We cannot choose the homes we are born into, but we can definitely choose where to live. Focus and hard-work can get you anywhere in life, and the celebrities mentioned below are perfect examples to prove the point.
1. Jared Leto
His Oscar speech was heart-wrenching. Raised by a single mother in Louisiana, Jared and his brother grew up in hippie communes and around drug addicts. Today he is an Oscar-winning actor with a net worth of 40 million dollars. He is also the frontman of the popular band – 30 Seconds to Mars.
2. Oprah Winfrey
Born to a coal miner and a housemaid, extravagance was something that never ever crossed her mind. As a child, she was attacked and abused multiple times by her own relatives. But her hardships didn’t prevent her from becoming one among the richest and influential people in the world.
3. Ralph Lauren
He is every woman’s best friend. But before he became a fashion mogul, Ralph sold binds to make a living. But he soon found his calling and managed to become a priceless fashion brand.
4. Chris Gardner
“The Pursuit of Happiness” which made audience cry and smile. It is based on motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Chris Gardner’s life. As a kid, he was mistreated by his step father and lived in foster homes. But he worked his way out to become a multi-faceted businessman with a net worth of 60 million dollars.
5. J.K Rowling
Born and raised in a modest English household, Rowling grew up fighting poverty and despair. At the age of 30, she was living on the streets with her child. But her creative talents soon earned her an enviable reputation among the most admired and richest writers.
6. Jim Carrey
The family lived in a van for a long time. Jim was a school drop-out and had to work odd jobs at the age of 15 to meet expenses. But the misery became history after he made his debut in the movies.
7. Demi Moore
Who would ever think that this stunning damsel has lived an impoverished life! Demi had a troubled past and had to put up with her step-fathers. But it all changed when she ventured into acting.
8. Shania Twain
Her mom couldn’t support her and hence put her and her sister in foster care. Her parents died when she was 21 and hence she had to take care of her siblings. She learnt to hunt and protect her family from the cold Canadian weather. After her younger siblings grew up, she moved to Nashville to follow her passion for singing. And the rest is history.
9. Sarah Jessica Parker
She and her family survived on welfare for a long time. There were days when they lived without electricity because they didn’t have the money to pay the bills. But her electrifying performances in blockbuster movies made her one of the favorite actresses in Hollywood.
10. Steve Jobs
He couldn’t afford education. He lived on food coupons and sometimes on the free meals offered at the Hare Krishna sanctuary. He made money by returning empty coke bottles. However, he went on to make a fortune through Apple.
Hope these wonderful stories have inspired you to get out there and realize your dream.