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Why Some of the Most Successful Ideas in History Started With Rejection

Some of the most successful ideas in history started with rejection.

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Some of the most successful ideas in history started with rejection. However, we don't often hear about these rocky starts of mega-successes. We mostly see the glamour, flashy money, press and smiles.


But the truth is, so many entrepreneurs, thought leaders, authors, inventors and founders faced a lot of rejection before their big ideas caught on. And if they hadn’t kept going in the face of all of that, some of the best ideas today wouldn't exist. 

I’m sharing a simple story of one example of this today in 5 Minute Friday as a reminder to all of us to keep going with what inspires us in Episode 543.

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Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestselling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. He hosts a top 100 iTunes ranked Apple podcast, The School of Greatness. Howes was recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Details magazine called him one of “5 Internet Guru’s that can Make You Rich.”  Howes has been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, People, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health and other major media outlets.