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No one can deny the guys in our list had or have extraordinary talent. They now inspire millions around the world with their remarkable achievements that impacted the world forever. But their paths were full of bumps and sour experiences that challenged their final destiny. The following geniuses had to work hard to accomplish their lifetime achievements, proving that talent is not enough to succeed in life.
1. Albert Einstein
One of the most brilliant minds ever recorded in human history, Albert Einstein was not always recognized as such.
Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 and didn’t do very well in his early school years. In fact, people around him (his teachers included) thought he wouldn’t make anything in life. He couldn’t find a job as a physicist after graduating. It took a while for him to find a job as a college professor, struggling to support his family. Even as a scholar, no one gave him credit for his theories in the scientific community for a long time. He was always misunderstood. Still today, many of us wrestle to barely scratch his relativity theory.
2. Bill Gates
Can you belief Bill Gates’ first independent business was a massive failure? If that happened to one of the richest person in the world, we should have hope.
Traf-O-Data, a device he created to read traffic tapes and process data didn’t go anywhere. The product didn’t even work but he and his partner Paul Allen learned from it to create Microsoft two years later.
3. Benjamin Franklin
Franklin’s parents couldn’t afford school, so he dropped out at age 10. But this mere financial struggle was nothing in the destiny of one of the pillars of the American nation. He taught himself auto didactically. He just read as much as he could to forge a solid academic formation that allowed his brilliant mind to invent the lighting rod and bifocals.
4. Thomas Edison
No one knows for sure how many times Edison went through the trial an error process before he finally came out with a viable lightbulb. But he expressed with his own words, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
5. Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh was never recognized as the master he was and actually died in total poverty. The Red Vineyard at Arles, which is now in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, was the only painting he ever sold. However, the artists produced over 900 paintings without any incentive other than artistic creation. His work is worth millions now.
6. Steven Spielberd
The guy who brings the impossible to the screen was rejected from University of Southern California two times due to his “C” average in high school. He was later admitted by another university but he dropped when when he signed a long-term directing contract with Universal Studios. USC gave the director of Jaws and Jurassic Park an honorary degree and he later became a trustee of that educational institution.