If at first you don't succeed ...

(CNN)You've done everything to prepare for your interview, from sprucing up your resume to preparing a PowerPoint presentation of your accomplishments. The meeting goes well, but somehow you don't land your dream job. This isn't an uncommon scenario for people all over the world and it certainly doesn't mean it's the end of a successful career trajectory.

In the words of Thomas Edison, the man who struggled to invent the light bulb that we'd all be lost without today, "I have not failed 10,000 times — I've successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work." If you can't find comfort in that, some pretty famous names prove why your dreams aren't impossible. Read their stories of failure and eventual triumph in the gallery above.