Are you a Failure? Well Good! What is Your Number?

Are you a Failure? Well Good! What is Your Number?

Life happens! When something doesn’t go our way or we get rejected, we are often discouraged, upset, and often place blame on something or someone. We don’t always understand the reason why this is happening and we certainly aren’t thinking about “patience”. There are so many stories of people failing or getting rejected in one area and then finding success later or in a completely different area. It is so difficult to make sense in the heat of the moment, but I am encouraging you, when failure comes along or you are rejected, take a step back, breathe, and know that something better is meant for you later!

If you have been rejected, you are in good company! I am going to share with you some numbers that have significant meaning to some famous folks! What is your number?


144 – This is number significant to Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Did you know? Jack Canfield was rejected 144 times for Chicken Soup for the Soul? What if he would have stopped at 100 or 144? Jack often says, “If someone says no, just say NEXT!”


12 – This is number  significant to J.K. Rowling. Did you know? J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter was rejected 12 times. I am sure the Harry Potter fans are happy that she did not give up after a rejection, or two, or twelve!


27 – This was number significant to Dr. Seuss. Did you know? Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers! Children around the world are thrilled that he did not stop or give up and kept moving forward. Oh the places you’ll go…if you keep trying!


15 – This number was significant to Lucille Ball. Did you know? When Lucille Ball was 15 she went to New York to attend drama school and become an actress, she didn’t receive much encouragement and was rejected multiple times from Broadway chorus lines, But, this rejection did not stop this funny lady!


1919 – This number was significant to Walt Disney. Did you know?  In 1919, Disney was fired from one of his first animation jobs at the Kansas City Star newspaper because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”.


409 – This number is significant to two young scientists. Did you know? The Formula 409® name is actually a nod to the determination of two young Detroit scientists who formulated the grease cutting cleaner. They “failed” 408 times and finally were satisfied on the 409th try!


22 – This number is significant to Oprah. Did you know? Oprah was 22 when she was demoted because she was told she was not good on air as a broadcaster. She was making $22,000 at the time and often jokes that she was glad it did not work out for her.


There are so many stories of failure or rejection that include Thomas Edison, Steve Job, Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna, Michael Jordan and more! So, if things don’t go your way, don’t beat yourself up, don’t get overly frustrated, think to yourself….”NEXT” is going to be way better for me!

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Best wishes for your day!


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Lovely post Dorothy. This helped me come up with my number, 1. As in, I am the only 1 who decides if I have succeeded or failed!

    1. What an excellent point! Absolutely!

  2. I’ve quit counting the number of schools that have rejected me, and with each one I seem to take it more personal. I’m 56, have 2 masters degrees, but have no teaching experience. With each passing I get older and less experienced.

    1. Hang in there Tim, the right fit will arrive!

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