I want to print these letters out, frame them, and stick them all over my house. That way, I’ll be reminded that even the most successful people of our time faced some pretty serious rejection in their past. Take a look at these, for example: There’s no date on this rejection letter to Madonna’s team. But it must have been before she signed with Sire Records in 1982, a year before she released her first, self-titled album (which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide). Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr., and Adam Clayton were just teenagers when they formed U2 in 1976.