Here are a few rags to riches stories that will motivate you to pursue what you want to achieve in your life.
When we see the lifestyle of celebrities, we think how lucky these people are who are living a life most of us can only dream of but we don’t know the hardship and struggles they went through to reach the position where they are today. Most of them are aware of what it is like to scrape for every single penny.
J.K Rowling is the author of the iconic Harry Potter books and she is one of the richest and most successful authors today but her journey to success has been very tough. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet before she wrote Harry Potter. According to her, she got the idea of Harry Potter in a dream and after that, she started writing the book.
Being a single mother, it was very difficult for her to sustain herself while writing a book. She did quite a few petty jobs to meet her end needs and pay the bills. When she finished writing the book, every publishing house she went to rejected publishing it. She was literally depressed and one day a publication house finally accepted to publish the book. The book was an instant success when published and after the rights of the books were purchased by a Hollywood studio to make movies based on the books, J.K Rowling became quite of a celebrity and her net worth currently stands at $1 billion.
Oprah Gail Winfrey, also known simply as Oprah, is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She has become popular because of her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was broadcasted from Chicago, and ran continuously for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. Oprah Winfrey was born into a poor Mississippi family in 1954, and she had a traumatic childhood where she was abused and molested by two family members and a family friend. After that, she ran away from home when she was only 13 years old.
Oprah was always an intelligent and ambitious girl, who gained a scholarship to Tennessee State University. She made her first appearance in a local beauty pageant and then became the first African-American TV correspondent in the state when she was only 19 years old. She started a chat show named The Oprah Winfrey Show which later became an iconic show. It aired continuously from 1986 to 2011. She later established OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Her net worth is estimated to be around $2.6 billion, making her one of the richest black women on the earth.