If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. The common thread of many successful professionals is the ability to learn from their mistakes and use those lessons to arise again with greater determination. History is full of entrepreneurs who were knocked down but showed the courage to get back up and continue to persevere. For a little inspiration, look no further than these three famous individuals.


Arianna Huffington

Whether or not you are a fan of Huffington’s politics or business approach, nobody can argue the success of her well-known news and commentary site, The Huffington Post. Affectionately known as “HuffPo,” this site was acquired by AOL in 2011 for a reported $315 million. Huffington’s first book was only published after the aspiring author faced more than three dozen rejections. Nearly two years ago, Huffington left HuffPo to launch Thrive Global, an initiative devoted to health and wellness.


Steven Spielberg

Widely considered one of the founding members of the new era of Hollywood filmmaking, Spielberg is an icon in the movie industry. However, in his early years, the aspiring film student was rejected numerous times in his attempts to gain admission to the famed University of Southern California’s cinematic arts program. Spielberg persevered and went on to direct and produce many of Hollywood’s most beloved films, including E.T., Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, The Color Purple, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more. Following the success of his award-winning films, Spielberg went on to co-found DreamWorks Studios.


Oprah Winfrey

Few women have done to change the face of entertainment and show business than the venerable Oprah. Known mostly by her first name only, the queen of daytime television was once fired from her job as a news reporter at a local station. Oprah went on to her launch her wildly successful daytime television talk show, becoming a household name all over the world. Oprah eventually started her own production company, Harpo Productions, and cable television station, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). One of her highest honors came in 2013 when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then President Barack Obama to recognize her contribution to the advancement of American society.


Nick Zamucen is the founder of Bio-One Inc., the first successful franchised crime scene and hoarding clean-up company and the founder of B.O.R. Restoration, the first restoration company that will collect insurance invoices for franchises. He’s also a published author, business strategist, and award-winning serial entrepreneur. Read more on his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!