Rejecting South Park

South Park was named one of Rolling Stone’s greatest TV shows of all time. The animated series earned four Emmys and a cult-following, catapulting its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to billionaire status. But rewind 25 years, South Park was rejected.

Rejecting Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland made history as the first Black female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But along her incredible journey to the front of the stage, Copeland was told she had the wrong body for ballet. That she was too curvy, too short, too old, that her skin colour ruined the “aesthetic.”

Rejecting Hinge

The global online dating market is expected to reach $11B USD by 2028. With websites like and eHarmony and apps like Tinder and Hinge, today’s singles have the world at their fingertips. But back when Hinge was in its infancy, founder Justin McLeod was rejected by investors. Then users. Then the Apple app store. Then Vanity Fair magazine. Before becoming one of the leading dating apps in North America and the most-mentioned dating app in the New York Times wedding section.

Rejecting Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She’s a singer, songwriter and activist whose first album ’She’s So Unusual’ landed her on the list of top female debut artists of all time. But before landing a record deal, Lauper was ridiculed for her eclectic look and fired from bands time after time. Then came the WWE. (Yes, you read that right.)