10 Brilliant People Who Proved Their Critics Wrong On Their Way To Success

Thomas Edison was told he was "too stupid to learn anything."

Next time you're feeling down about the challenges standing in the way of your goals, remember this: Some of the most successful people were told they'd never make it. Thomas Edison was told he was "too stupid to learn anything" and Oprah Winfrey heard she was "unfit for TV." But despite the odds, they proved their critics wrong. 

Comparison site GoCompare created a series of illustrations that celebrates some of the brilliant people who were told they'd never be successful in their chosen fields, but rose above. 

"The project is supposed to be a reminder that tenacity pays and should convey that persistency is imperative in achieving personal and professional objectives," Sarah Vantellino, a spokesperson for the project, told A Plus. 

Hopefully, the illustrations will inspire people to continue to strive to reach their goals despite the obstacles that may stand in the way. 

You can check them out below.

1. J.K. Rowling

2. Thomas Edison

3. Oprah Winfrey

4. Jay-Z

5. Anna Wintour

6. Steve Jobs

7. Sheryl Sandberg

8. Rob Law

9. Arianna Huffington

10. James Dyson

Cover image via Krista Kennell / Shutterstock.com

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