How breaking rules is the real key to success?

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Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist. - Pablo Picasso

We all here are living in a society, where we are handcuffed to illogically framed rules. Before taking an action, we think about the reaction of other people to it. ‘At age 20, we worry about what others will think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all’ correctly remarked by the veteran American columnist Ann Landers. While most of the people opt to be a slave of these baseless rules, there is also an atypical squad of people who rebelled and scribbled their own history by startling the former ones. Here are the inspiring stories of some exceptionally successful people, from diverse fields, who didn’t care a little bit about these rules and changed history:


‘The Software Engineer’ who slapped on the ‘Face’ of the Facebook

This story is about a software engineer, with years of experience at Apple and Yahoo, who was rejected by Twitter in the month of May 2009 and ‘tweet’ about the same on Twitter itself. Within two and a half months, following the same pattern he was also turned down by another social networking website Facebook and he shared about this also on Twitter. Now rest is the history and tighter slap on Facebook’s ‘Face’. This man turned out none other than, Jan Koum, the founder of Facebook Messenger’s strongest rival the WhatsApp. With the fear of outshining Facebook’s messenger by WhatsApp, Facebook acquired this messaging app within the next 5 years of rejection of Jan Koum for about 19 billion US Dollars.

Koum is a perfect example that you can reject and ignore the applicant but not his talent, sooner or later he will prove that.

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ― The Dalai Lama

Thank God her suicide attempt failed!

This chronicle totally pertains to a writer with such a robust imagination. More than 400 million copies of her books sold globally. Her struggling story has inspired millions of people. She faced a time in her life when she was diagnosed with depression, seen failure of her marriage, jobless with a dependent child. She tried to commit suicide but failed in her effort. A four-hour delayed train traveling gave her the idea of her first book and it took her more than four years to set the manuscript for it with the aid of an old manual typewriter. But can you imagine, a book of which more than 400 million copies sold worldwide has been rejected by the twelve publishers at the very first stage?

We are damn sure, that you have guessed her name perfectly that introducing her name is a mere formality. Yes! She is the author of Harry Potter’s book series J. K. Rowling. Was it the idea of the book that was worthless or the people who rejected the same? If she had accepted the rejections of these twelve publishers, then she had never been able to make the fortune of £560 million and coming to the list of the top twenty richest women of the United Kingdom. But now she is no more counted in the Billionaire’s Club but the reason is very inspiring. She has donated a very huge part of her earnings to charities to support a number of social causes.

“You are remembered for the rules you break.”― Douglas MacArthur

Steven’s Syndrome snatched her eye-sight but not her determination

We all used to complain about petty issues of our life that we’re not having a car, we’re not having the branded mobile phone and all that. But we always forget to thanks the greatest almighty for blessing us with a good physique. If you still do not feel blessed just ask a person who is blind by birth ‘what she/he sees before her eyes during the entire day: THE ALL DARK BLACK?’.

Rajni Gopal Krishna, a lady who starts losing the eyesight due to negligent medical advice. At the age of nine, she complains about a high fever and was taken to the doctor. Without going through with her body’s nature the doctor prescribed her dosage of penicillin drug which adversely reacted on her body. She was diagnosed with a deadly Steven’s Syndrome which can cause the failure of multiple organs and it deteriorated her eye-sight.


We all ‘blessed people’ kept striving for 35% and she chose one of the toughest courses in the world: Chartered Accountancy. After achieving the first milestone: her graduation, she decided to join CA against all the odds and rules of society. Not everything stopped here, she passed out with flying colors and got selected in a leading hotel chain’s company. She offered her services to the most prestigious hotel in India ‘Taj’. Afterward, the IT giant Infosys invited her to join them. Rajni has been awarded various awards and recognition for inspiring millions of people.


“Now just give a thought to all the illogical rules and perceptions created by the society which have destroyed millions of dreams. We are sure the stories of these three great heroes have inspired you to achieve wonders in your life.”

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”― Robert A. Heinlein

Asha Soni

I am a science enthusiast and expert in science writing. I am also an expert in science teaching and communication. Innovation and new ideas are my favorite area. Nature thrills me and gives me more motivation to understand and think about science from a different perspective.


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