Feb 26, 2014

HE wanted a Job; But Facebook Said NO!

In the middle of 2009, Brian Acton was the software engineer that no one wanted to hire. Despite a 

dozen years of experience at Yahoo and Apple, he got turned down by two of the Internet's brightest 

stars at the time.  First Twitter said no in May. Then Facebook rejected him in August. 

When Acton couldn't find work at another big-name company, he took his chances on the start-up

route instead. Teaming up with another Yahoo alum, Jan Koum, he helped build WhatsApp, that has 

become the king of cloud-based messaging world-wide. 


WhatsApp is in the headlines this week because Facebook has agreed to buy the company for a 

stunning $19 BILLION in stock and cash.

MORAL LESSON
Failure is not falling down; failure is staying down when you have the choice to get back up.  Sometimes 

you have to fail a thousand times to succeed.  Which means you haven't really failed yet; you've just 

found a bunch of ways that don't work.  So don't get so hung up on a few failed attempts that you miss 

every new opportunity coming your way.  All of your ideas that don't work are simply stepping stones 

on your way to the one idea that does.  
Life always offers you a second chance – it's called tomorrow.
Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past 

failures. 
If you are down, Get Up and keep going...