Are you one of those frustrated by your repeated failures in building a successful career or business enterprise? Well, don’t give up just yet, instead try and make every failure a stepping stone towards success. Here’s a look at 6 famous Indians who failed miserably, but persisted with their efforts to finally achieve their dreams and global acclaim.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan battled bankruptcy:
With his company – ABCL – in ruins, a long list of creditors, a rising pile of legal cases, no films and a notice of recovery on his home, Bachchan was on the brink in the year 2000. Until he knocked on the doors of his friend Yash Chopra and went on to play a pivotal role in his blockbuster Mohabattein, followed by a string of commercials and the super-successful Kaun Banega Crorepati on the telly.
Narayana Murthy’s first venture flopped
Often described as the architect of India’s IT revolution, Murthy’s first venture – Softronics – was a failure within two years of its launch. After working at Patni Computer Systems for a bit, he went on to launch Infosys in 1981 with six associates and meagre capital provided by wife Sudha Murthy. Infosys is today India’s fifth largest publicly traded company and the third largest Indian based IT services firm.
Dhirubhai Ambani started as a clerk
The son of a middle-class school teacher, Dhirubhai Ambani, moved to Yemen at the age of 16, and worked there as a gas-station attendant and a clerk in an oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with INR 50,000 and set up a textile trading company, which today is one of India’a best-known business conglomerates.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw began with INR 10,000
At 25, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw launched Biocon in 1978 from a rented garage with a capital of just INR 10,000. Despite the early challenges that ranged from securing bank loans to recruiting the right talent, she persevered with her vision. Today Mazumdar-Shaw’s company – Biocon – is one of the market leaders in bio-pharmaceutical domain with revenues in excess of approx INR 15 billion.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, distributed newspapers
We all know him as the India’s much-loved President from 2002-07, yet Dr. Kalam faced several hardships in his early days. Hailing from a poor family (his father was a boat owner), a young Kalam had to drop newspapers to supplement the family’s income. An average student with a strong interest in mathematics, Dr. Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist and rose to head it. The rest is history.
Sushil Kumar – wrestled with poverty
The son of a DTC bus driver from a lower-middle class family, Sushil took to wrestling inspired by his cousin Sandeep, who was forced to quit later since the family could support only one of them. Despite the financial problems, poor facilities and lack of a proper diet, Sushil went on to win a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a gold in the FILA 2010 World Wrestling Championships and a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
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