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9 Leaders Reveal What Their Largest Doubters Told Them

Updated: Jan 29, 2019

Naysayers, doubters, haters, negative nancys. While some mean well, all should be taken with a grain of salt.

British financial website GoCompare published “I’m Possible:" a series of illustrations honoring the world’s greatest innovators – and the harshest words they ever heard when they were climbing the ladder of fame.

Oprah Winfrey – “Unfit for TV and too emotionally invested.”

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Steve Jobs – “Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t gone through college yet.”


J.K. Rowling – “Get a day job. It’s impossible to make a living writing children’s books.”

Jay-Z – “This guy is terrible. He’s nothing.”

Arianna Huffington – “This website venture is the sort of failure that is simply unsurvivable.”

Thomas Edison – “Too stupid to learn anything.”

Sheryl Sandberg – “I would never hire anyone like you.”

James Dyson – “You must be mad.”

Anna Wintour – “You’d never understand the American market."


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