Often we tend to give up. But the fact is that success comes at the edge. For today’s blog on career advice, we share a few household names who struggled their way to success. Some lived in their car, others suffered family abuse, and almost all encountered several rejections both professionally and personally, before getting success.
To know about them, keep reading!
1. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling got a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, and then after three years, she became a renowned author with a series of bestsellers. But her book was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London town publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s 8-year-old daughter fell in love with it.
2. Stephen King
King was broken and struggling when he first tried to write. He lived in a trailer with his wife, who’s also a writer and they both did multiple jobs to support their family while pursuing their craft. Their poverty led them to borrow clothes for their wedding and got rid of the telephone because it was too expensive.
King received multiple rejection letters for his work, that he developed a system for collecting them.
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3. Tyler Perry
Perry had an abusive childhood, physically and sexually abused during his growing days, got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice.
In 1992 he wrote, produced, and acted in his first theatre production, I Know I’ve Been Changed, with all his savings into the show but it failed miserably. 6 years later, Perry got his first success in the seventh run of the show. He’s since got a very successful career as a director, writer, and actor. Even, Perry earned fame as Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment in 2011.
4. Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker was born in a poor coal-mining town, the youngest of the four children. When she was two, her parents divorced and later her mother remarried and had an additional four children. Parker’s stepfather, a truck driver, often didn’t work, so Scarlet took up singing and dancing at a very young age to help with her mom’s teaching income and feed their 10 people family.
Despite those hard times Parker’s mom continued to encourage her children’s interest in the arts. When Parker was 11 years old, the family went to New York City so that Parker could give audition for a Broadway play. It was a successful trip she and her brother got cast, and the family relocated to New York. Parker with her hard work and determination got new roles, eventually becoming the title character of TV show Sex and the City.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah faced a lot in her public life, criticism for her weight, racism, unwanted or unwelcome questions about her sexuality, but she never allowed those things get in the way between herself and ambition.
She was abused sexually as she was growing and was also molested several times by her cousin, an uncle, and a family friend. She also became pregnant and gave birth to a child at the age of 14, who died only two weeks later. But Oprah continued to complete high school as an honors student, earned a full scholarship to college, and working her way through the ranks of television, she created her OWN network.
Whenever you think life is not good, just try reading and knowing the life successful people who faced hardships. You will be enlightened and inspired.
With this, we conclude. Keep looking into this space for more career advice, tips, and suggestions. If you wish to make careers in engineering or any other file, keep reading our blogs.