Can failure lead to success?

Learn how serial entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos, Sir James Dyson, Steve Jobs,

Sir Richard Branson and Tim Ferriss bounced back from the obstacles

they faced on their journey to success.

Select an entrepreneur and navigate through their timeline below.

Jeff Bezos

‘The Innovator’

12 January 1964

Without a willingness to fail, you cannot innovate.

Jeff Bezos imparted this wisdom from his experience as an entrepreneur to a group of students in a session at his Bezos Centre for Innovation. And while Jeff Bezos’s company Amazon now commands a $500 billion valuation, a look into the founder’s history shows a journey paved with failed ventures.

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Sir James Dyson

‘The Late Bloomer’

2 May 1947

I enjoy failure, because failure teaches you something

In an interview on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Dyson advises anyone feeling held back by the fear of failure to ‘get inspired by people saying no.’ Now boasting a net worth of $4.4 billion, Dyson faced many a ‘No’ on his path to success.

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Steve Jobs

'The Visionary’

24 February 1955

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

This was the advice Steve Jobs gave the graduating class of 2005 at his commencement address at the University of Stanford. ‘I was lucky,’ he said, ‘I found what I wanted to do early in life.’ However, his road to finding what he loved was punctured by a series of setbacks.

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Sir Richard Branson

'The Risk Taker’

18 July 1950

Making mistakes and experiencing setbacks is part of the DNA of every successful entrepreneur.

Sir Richard Branson, the famously-dubbed ‘Rebel Billionaire’ is currently worth $5 billion, but his wealth has been built on adventurous pursuits – both business and personal – that haven’t always paid off.

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Tim Ferriss

‘The Experimenter’

20 July 1977

If I’m not failing at least some of the time, I’m not pushing myself hard enough.

These were the words of Tim Ferriss in an interview for Venture Beat. As someone constantly pushing for an edge – be it over his competitors or over himself – Ferriss has faced many obstacles as he looked to self-improve through business.

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