50 Rejection Stories: That Will Inspire You To Keep Going

Face it, we all have all been rejected at some point in our life. We have been rejected by career options, school choices, potential love interests and sometimes even members of our family members. Rejection sucks and it often hurts. However, remember,"Rejection is the spirits protection." You are only rejected from situations that were truly never meant for you. Remember when you are rejected something better is to come. Hopefully the stories below remind you to keep going no matter what hurdles you approach in life.

Lauryn Hill was booed at Amateur Night at the Apollo

Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has sold 19 million copies worldwide and it is considered one of the greatest albums of all time by many music publications

Oprah was fired from her first job as a news anchor

  • She would later become one of the world’s first African American billionaires and launch a media empire

Jay-Z was turned down by every label in the industry

  • The rapper eventually started his own record label, Roc Nation

President Barack Obama loss his first run for Congress

  • Barack Obama is our 44th President and the first African American to become president in the United States of America

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was denied a job as an Associate at one of the nation's top firms

  • The Princeton graduate is the first justice of Hispanic heritage

Salma Hayek had once been told that her accent would remind people in Hollywood of their Mexican housekeepers.

  • Hayek has been nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award

Chinese entrepreneur, Jack Ma was once rejected from a job at KFC

  • Ma is currently worth 20.4 billion dollars

Tyra Banks was rejected by 6 modeling agencies

  • Tyra Banks is the first black model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team

  • Jordan has earned five NBA MVP titles

Jose Hernandez was rejected from NASA's astronaut program eleven times.

  • Hernández was selected for NASA’s Astronaut training program in May 2004.

Jennifer Hudson loss Season 3 of American Idol

  • After acting in the film Dreamgirls Hudson won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Bachelet was exiled from the country she was born in, Chile

  • She later became the nation’s first woman president

Bruce Lee was rejected for US military service

  • Lee is considered by many media critics one of the most influential martial artists of all time,

Vanessa Williams was stripped her title as Miss America 1984

  • Williams will later launch a successful singing and acting career

The Queen of Rock Tina Turner was brutally abused by her ex husband Ike Turner

  • In 2013 Turner married music executive, Erwin Bach

Tina Knowles the mother of Beyonce and Solange filed for divorce after her now ex husband Mathew Knowles cheated on her. Tina was fearful that she would never marry again.

  • In 2015 Tina married actor, Richard Lawson

In 2002 India Arie was nominated for 7 Grammys and won none

  • Arie has since won 4 Grammys.

Sidney Poitier was once told by a director to get a job as a dishwasher

  • In 1964, Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor

Charles Barkley was cut from Team USA Basketball in 1984

  • In 1992 Barkley joined the “Dream Team", the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players

Anita Baker was told she did not have star potential

  • Ms. Baker currently has eight Grammys

Kanye West was rejected by many record labels before signing to Def Jam Records

  • West currently has 21 Grammy Awards

Iyanla Vanzant had a talk show, which was canceled and she was forced to file for bankruptcy.

  • The spiritual leader currently has a hit show on the Own network named Iyanla Fix My Life

Allegedly by the end of 2009 Rihanna was bankrupt

  • According to Forbes magazine the pop star is currently worth more than 100 million dollars

Harry Belafonte was blacklisted from acting during the McCarthy era

  • Today Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.

Notorious BIG: “Girls used to diss me.”

  • “Now they write letters cause they miss me.”

Steven Spielberg was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

  • Spielberg is currently believed to be one of of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Directing films like The Color Purple and Schindler’s List

The first Harry Potter novel was rejected by a series of publishers

  • The success of the Harry Potter series turned novelist, JK Rowling to a multibillionaire

Lady Gaga was once dropped from Def Jam Recordings

  • Gaga has sold over 146 million singles and has a series of number one albums

Vera Wang became an editor at Vogue, but was passed over for the editor-in-chief position

  • Wang is currently one of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers

Soichiro Honda, was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation after interviewing for a job as an engineer

  • The Japanese engineer later established the corporation Honda

Pop star Shakira was rejected from School Chorus

  • Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" is the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time selling 10 million units.

In 2007 George Lopez ‘s TV series was canceled

  • In 2016 George Lopez started a new semi-autobiographical show called “Lopez.”

Before getting the lead in Scandal, Kerry Washington had trouble getting roles for not being “Hood Enough.”

  • Washington’s role as Olivia Pope has scored her nomination for two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.

The Supremes were initially deemed too young to be signed to Motown Records

  • The group is Motown’ most commercially successful acts to date

Lisa Kudrow was fired from Frasier after the pilot

  • Kudrow later got a gig as Pheobe Buffray on Friends

Anna Wintour was fired from American Harper’s Bazaar

  • Wintour is currently the Editor in Chief of Vogue, arguably the bible of fashion

Ellen DeGeneres was fired for being gay

  • In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her achievements in the arts.

Beyonce and Kelly Rowland lost on Star Search when they tried out in 1993

  • Destiny's Child is one of the best selling girl groups of all time

Carmen Yulín Cruz ran for an for District representative in Puerto Rico’s 2000 general elections, but lost.

  • Cruz is the current mayor of San Juan

Nicki Minaj was fired from her job as a waitress at the restaurant, Red Lobster

  • The rapper has most hits on the chart of any female artist.

When Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard he launched a business called Traf-O-Data, which flopped

  • Bill Gates is currently the richest game

Marian Anderson was refused permission to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall.

  • Critics have called Anderson one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century.

Madonna was fired from Dunkin Donuts

  • The entertainer has sold over 300 million records worldwide

Solange's debut album “solo star” was criticized by Slant magazine Where they gave her ⅖ stars and said she sounded too much like Beyoncé.

  • Solange released "Seat at the Table," winning her first Grammy and touching millions of black women

Issa Rae was told to water down her writing from major Hollywood companies

  • Insecure is now one of the most viewed shows on HBO

Shameless Maya was rejected from multiple acting gigs

  • Maya is now the owner of her own YouTube network and production company

Rupaul was rejected from Kinky Boots Broadway musical and the Rocky Horror Show

  • Rupaul now has hit show, Rupaul's Drag Race

Pharrell Williams was once rejected by Tyra Banks and it was awkwardly revealed to a live audience on her TV show

  • Pharrell is now happily married to model Helen Lasichahn With triplets

Before attending Yale, Hillary Clinton was fired from her brief job at a Salmon Cannery in Valdez, Alaska.

  • Hillary became secretary of the US

Wizkid was rejected by Roc Nation

  • He has become one of the most famous Nigerian artist