When you watch the endless parade of glamorous celebrities walking down the red carpet, it’s easy to assume they’ve all had fame and fortune handed to them on a plate – blessed with the right genes.
Its quite tempting to assume they all made it big over night or are from the kind of wealthy academic backgrounds from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, or had rich parental background.
But while it’s certainly true that a great deal of the world’s most celebrated talents have had a helpful start in life, it is by no means a prerequisite for success.
For many, there was no meal ticket. In fact, for many it was the hardship and challenges of their humble beginnings that turned out to be the very driving force behind the realization of their dreams.
And these are the successful people that provide us with the greatest inspiration – those who have achieved success despite their circumstances not because of them, those people who, through determination and tenacity, have overcome adversity to reach their goals against all odds.
So next time you feel like giving up on your dreams because great things never happen to people like you, take a look at these stories of successful people who hit rock bottom before soaring to the top of their game.