Failures
Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these cartoonists was told he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas"?

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The correct answer is: Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor because of his lack of creativity.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which movie mogul was rejected from theater school?

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The correct answer is: Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater at least twice before eventually attending California State University at Long Beach.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these leaders was often considered an outsider?

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The correct answer is: All three leaders were considered outsiders. But they each possessed internal leadership -- an inner quality that compelled them to try to make the world a better place, and which helped them succeed.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

To succeed big, you have to . . .

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The correct answer is: If you want to succeed big, there is no substitute for simply sticking your neck out. Not letting our fears paralyze us is key in any new job or venture.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which children's writer was rejected by 27 publishers?

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The correct answer is: A grand total of 27 publishers rejected the first manuscript written by Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which actress has struggled with dyslexia?

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The correct answer is: All of the above actresses made it big despite having dyslexia. Henry Winkler, Patrick Dempsey, Anderson Cooper and Tom Cruise have also struggled with it.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these famous innovators was a college dropout?

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The correct answer is: That's right, all of these famous tech founders are college dropouts. Other famous dropouts include Ted Turner, Madonna and Oprah Winfrey.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these famous authors was living on welfare before their big break?

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The correct answer is: J.K. Rowling, creator of the famous Harry Potter series, was nearly penniless and living on welfare prior to her success.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Fearlessness is the absence of fear.

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The correct answer is: Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s the mastery of fear.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which Oscar-winning actress was rejected by the soap opera "All My Children"?

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The correct answer is: Julia Roberts auditioned for "All My Children" and was rejected. It just shows that one setback can't stop a person from reaching the top -- just check out her awards shelf.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which talented hoops player didn't make his high school's basketball team his sophomore year?

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The correct answer is: The famous Chicago Bull player didn't make his high school's basketball team his sophomore year. According to Jordan, "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I have missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which leading lady was told she should be a secretary instead of a model?

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The correct answer is: Despite being told by modeling agents that she should become a secretary, Marilyn Monroe became a pin-up model and actress.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How many times was "Chicken Soup for the Soul" rejected?

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The correct answer is: "Chicken Soup for the Soul" was rejected a total of 140 times. The popular book series now has 200 different titles and has sold more than 100 million copies all over the world.

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