The reason for Steve Jobs’ massive success? He did everything the right way. Graduated with honors from Harvard. Co-founded Apple and stayed for his entire career. Never put his support behind any product destined to fail.
Sounds good, right? Just one problem: Most of the above is false.
Far from graduating from Harvard, Jobs was a college drop-out. It’s true that he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak, but he wasn’t there the entire time — he actually got fired in 1985 after a power struggle with then-CEO John Sculley. More than one of the products released under his supervision flopped, including the ROKR and Apple Lisa.
This goes to show that the road to success isn’t always linear, and the things people do to achieve their dreams isn’t always intuitive. The following infographic from Roda Marketing based on an article by Jason Nazar proves that success doesn’t necessarily equate with good grades and avoiding mistakes — in fact, it sometimes correlates with the exact opposite.