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Famous Failures

23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

Written by Brad Aronson 1,709 Shares

Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.

I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.

I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

Teen Entrepreneurs: 10 Awesome Teen Entrepreneurs

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I met some inspiring teens at the Schoolyard Ventures expo for teen entrepreneurs.

These teen entrepreneurs have lessons for all of us:

If you see a problem fix it:

Teen Entrepreneurs Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!

Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!


Cody Wax suffered from stomach problems for years until doctors figured out that he had gluten intolerance.

Although Cody was ecstatic that changing his diet eliminated his stomach problems, he was a little disappointed in the lack of tasty gluten free desserts. Instead of simply complaining, Cody decided to make his own desserts.

Cody and his classmate ...

Told women couldn’t attend medical school, Elizabeth Blackwell started her own

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Elizabeth Blackwell

As it’s now college graduation season, it’s a good time for us to remember those who came before us — like Elizabeth Blackwell. . . .

Elizabeth Blackwell was determined to go to medical school.

She consulted with some family friends who were physicians. They advised her to give up – women couldn’t become doctors back then.

Elizabeth Blackwell didn’t give up.

She got a job, worked hard and saved enough money for school. She applied to medical school, and received rejections from all 29 colleges to which she applied.

Blackwell visited the schools in ...

Teenage entrepreneurs develop life-changing device for wheelchair users

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Stephen Campbell’s grandmother was a wheelchair user. Stephen noticed that people in wheelchairs often back their wheelchairs into things causing embarrassment and damage. Plus, if you have a back injury, backing into something can be excruciating.

Stephen asked, “If cars can have backup notification systems, why can’t wheelchairs?”

Stephen and his business partners (Miranda Keeler, Aaron Seidman, Deepak Iyer and Kate Evanko) decided to do more than just ask the question.

Teenage Entrepreneurs
The Sensei’s team — Kate Evanko, Aaron Seidman, Stephen Campbell, Deepak Iyer and Miranda Keeler.

The high school entrepreneurs studied the problem by conducing ...

Thank You Neighbors – for Your Act of Kindness

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Our neighbors noticed that we had a lot going on and could use a distraction.

So our neighbors put this bag in our mailbox.

Act of Kindess

A small act of kindness (like a little gift) at the time you need it can make a huge difference. And, our neighbor’s gesture did make a huge difference.

Simple and appreciated!

An act of kindness I’ll definitely copy to use for someone else.

Want ideas for your own acts of kindness? Here are 80 fantastic, random acts of kindness you can do to make someone’s day.

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Be Inspired—How 5 Everyday People’s Acts of Kindness Changed 100s of Lives

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Photo by Michael Ochs/GETTY

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  

As King said, “everybody can be great.”We should never doubt that one person, following her heart and willing to make a difference can make a difference. And, often it’s the simple things and the small things that we do in our everyday lives that

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Amazing kids feed thousands of homeless – their inspiring story and how they got started

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A group of Washington D.C. high school students participated in a service project to collect and distribute coats to people who needed them. What I love is that these amazing kids did more than distribute coats.

The high schoolers wrote encouraging notes and put them inside the pockets as a surprise for recipients. Those notes made people smile and feel special – that was as important as handing out the coats.

Josh Kennedy-Noce and D’Mani Harrison-Porter were two of the teenagers running this project. How they got started goes back to the summer Josh and ...

Sometimes you just want to say “thanks”

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Fantastic video of TD Bank turning some of their ATMs into Automated Thanking Machines to create some very personal and special moments for customers. Have tissues ready . . .

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Grandparent on a mission changes lives of over 950 families

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Most people’s dads wouldn’t scare me. Carl was different. He was the dad with muscles. He was the guy who skated around town on roller blades before they were popular. He got into fights during town soccer games.

Carl Blum scared the crap out of me.

When I was 19-years-old I dated his daughter, Hester. I remember going to pick Hester up at her house for the first time. Carl answered the door and smiled.

Carl put his arm around me. He didn’t put his arm around me the way a loving grandparent does, but ...

These Philadelphia High School Students Shatter Expectations — Inspiring Graduation

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What was it exactly that moved me so emotionally at this ceremony?

Earlier this month I attended a high school graduation. It wasn’t my son’s graduation. Thankfully, we have 13 more years to prepare for that event. This was a commencement at Girard College. A celebration of 39 high school students who beat the odds.

If you’re unfamiliar with Girard College, it’s a tuition-free boarding school established in 1848 to serve orphans and at-risk children from 1st grade on through high school. Most of the students are from areas of Philadelphia where it’s assumed that ...