Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak.

Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.

Beethoven's music teacher once said of him: "As a composer, he is hopeless".

When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.

Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school.

Sam Walton's (Wal-Mart) first store failed.

Henry Ford suffered an early bankruptcy.

Walt Disney was fired from an ad agency because he couldn't draw.

Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were both voted "least likely to succeed" at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. They went on to win two Oscars apiece.

Sally Jessy Raphael was fired 18 times from showbiz jobs. She tried out for 134 commercial voice-overs and never got a single one. She eventually became a very successful talk-show host and garnered two Emmy awards.

A young actor named Archibald Leach was rejected by Paramount Studios because he had a thick neck and was bowlegged. He later became the movie star Cary Grant.

Clark Gable worked hard to get a screen test, only to be turned down by producer Darryl Zanuck, who shouted in Gable's presence: "His ears are too big. He looks like an ape."

After an aspiring author sent her manuscript to a publisher, an editor called her writing "painfully dull, inept, clumsy, undisciplined, rambling, and thoroughly amateurish." The book, "Valley of the Dolls", by Jacqueline Susann, sold nearly 29 million copies.