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It's Business 101. Anyone who has ever tried to achieve a goal knows rejection and failure are a normal and healthy part of the process. It's more prevalent in some occupations, especially in the arts (and particularly among, ahem, writers).
The following examples show a pattern: Persistence pays off. Woody Allen said, "Ninety percent of life is just showing up." But judging from the tales ahead, perhaps an amendment to this quote is in order: "Ninety percent of success is showing up, and showing up and showing up."
Click ahead to discover many examples of successes that almost weren't, spanning over varying categories: culture, advertising, architecture, business, invention and sports. Chances are you'll discover that for something (or more than one something) you've used or enjoyed, someone has had to fight for it to exist.
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