It is amazing how many entrepreneurs succeeded after their ideas were rejected by others. Henry Ford, Sam Walton and Ralph Lauren are but a few examples.
Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York on October 14th, 1939. In his youth Ralph's dream was to play professional basketball, but at 5' 6" (1.68 m) it seemed unlikely. The family business was house painting, but Ralph had different dreams.
Ralph found his real passion was designing clothing, and he changed his name from Lifshitz to Lauren, thinking Lauren was more stylish.
Ralph worked for a tie company and the man who ran the company didn't like Ralph's tie designs. He sarcastically told Ralph, "No-the world is not ready for Ralph Lauren," and refused to market the ties.
Ralph was so hurt by his sarcasm that he quit to go out on his own. This was risky, for Ralph was just 26 years old and it was frightening to have no job and no income.
Ralph had little money and he started his company in a tiny space, little more than a mail drawer in the Empire State Building. Each day he would collect rags, "make them into ties" and then take those ties into stores to sell.
He quickly felt the sting of rejection, but he didn't quit and in small numbers, those ties began to sell, giving Ralph an income. Sales continued to grow and against long odds Ralph had begun to build his own company.
The journey had begun that would lead to the multi-billion dollar global fashion empire that is Ralph Lauren today. Yet without his employer's sarcasm for his ties, and Ralph quitting to start his own business, none of this success could ever have happened.