When you look at the lives of successful people, it is easy to think that their lives have always been fabulous. However, this is not always the case. Some of them had to work very hard to climb their way to the top. They were not born into wealthy homes. So, they know what it is like to strive for your dreams.
Rags to riches stories are meant to inspire you to keep pushing for your dreams.
Here are 10 rags to riches stories that will motivate you to start putting all you’ve got into achieving your dreams.
Ed Sheeran was completely broke when he moved to America
When Ed Sheeran moved to the states, he virtually had no money on him and somehow Jamie Foxx took notice of him. Jamie saw the potential in him and offered to help him. Ed slept on his couch for 6 weeks while Jamie did his best to help him fulfil his dreams.
Jamie eventually secured an event for Ed to showcase his talent. “It was like 800 black people, all black, just the best musicians,” Jamie said in an interview. “So all of a sudden I say, ‘Ladies and gentleman, Ed Sheeran!’ He pops out, with red hair and a ukulele,” Foxx continued. “It was just like a movie. I said, ‘Well, let’s see what the kid has.’ And he went out there on that ukulele — got a standing ovation in 12 minutes. And the rest was history.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s homeland was impoverished by war
Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the richest actors of all time, a former governor, and a seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, things were rough for him in the beginning. He was born in Austria which had been devastated by World War II and the future movie icon lived in a house without plumbing and no phone.
Snoop Dogg was arrested for selling drugs
Snoop Dogg grew up in the hood in a time when it was overrun with gang wars. At a young age, he had to embrace the gang life to survive. He joined Rollin’ 20 Crips as a teenager and was always getting arrested during his high school year for selling drugs. Eventually, he saw rap as an escape from the streets and started on the path that would lead him to success with friends like Nate Dogg and Warren G.
Halle Berry lived in a homeless shelter
The Oscar winning actress moved to the US to pursue her acting career but ran out of money immediately and was left stranded. She had to stay in a homeless shelter. “It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint,” she said.
Eminem had a troubled childhood
Asides from suffering abuse from his step father and being bullied, Eminem had to drop out of school when he was in ninth grade to pursue music. He had to perform and engage in several rap battles, work menial jobs and create a crazy alter ego, the famous “Slim Shady,” to get recognised by the likes of Dr. Dre.
Celine Dion grew up in poverty
Celine Dion was the youngest of 14 children and grew up in a poor household. In her words: “We were three, four in the same bed,” Dion told CBS News. “I did not have a bedroom. Up the stairs, before going in the bedrooms, there was a little ramp. And my bed was there. So everybody went up, they saw me, and I could wave goodbye and goodnight.” Nevertheless she went on with her love for music and began to gain recognition with the support of her family. Today, she has an estimated net worth of $800 million and has achieved a lot of feats in her music career.
Daniel Craig used to sleep outside
Daniel Craig is known around the world for his critically acclaimed role as James Bond but according to Hollyscoop, the actor used to sleep on park benches during his struggling days. Today, he is worth an estimated US $65 million.
Mila Kunis acted her way out of poverty
Mila Kunis may be worth $65 million, but she has never forgotten where she came from. “My parents went through hell and back. They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it. … My dad worked – f*** if I know – seven jobs? He painted a house. He would deliver toilets. He drove a cab, delivered pizzas.
At age 22, she was determined to succeed and prove to the world that she was a star.
‘I went and read for everyone, every Joe Schmo, every B-horror movie, every A-list director – anything, just to prove to people that I could do it. I had no shame. I had no ego,’ said the actress.
Chris Pratt lived in a van
Chris Pratt plays the role of the MCU’s prestigious Star-Lord and is know for movies like Jurassic Park and Magnificent Seven. This, however, was not the case in the late 90’s The actor lived in the back of a van with a friend.
Leonardo DiCaprio lived in a dangerous town
Before the fame and success in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio used to live in a sordid LA town where he saw drugs, poverty, prostitution, and violence at a very tender age. He told The Times: “It goes back to that neighborhood. It came from the fact that I grew up very poor, and I got to see the other side of the spectrum.”
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