Any person who has ever tried to achieve something knows what struggle and hardship is. These struggles are a way to test if you are even built up for the place where you want to be. Mostly people give up when they face challenges thinking it’s too difficult for them, but there are a few who stand up and face those challenges. They are the ones who succeed and they are the ones you look up to for inspiration. Who turn their Sad story into success story.
Joanne Rowling creator of a $ 15 billion brand and the richest author in the world. She finished the first Harry Potter book in 5 years, while struggling to live on welfare and taking care of her infant girl after her divorce. Only after she finished her first book did the real challenge began when 12 of the most famous publishers rejected her book. Her sad story ended when Bloomsbury publishing brought “The Harry Potter” rights for just $4,000. However, Scholastic publishing bought its rights for $105,000 eventually, making her the highest paid writer let alone her being a debut writer.
he is the world famous Matrix actor that earned $463.5 million at the box office for his movie and won four Academy Awards has a pretty sad story. His life was not all sunshine and daisies. At the age of 3 his father left and after a few years lost contact with him. Keanu attended 4 different high schools and he struggled with dyslexia. Heartbroken eventually left high school without diploma but still learned to read with pure will power. In 1999 his child was stillborn and 18 months later lost the mother of his child to car accident. Even after such hardship he’s still a down to earth kind of guy who is kind to people and doesn’t blame anyone for his struggles.
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The Owner of the world’s largest volunteer ambulance organization took care of his paralyzed and mentally ill mother for eight years before she died. In 1947 at the age of 19 he moved to Pakistan with his philanthropic nature instilled in him through his mother. She used to give her two one paisa($0.01) coins every day, one for lunch and one for the passing by beggar. After moving to Pakistan he struggled in collecting donation to buy an ambulance and small office space. He successfully bought an old van which he drove himself to provide emergency medical aid and used the office space to open a dispensary. Later involved medical students to volunteer. He expanded his foundation into an orphanage, soup kitchen, rehab, homeless shelter and much more. The father of 20,000 orphans received thousands of dollars in donation and still remained a humble man with two dresses and a two room flat above his office until his death. He is a perfect example of turning a sad story into success story.
The famous Casino Royale actor had a sad story which he turned into a success story after struggling for years since teenage. While attending a drama school and struggling with roles in shows and movies, he waited tables and slept on park bench because of being homeless. His true success began when he landed the role of James Bond in the year 2006 and since then have appeared in 3 more movies in the James Bond series.
Better known as PewDiePie, the highest paid YouTuber with most viewed videos and highest number of fan following had changed his sad story to become the man he is today. He dropped out of college because the corporate world was not for him and started selling hot dogs at a stand to support himself. He didn’t have the money to afford a computer that could be used to start his YouTube channel so he paid for it through doing some artwork online. Today his net worth is above $7 million.
Steve Jobs, Born to an unmarried couple, was given up for adoption. Later, he dropped out of Reed college to focus on his computer interface. Together with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, He founded the Apple Computers in 1970. In 1984 he introduced Macintosh to the world. But he was removed as the head of Macintosh managerial team. It would definitely be a sad story if you get kicked out of your own company. However he didn’t give up but started another company named “Next” and later he bought the Pixar animation group and was named executive producer of the first movie Toy Story.
After the death of his father, his mother married an abusive man and due to him, Sanders dropped out of school and moved with an uncle at the age of 12. At age 15, he lied about his age to join the army, where he was a mule handler in Cuba and 4 months later got the honorary discharge. His wife left him along with two daughters selling away all his belongings, saying that he doesn’t deserve her as he can’t hold a job. His Sad story took a turn at the age of 40 when he opened a service station where he perfected his fried chicken and other southern dishes. At the age of 65 an interchange was built which took traffic off of his route and his business ended. He ended up living in his car for 2 years before a restaurant took his recipe and from there onward his story was a successful one.
It’s not a sad story if you take face all the challenges and go out of your way to replace the word ‘sad’ with ‘success’. Najat the French Minister of education was actually a sheep herder in Morocco at the age of 4 and bought water from the well. Her life turned around when her family moved to France in order to get a better life. Once there, she still had adapting the culture. She didn’t learn french till the she went to college and her parents strict attitude is what helped her divert all her attention to education, Today making her one successful women.
Article by Born Realist