Failure to Success: Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a very successful women who has done everything a little bit of everything in the business world. There is one failure that she experienced in her life because of a simple mistake. She wanted to try the movie business and made a film adapted by Toni Morrison’s Beloved. During opening weekend, it was an epic failure that was even beaten by the “Bride of Chucky” film. She lost over 80 million dollars because it was never recovered. This event made her go into a deep depression and to make herself feel better, she turned to food as support. Eventually she got over the depression and learned a valuable lesson. “It taught me to do whatever you’re going to do and release all the expectations for it.”   

Tina Fey
Tina Fey is a well known comedian and very successful woman, but this came only after a disastrous audition. “It was my worst audition ever.” She tried out with her friends in Second City, Chicago to be in a McDonald’s commercial. “Which means big money.” She always tried to audition for commercials but never could get one because, “I didn’t look like anything.” She went twice a week into casting offices for about two hours waiting for her turn. For the McDonald’s commercial she had to say two lines and pretend that she was in a drive thru but she had this big scar, which was going to be featured during the audition. She said, “Hi, I would like to have a Big Mac and my scar will like to have an orange juice.” She left the office quickly because she knew that she would not get the commercial. The message she learned is, “Don’t believe in your dreams, your dreams are ridiculous.”