Revolutionary Groups: The Beatles and The Wright Brothers (Failure to Success)

The Beatles became a household name by 1965, however many do not know that they struggled to get a record contract. When auditioning for Decca Records, the band was told, “We don’t like your sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

The Beatles performed 15 tracks for the record company in a few hours, with a mixture of rock, R&B, rocked up standards and originals. When reflecting on the audition, John Lennon said, “I wouldn’t have turned us down on that. I think it sounded okay…I think Decca expected us to be all polished, we were just doing a demo. They should have seen our potential.” The band went on and signed with George Martin at Parlophone five months later.

In 2016, 46 years after they disbanded, The Beatles are still the best-selling music group of all time, and listeners are still purchasing their music.


Along with The Beatles revolutionary music, the Wright Brothers’ invention of the airplane also revolutionized a great factor in our life; travel. Although they were just ordinary men, they created something that changed the world for forever.

Any inventor goes through many failures before creating the perfect prototype. The Wright Brothers built more than just the airplane, making them an extreme success after failure story.

The Wright Brothers got into the bicycle business to begin with, however they realized that the bicycles were very dangerous and accidents were often fatal. The brothers became determined to create a bicycle that was safer and easier to ride. After many attempts, they developed the bicycle design that is still used today.

The Wright Brothers had no degrees and were seen by many as incompetent compared to the engineers who were racing to fly. Most of them believed that travelling through air would be the same as water, which caused their prototypes to be bulky, stable and based off of ships, which failed to even get off the ground.

With their experiences with bicycles, the Wright Brothers had found that basing an invention off of sturdy build caused crashes, whereas the ability to shift weight quickly to balance and maintain control was much more necessary.

Despite the many trained engineers who told them that they were wrong and would fail, but the Wright Brothers stuck to their guns and followed through with their theory. They knew that the failures and crashes were necessary in order to gather data and achieve success.


About the Author

Eliza Grigsby
Eliza is a junior in her second year working with the BlueXpress. She is involved with many things around Millbrook such as the swim, softball and academic teams, interact club and SCA as well as dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy.