It’s very hard to find a perfect inspiration when it comes to the dream of a professional career, that too without a penny. Some had good financial help, some had a cunning business mind and some inherited it. Then how come a ‘normal’ dreamer fulfills his desire. By normal, I meant a person with an absolute no help but a long sighted dream in eyes. Here I am going to list out some of the world’s wealthiest and famous personalities who turned up their lives and rose to fame, despite starting from nothing.
1. Charlie Chaplin
Let’s get started with the person we all know very well, “The king of the silent era”. From the age of 10, when his father died and his mother hospitalized in asylum (suffering from bipolar disorder), Chaplin was all alone to work and sleep on the cold streets of London.
2. Halle Berry
The first and only African-American woman to win an Academy award for best actress, along with her wealth, fame, two failed marriages, a suicide attempt also has a period spent homeless in her records. According to her, a few nights spent in a public shelter taught her to live through any situation in life.
3. Colonel Sanders
Mr. Kentucky Fried Chicken, the father of KFC, from the age of 10 to 40, was homeless who now comes in the list of the most recognizable and rich food businessmen. Colonel left the house at 10 due the constant humiliation by his stepfather, remained homeless and did many jobs until he came up with his own ‘secret’ recipe and became famous.
4. Suze Orman
Starting her career as a waitress in Berkeley, California; living in her van for a long time with her financial woes, Orman became a best-selling author, a television host and one of the world’s most famous financial gurus.
5. John Woo
The famous Chinese director with the world’s epic blockbusters, Face/off and Mission Impossible II in his credits, dealt with the rough side of life since the age of 7, when his family home was burned to the ground in a fire and his father, due to tuberculosis could not work and earn for his family.
6. Steve Jobs
When it is about the father of I Phone, the only words that come to mind are money, fame etc. But the CEO of Apple Inc., according to his own claims, used to live on the floor in his friend’s room and used to get a good meal once a week in Hare Krishna Temple with the money he got on selling empty Coke bottles for the nickel deposits.
7. Kelly Clarkson
Before getting in the reality-TV music talent competition “American Idol”, Clarkson was unemployed and became homeless too when her new apartment in Los Angeles burnt down. But the “Original American Idol” won the first series of the show and managed to achieve great commercial success and album sales.
8. David Letterman
As stated in Forbes, the media guru is one of the richest and most influential television hosts and comedians in America, but when it comes to his past, it was never that good. A 1973 Chevy pickup was all he has in the name of home before he got his break and started writing jokes for Jimmy Walker.
9. Shania Twain
A series of problems including poverty, domestic violence and homelessness, she struggled through before being the most successful female singer who can enjoy any kind of luxury she desires. She even slept on buses in Toronto when she had to raise and provide for her younger siblings after the death of her parents.
10. Jim Carrey
One of the greatest comedic actors of our generation had his early years not funny and generous as he is. He was just fifteen when his father lost his job which led his life quickly out of control and they lost their apartment. He then, spent a significant amount of time living in their van until they rented a new place when Carrey started to work as a Janitor.
11. Michael Oher
The journey from homelessness to the National Football League for him wasn’t that easy but the difficulties, he said, made him the man he is. With the most touching story in the world of sports, he was also the inspiration behind the bestselling book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the blockbuster film The Blind Side.
12. Eartha Kitt
The first black Cat-woman in history, had a very rough way before she introduced us to the playful track, Sexy Grrrr. The famous actress-singer was an unwanted child and had to deal with racism and prejudice. At some point, she was also homeless and had to sleep on the rooftops of random building in New York.
13. Daniel Craig
The current James Bond made enough money to feed him and his family for the rest of his life from his last Bond film (Skyfall) alone. Craig once stated that it was some pretty awful things to make his life big as an actor.
These people gave a new meaning to the saying “Everything comes with a price” and who used their struggles in life as their main inspiration to achieve their greatest goals. It’s time get Inspired..