1. The Beatles
The Beatles were famously denied a recording contract by label Decca. At the time The Beatles were a little known guitar band from Liverpool, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best as the drummer. Dick Rowe was the head of A&R for Decca and behind the decision not to sign the Beatle’s and instead went with Brian Poole and the Tremeoloes, as they were local and communication between the band and label would be easier, the official reason though was because “guitar groups are on the way out.”
Brian Epstein, the manager for The Beatles did not take this decision lying down and went back to Decca the following day expressing his disappointment. It was at this time he was introduced to George Martin who proved to be a pivotal member to the bands success. He expressed concerns about Pete Best’s drumming and recommended whom we all now know as The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
It was this tenacity, refusal to take no for an answer and dogged determination which helped the Beatles succeed. Fortunately, this success also allowed for another music super success story from Britain as it was from the recommendation of George Harrison that Decca signed The Rolling Stones!! I suppose this could be a great case of its not what you know but who!
2. David Bowie
This gentleman was also famously denied a contract from a number of labels, many of which would pretend ‘to be out’ when he called as they couldn’t stand the pushy pop star. Mr Bowie had had previous success with his hit record Space Oddity in 1969 but record mogul Chris Wright thought him “a one-hit wonder... a pop artist, not an act with any longevity.” Similarly, Bowie did not accept this as his fate and took himself and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust to America where he was signed and began one of the most expensive tours to date. With over 70 stop dates and a production like no other David Bowie, had made it onto the music ladder and has since gone on to be one the most recognisable and celebrated faces of British music.
3. Simon Cowell
Now I would forgive you for thinking that this one is a mistake, how can a man worth an estimated £300 million have ever failed in business? Well he did, and he failed in a spectacular way. Simon was a high school drop out and in 1989 the company he owned, Fanfare went bust. He effectively lost everything, even having to move in with his parents. Nowadays, Simon is one the most recognised figures on British and American TV.
4. Ozzy Osbourne
Famous for his controversial on stage antics Ozzy Osbourne is almost the epitome of if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. He was one of five children and didn’t excel in school because of his dyslexia. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and became a construction site labourer. He had many jobs including being a plumber, toolmaker, slaughterhouse worker and a car factory employee. He was accused of burglarising a clothing store, which landed him in prison since he couldn’t afford to pay the fine. Eventually, he turned it all around to become the lead singer of Black Sabbath.
These are just a few examples of how people have been willing to work for success. These snippets certainly don’t do justice to the amount of hard work that was involved in getting to where they are today but provide a great illustration of how if you are determined to succeed in your field, be it the music industry, finance or construction, then stop at nothing to achieve your goal. For more information on how to succeed in business please visit my website