But an important part of achieving what we set out to do -- and something that seems to be particularly difficult for women -- is overcoming bumps in the road we may experience along the way. We forget that failure is often a necessary part of eventual success. In order to remind ourselves of this, we've gathered the stories of seven fearless women who experienced failure before ultimately becoming legends in their respective fields.
1. Lucille Ball
Lucile Ball is now remembered as the first woman to run a major television studio (she gained full control of Desilu Productions in 1962) and the winner of most every major entertainment industry award (including 13 Emmy nominations and four wins), but her success was hardly immediate. In fact, Ball's first films were failures, and she was even dubbed the "Queen of the 'B' Movies" in the 1930s and 1940s. Luckily for all of us, Ball went on to star in "I Love Lucy" and pave the way for women in the entertainment industry.
Before Oprah hosted a talk show that dominated daytime TV for 25 years and became the queen of her own media empire, she was demoted at one of her early jobs. After working as a news co-anchor on Baltimore's WJZ-TV for seven and a half months in her early twenties, Oprah was put on morning TV (the "morning cut-ins" as she recalls) -- a significant step down from her original role. But the experience wasn't all bad: Oprah met her best friend Gayle while working in Baltimore, and her initial failure arguably launched her on her path to incredible career success.
Before the Twilight series broke sales records, author Stephanie Meyer faced the failure of rejection -- multiple times. Meyer wrote 15 letters to literary agencies andreceived 14 rejections. Luckily, one literary agent took her on and eight publishers bidon the rights to publish the now wildly successful series which ultimately earned the author a place on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 List (and an ever-growing fortune to boot).