Life is dynamic.
We all experience our fair share of both successes and failures.
While a longstanding string of failures can feel like a “losing streak,” it’s important to remember that in a lot of cases, the contributing reasons for each failure aren’t necessarily interconnected with one another.
To connect them could very well be a classic gambler’s fallacy, part of the human tendency to find patterns where none exist.
No matter how many times you fall on your face, it never means success is out of reach.
These three successful entrepreneurs are classic “zero to hero” stories.
These former “losers” went on to reach huge financial and career success, regardless of the challenges they faced along the way.
1. Scott Oldford
Founder of Infinitus, Leadcraft and Bots for Business
In 2013, Oldford racked up $726,000 in debt. At the ripe age of 22, he faced a bleak future. It’s a mountain of debt many people wouldn’t escape from. Yet, in less than three years, Oldford not only recovered, but built a multi-million-dollar company by overcoming his own toxic ego, and replacing it with a deep focus on relationships, mentorship and personal growth.
From big loser to bigger success, Oldford today demonstrates a zest for life that has led to successful launches, new ventures and an ever-growing level of authority.
2. Noah Kagan
Founder of Sumo
Kagan overcome this (and the title of “the guy who got fired by Facebook and lost $100-plus million”), and has since built numerous successful businesses.
3. Arianna Huffington
Founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global
Back in 2007, Arianna Huffington sat at home on the phone, when all of a sudden she collapsed. When she woke up, she lay in a pool of her own blood, and had what she would later discover, a broken cheekbone.
It wasn’t cancer. It wasn’t a disease. Huffington was, of course, exhausted. However, she later described this terrifying period as the “wake up call that changed my life.”
Not only did this lead her to create Thrive Global, but also author bestselling books like Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Though Huffington had already achieved great acclaim with her eponymous news site, it was this setback that pushed her to follow her passion and also achieve success in her personal life.
You can read about four more losers who turned their failures into massive success over at Entrepreneur.