Results day can be a stressful time as you navigate the next steps in your career path. Let's take a look at some famous people who could have given up on pursuing their dreams and been seen as a failure but still succeeded.

It’s that time of year again when many young people around the UK are waiting to find out their results.


It’s a massive achievement to get this far, so a big congratulations!


Regardless of your outcome, it’s important to remember your results, good or bad, will not define your adult life. It’s how you move forward over the next few years, your attitude and ambition, that will help you get to where you’re meant to be.


Let’s take a look at some famous people who could have given up on pursuing their dreams and been seen as a failure but still succeeded...


Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star paper because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”


Stephen King’s first novel ‘Carrie’ was rejected 30 times before it was published.


Carey Mulligan (actress – The Great Gatsby, Promising young woman, Suffragettes) was rejected from every drama school she applied to and repeatedly told to give up on her dreams.


The Back To The Future Script was rejected 40 times before it got made into a movie!


Doja Cat struggled with ADHD in school and left early. She is now an award-winning rapper and singer.


Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of high school at the age of 14 and went on to win three Golden Globe awards and an Oscar!


Lord Alan Sugar – At the age of 16 left school with one GCSE. He went on to set up the Amstrad company at the age of 21. Today he’s worth an estimated £1.21 billion.    


Sir Richard Branson – Dropped out of school at 16, struggling with dyslexia and is now a billionaire who is the founder of the Virgin Group, controlling over 400 companies.


Deborah Meaden (Dragons Den) – Left school before her A levels, started a company and is now worth 40 million pounds.


Cameron Diaz dropped out of school to at 17 to pursue modelling and is now an award-winning actress.


Simon Cowell left school with one GCSE and that didn’t stop him from succeeding.


Sir Elton John left school at 16 to play the piano at a pub. One audition led to him being one of the best-selling music artists of all time


The list is endless.


Regardless of your results keep pursuing your dream career. You can achieve great things.


If you are looking to take the next steps in your career we’re here to help. Head to GetMyFirstJob to find out more.


Best of luck. You’ve got this! 

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