Startup Motivation: How Many Times Should You Try?

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A colleague sent me this image that I am sharing with you today. The design was done a year ago by startup evangelist and infographic author, Anna Vital. It illustrates the constant motivation you should have, regardless of the number of failures you face.

Excerpt from the original article: “How many times should you try before rationally quitting? Intuitively, you would think there is a number that most people will attempt before the survival instincts kick in. What is that number? Apparently, it is much higher than one would think.

How Many Times?

  • 3 times Steven Spielberg was rejected by University of Southern California Film School [biography at Yahoo Movies].
  • 25 times Tim Ferris’s book The 4 Hour Work Week was rejected by publishers.
  • 162 times the author of this infographic made searches for this data 🙂 .
  • 300 times founder of Pandora.com approached investors before he got funding.
  • 400 times Richard Branson launched companies before he finally founded one that is out of this world [Virgin Galactic] pun-intended.
  • 1009 times Colonel Sanders who just started KFC was turned down when he tried selling his fried chicken recipe.
  • 1500 times Sylvester Stallone was rejected when he tried selling his script and himself as what would become the film “Rocky” [account by Tony Robbins, Stallone’s personal friend].
  • 5126 times James Dyson created failed prototypes of his vacuum cleaner before succeeding.
  • 10000 times Thomas Edison created failed prototypes of his electric bulb before succeeding.”

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