8 people who turned career disaster into success
1. James Dyson
James Dyson's bag-less vacuum cleaners made him famous. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, his net worth in 2011 is said to be £1.45 billion, and he certainly doesn't need to do his own hoovering.
But it hasn't all been plain sailing for Dyson. In fact, Dyson designed his new-fangled vacuum way back in 1978. After four and a half years and more than 5,000 prototypes, the Dyson vacuum was born. But what you might not know is that no manufacturers or distributors would buy or launch the product in the United Kingdom. Dyson was short of money and getting further into debt.
However, Dyson's determination spurred him on, and after failing to sell his invention to the major manufacturers, he set up his own manufacturing company.
Today, Dyson outsells many of the companies who rejected his idea and his invention has become one of the UK's most popular brands.