Celebrities Who Rose from Rags to Riches!

They lost their homes, their jobs, and their reputations, but they never lost their hope. These celebrities fought through the dark times to climb their way to the top.

We hope these stories will inspire you to remember you’re not alone–everyone suffers rejection and adversity, and we all have the ability to face those difficulties head-on and achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves!

Stephen King

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Stephen King’s first novel, “Carrie,” was rejected by thirty different publishers before it made its way to bookshelves worldwide. In fact, after his thirtieth rejection, King tossed it in a trashcan and decided not to pursue it further. The story would have ended up in a landfill if his wife had not come behind him, fished it out of the garbage, and convinced him to complete it. Not only is “Carrie” now a classic novel, but King’s books have sold 350 million copies! We’re inspired by the fact that King received his wife’s encouragement and chose not to give up!

Do you have a goal you could overcome if you chose to face your obstacles?

Walt Disney

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Walt Disney was fired from his first job as an editor at the Kansas City Star. Do you know why? The man who fired him didn’t believe Disney had enough imagination! After that, he lead Disney’s animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram, right into bankruptcy. It wasn’t until he moved to California that his career took off. It was there that Disney began to produce cartoons. Disney’s story inspires us because he just kept moving forward until he found the perfect outlet for his abundance of creativity, despite ill-equipped bosses and professional missteps.

Do you have people in your life that aren’t recognizing your potential to follow your dream?

Bethany Hamilton

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Bethany Hamilton, a gifted surfer and courageous woman had her left arm bitten off by a shark when she was thirteen years old. While most people in the general public were encouraging her to take her life in a different direction, Hamilton got right back on her surfboard one month after the tragic event. Two years later, she won first place in the Explorer Women’s Division of the NSSA National Championships. Her bravery and determination inspire us!

Do you have some fears to face so you can accomplish your dream?

Oprah Winfrey

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Today, Oprah Winfrey is a household name. We’ve seen her on the big screen, the small screen, and everywhere in between! But, did you know she ran away from home due to years of abuse and gave birth to a child when she was 14 years old (who died soon after) and was told she wasn’t pretty enough to be on TV? We’re inspired by Oprah’s decision to overcome her obstacles and keep taking the necessary steps to become the unstoppable force she is today.

Do you have dreams people have convinced you not to pursue?

Vincent Van Gogh

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We all know Vincent Van Gogh as one of the most famous painters in the world. During his life, however, Van Gogh only sold one painting! Even though he never experienced any success in art while he was alive, he painted over 900 pieces. Van Gogh inspires us because he persisted through his perceived failure and ended up leaving the world a legacy of beauty, complexity, and masterful artistry.

Do you have a dream that you can continue to pursue, even if you’re not currently receiving any external validation?

Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron is a fantastic actress. She’s also a strong and dedicated woman. When Theron was 15 years old, she witnessed her Mom shoot her Dad in the act of self-defense. Though this tragedy was traumatic for her, Theron did not allow it to immobilize her ambition. Eventually, Theron rose to A-list fame in Hollywood and became the first South African actress to win an Academy Award. Theron’s fierce focus and determination inspire us.

Do you have trauma you need to overcome in the pursuit of your dream?

Steven Spielberg

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One of young Steven Spielberg’s dreams was to go to film school at the University of Southern California. Knowing about him what we know now, that seems like a pretty easy dream to attain! Even so, Spielberg was rejected from USC . . . not once, but twice! Eventually, he got the last laugh when the university awarded him an honorary degree in 1994. We’re inspired by the fact that Spielberg just kept practicing his art even in the face of adversity. The more films he made, the better he got at making films!

Do you have a dream you can eventually attain through practicing your art or skill?

Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein didn’t speak for the first three years of his life. Some of his teachers assumed he was “slow,” while others thought he was lazy. He often seemed to be distracted by abstract concepts, which caused adults in his life to be frustrated with him. These experiences resulted in a lack of confidence that Einstein struggled with much of his life. Ultimately, when Einstein had the freedom to explore those concepts that fascinated him in his youth, he discovered the theory of Relativity! We’re inspired by Einstein’s ability to ponder complex ideas and trust his instincts despite others’ negative opinions.

Do you know a young person who seems to be struggling and could use a word of encouragement from you to keep pursuing their dream?

Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone is synonymous with names like Rocky and Rambo. He’s been impressing us with his physical prowess and ability to perform fight choreography with flair since 1976. Before that, Stallone suffered adversity at birth that is the cause of his slightly slurred speech and the “Sylvester Snarl” we’ve all come to recognize. Stallone’s mother suffered complications while in labor with him, which forced her doctor to use two pairs of forceps during his birth. The doctor accidentally severed a nerve during the procedure and caused paralysis in part of Stallone’s face. We’re inspired by how Stallone embraced his unique look and made part of his characters, as opposed to shying away from the camera.

Do you have some physical quality that you can work through to attain your dream?

Jim Carrey

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Most people don’t know that Jim Carrey had to drop out of school when he was 15 years old to support his family. Soon after, his entire family spent some time living in a van. Today, he’s one of the most successful Canadian artists of all time! We’re inspired by Carrey’s decision to continue to follow his dream of becoming a comedian.

Do you have a dream you could begin following today?


Celeb Facts - Celebrities Used Mortgages To Build Wealth

  1. You may have heard that Prince Harry and Meghan purchased a $14.6 million home in Santa Barbara, California. But did you hear the former royals obtained a $9 million mortgage for their new digs? If they got a 30-year loan like most, their payments would be approaching $50,000 a month.
  2. This musical duo Beyoncé and Jay Z are known to borrow millions of dollars for their luxury home purchases. Public records show the couple financing their $88 million mansion in Bel-Air with a $52.8 million mortgage from Goldman Sachs.
  3. The billionaire owner of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz, purchased himself a Malibu mansion recently for $85 million. He now has a 30-year mortgage from UBS Bank USA of $47.5 million. Katz's payments are more than $200,000 a month.
  4. After selling their previous pad, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend recently upsized to a Beverly Hills home costing $17.5 million. But the famous couple appears to be paying a mortgage like the rest of us. Teigen wrote on Twitter that they were indeed making payments on their California home.
  5. Charlie Sheen apparently had difficulty paying his mortgage. Sheen sold his Beverly Hills mansion at a massive loss, two years after facing foreclosure for reportedly owing more than $80,000 in back mortgage payments. The asking price was lowered five times before it finally sold, People reports.

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