Let’s face it. Life is tough, and that struggle up the ladder can seem never-ending. You’re working every day to rise up and be something more, but stumbling blocks will always pop up. If the climb starts to get you down, remember that some of the most successful people in the world started from the bottom, and you can, too.
You know him as the star of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchises, but Chris Pratt started off acting in bit parts of Washington state theatre. Eventually, he moved to Hawaii where he lived out of a van and worked as a server at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant. One day he connected with actress and director Rae Dawn Chong while he waited on her table. She liked him enough to cast him in Cursed Part 3, and from there, his career shot off with multiple TV roles and film appearances.
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This media mogul and all-star entertainer came from the humblest beginnings. Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1954, Oprah Winfrey had a very troubled childhood. She was sexually assaulted by multiple relatives and other members of her small farming town but thankfully was able to leave and live in Nashville with her father. After college, she hosted a talk show in Baltimore which led to a high profile gig in Chicago, and after 30 years of success, she’s now worth more than $4 billion.
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Before becoming a horror legend, Stephen King was a high school English teacher in Maine. He lived in a trailer and wrote on a portable typewriter he borrowed from his wife. His first novel, Carrie, was rejected dozens of times before Doubleday Publishing took a chance on it. Carrie became a smash hit and spawned a classic movie, making King a household name almost overnight. Later in life, the author would also overcome drug and alcohol addiction in addition to being run over by a van, proving how strong King’s tenacity really is.
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The man who unleashed Madea on the world had to struggle to make ends meet before being appreciated for the outrageously popular content creator he is. Suffering abuse at the hands of his father, Perry dropped out of high school and had to go back for his GED. Like Chris Pratt, he also lived out of his car for a time, and while that was happening Perry used his entire life savings to put on his first theatre production, I Know I’ve Been Changed, in 1992. The first run only had 30 audience members, and it took six years to garner an audience, but after multiple changes of venue the show finally took off and a short time later Diary of a Mad Black Woman catapulted him into the public consciousness.
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