No doubt you’re empowered, ambitious, aspiring, and disciplined. But as we all have low days when we just need an extra kick to get up and make the dream come true. You too can be listed in the success stories.
Guys! It’s never too late to become a success story. You too can.
Why you should read Success stories?
If you read someone’s journey, their hardships, and how they overcame their setbacks directly impact your mindset to make you stay grounded and focused.
It works like a constant reminder that keeps clocking in your mind about the whole purpose of your goal. It’ll remind you that their success is not the result of one day’s hard work but they too struggled through uncertain times before reaching massive success.
There are so many examples of insanely successful people who came from humble beginnings and became Rest to Best.
So, if you’re ready to take the plunge and you want to get started. Here are 11 Inspiring Success Stories of famous entrepreneurs, creators, and writers. The endless inspiration you need.
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful women of America. She’d to deal legion of obstacles throughout her life. Oprah has grown up in poverty, with a broken home, and endured sexual abuse from her male family members for many years. But she decided to move out of this shit and managed to overcome this trauma.
Later, Oprah becomes an honors student at her college with a full scholarship ride. While she was just a sophomore student, she began to work for CBS in Nashville as a news anchor. This is the stage when her career took off and was launched to rise. Her successful career began, as she climbed her way up the television industry of America and became the favorite TV persona.
Today, being an inspiration to millions of women, Oprah is the founder and CEO of Harpo Productions which is a multimedia production company. She is better known as a best-selling author and philanthropist too, along with maintaining her hold on daytime television.
2. JK Rowling
Hardly there is anyone who hasn’t heard who the JK Rowling is. Well, JK Rowling was an unemployed single mother who raised her daughter by living on welfare benefits.
Initially, Rowling conceived the idea about a young wizard on a delayed train traveling to King’s Cross Station. She scribbled her thoughts and fantasies on pieces of scrap paper, and gradually developed the story of most loved Harry Potter. After five years, when she finished the manuscript of the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter. But 12 publishers rejected her work. And then finally got picked up by Bloomsbury Publishing.
As soon as the Harry Potter series published, it rose a huge boom in the fiction arena. The write-up went on to shape the entire generation of children by selling more 500+ million copies worldwide. This made Rowling the first billionaire author in the whole world.
No doubt, she earned her fortune from the pawns of darkness, but still being a humble lady, she donated a large sum of her fortune to charitable organizations. This makes her not only a billionaire but one in a billion too.
3. Stephen King
Stephen King, the master of horror has composed more than 90 stories throughout his writing career, most of them have been a definite success. But nothing is as easy as seen. There is always a tough going for King.
Being less privileged King rose a family with his wife Tabitha, who is also a writer. He wasn’t working as a teacher, to maintain a going on of his family, he worked odd jobs as a gas station attendant and a janitor, and at a Laundromat.
His first novel Carrie was rejected almost 30 times before finally getting published. The novel tells the story of a troubled teen with super telekinetic powers. But once he made it published after so many sweat and strains, the novel eventually became one of the best-selling novels of all time.
4. Michael Jordan
The NBA (National Basketball Association) star, Michael Jordan is dubbed as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Well, every successful person has been through challenging times. As in high school, Jordan struggled to showcase his abilities because he wasn’t able to make the cut for the varsity team, and the reason is his own height. Although it was a demoralizing experience for him, he was ready to take the challenges and pushed himself to train even harder than before.
Now it was the time his determination paid off, as two years later he joined the All-American High School Team. And with his hard work, firm determination and work ethics, he won 2 Olympic medals, 14 MVP awards and 6 NBA Championships subsequently. Jordan’s impeccable determination and love for the sport led him down the road of success.
5. Kevin Plank
The CEO, Kelvin Plank used to sell flowers in college and managed his bread and butter, and the fuel to his dreams by a combination of business loans, credit cards, and few other savings. As soon as he graduated from college, devised a prototype for a football jersey that demanded sweat. While simultaneously, run his fledgling business of Under Armour products in Georgetown, away from his home.
Kelvin utilized his old contacts in the college football scene to get his products a vital exposure. However, Plank used the entire budget of the company to put an advertisement in ESPN Magazine. Fortunately, the ad truly changed everything. And NFL teams and the athletes began buying Under Armour products in bulk, which was insane and resulted in sales of over $1 million worth.
Since after that, the growth continues. The company branched out into several markets and was established as a prominent sportswear provider to many of the biggest sports teams in the world. In current, he is the CEO of a company with $5 billion worth of annual revenue and a 20,000-strong workforce overseas.
6. Sara Blakely
Since her childhood, Sara Blakely wanted to become a lawyer following her father’s footsteps. But in spite of giving her best efforts, she failed the law exam twice and got an even lower grade for the second time. She was exhausted and defeated, thus, decided to get a job at Disney World and eventually returned home with her mother.
Sara spent the next 7 years selling just fax machines before having the ‘Eureka!’ moment. Struggling to fit into a pair of white jeans, she found a new product opportunity. She even developed the first Spanx prototype but still, it took many months for her to find a manufacturer who’d be willing to take on the project.
Determined and enthusiastic Blakely has established herself as a powerful woman entrepreneur who built a billion-dollar shapewear company based on a very simple idea. And she became a hope for the new start-up founders, that no idea is small or big but depends on how can you help your consumers with their problems.
7. Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier was born and brought up in a Brahmin family, in Florida. He faced poverty and received less education as a child. When he was 15, he wandered in search for a job. Later in New York, he worked odd jobs before enlisting in the army where he was in a brief stint in the military medical unit.
He even applied to the North American Negro Theater but the casting director scold him: ‘Why not you stop wasting other people’s time by getting out and become a dishwasher or something? In spite of protesting his own answer, he spent 6 months honing his craft and starred as a lead in a Broadway musical.
Just in a little time, Sidney became the first black male artist to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Poitier played a huge role in redefining the industry by refusing to play roles based on racial stereotypes. He has received numerous honors and awards, as well as six Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.
Today, he is known as one of the most distinguished directors and actors as he led the way for other African American artists.
8. James Dyson
Britain’s richest man, James Dyson has given the world a more innovative definition with his inventions. His schooling is not what can be expected from the world-renowned inventor.
It’s incredibly unbelievable that Dyson was an art student and studied furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London. But the destiny decided something else for him. His career took a turn. As he was frustrated with his home vacuum cleaner, he broke it apart and identified a design flaw in the product. Dyson creates something that becomes a market-changing invention which is the first bagless vacuum cleaner.
As success never comes with the first attempt. Thomas Edison is a fine example of it. Similarly, tt took 5 years and 5,126 failed attempts to Dyson to make the first one that worked.
The struggle didn’t stop here. He even faced challenges in getting sellers and shops to stock his vacuum cleaner. He, a one-man army, worked as the sole designer, manufacturer, engineer, and salesman of his product.
Although it took less than a while for his invention to get published, as it drew the attention of consumers itself with the unique features. Literally, it was the billion-dollar idea that created the foundations for Dyson’s empire.
9. George Soros
The hedge fund tycoon, George Soros moved to the UK After surviving the Nazi occupation in Hungary. He worked in odd jobs to make ends meet and studied at the London School of Economics. There he earned both his doctoral and bachelor’s degrees.
Later he moved to New York City and begun working as an arbitrage trader through different brokerage firms. After two decades later, Soros launched his own hedge fund called Soros Fund Management.
In 1992 one of his most notable achievements took place. He made a profit of $1 billion in a day and earned the title of ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’. Being a world-renowned reputation investor, Soros has emphasized highly on his charity work, donated over $32 billion to support philanthropic causes all around the world.
10. Jan Koum
Jan Koum was born in the Soviet Union, later he moved with his mother and grandmother to California in 1992. The family received a small apartment by a social support program initiated by the state. At 16, he took a cleaning job at a grocery store to deal with challenging circumstances and support his mother.
Koun never let the circumstances dominate his zeal and will power. He learned to code and spent 9 successive years at Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer. Subsequently, in 2009 Koum’s eureka moment appeared and he realized the potential of Apple’s fledgling app store. Utilizing the ability to push notification apps on iPhones and creating the app as an alternative to the traditional messaging, the super minded Koun created WhatsApp within a week.
In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg showed his interest in acquiring WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion. And the mastermind Koum was appointed its board of directors.
11. Eric Yuan
Today, hardly there is anyone who is unaware of the worldwide Zoom meeting app. Yes, Eric Yuan is the founder and CEO of this amazing app. Yuan was born in the Shandong Province of China. Being a college student, he used to make a 10-hour journey on a train ride to visit his then-girlfriend (now wife).
The zeal and need for alternate ways of communication conceived the initial idea that became the backbone of the Zoom. Since his childhood, he was determined to work in Silicon Valley, in order to get in the USA, he faced eight failed attempts before being granted his visa.
Initially, there he worked for WebEx which was of the first video-call product available in the market then. When Cisco acquired WebEx, he worked there for developing the video tool. But later changed his decision and pursued his own aspirations.
Yuan’s zeal and firm determination to build a historical product that’s both fun and accessible to its users soon paid off. The worth of Zoom is over $48 billion.
So, the only secret of your success is your sheer Determination, Willpower, and Ambition towards your goals! Obviously, it’s easier said than done, as you might have learned from these stories. There will always be obstacles in your way to success.
These inspiring individuals never let failures to be their endgame. Hurdles are merely a part of your journey to success. But it’s totally up to you turns your journey from Rest to Best.
Please share your views and opinion about which of these 11 Inspiring Success Stories inspired you the most and what other success stories made an impact on your journey? We’d love to know them.