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Rags to Riches Success Stories — Part 2

If you just read the motivating stories from "Rags to Riches Success Stories — Part 1", I'm sure you're looking forward to what's ahead of you here.

And you should be.

The success stories below are exemplary and uncommon tales of rags to riches glory: 

Lived in a Van, Worked at an "After-School" Factory Job

"We lived in a van for a while, and we worked all together as security guards and janitors" — that's what he says as he reminisces about living with his dad, who had just lost his job at the age of 51. Jim Carrey had to work after school at a factory to help keep their heads above the water. This was when he was 12 by the way.

But that didn't stifle the big dreams in his head — he even wrote himself a check for $10 million, "for acting services rendered" and dated it for Thanksgiving 1995. By 1995, he had acted in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, The Mask and Liar, Liar. By this point his "per-movie" earnings had jumped to $20 million. His net worth is now over $150 million.

That should help get your inspiration juices going.

If you need that "grain of rice that tips the scale", check out these grains of inspiration below:

Man of Steel

As a child, Andrew Carnegie belonged to an extremely poor Irish immigrant family. He wrote that he'd sleep to "forget the misery of hunger". He went on to build and sell his steel company to JP Morgan for $480 million (the equivalent of approximately $13.6 billion today). 

Eskimo Jewels

Jewel Kilcher grew up on a farm with no running water and started performing at the age of 6 in Eskimo villages and local attractions. She lived in her car after she graduated high school, but continued to create the turning-point album Pieces of You in 1995, and now she's worth over $30 million.

Bean-counting Industrial Age Genius

JD Rockefeller was perhaps the poorest of all of them, living in a family of 8, minus one absent father. He traveled to the city only to be rejected from every job he applied to. As a young man of resolve, he decided to take his list of companies that rejected him, and start over again until one accepted him. It worked. He began his first job as an assistant bookkeeper at a small produce firm, making 50 cents a day. At his next position he bought the company out which set off a domino effect of expansion to the point of a net worth of over $330 billion (adjusted for inflation).

The Horror King

Stephen King was also abandoned by his father at the age of 2. His mother couldn't find work for years, and King reported to have lived off of the kindness of his relatives. He found himself in a similar plight after marrying his wife, and they lived from paycheck to paycheck, as he wrote feverishly, desperately hoping for a breakthrough. His first novel Carrie was rejected dozens of times before it was accepted in 1973. After this breakthrough he continued to write over 40 books, boosting his net worth to over $200 million.

 

Notes

Jim Carrey Sources: Jim Carrey: The Joker is Wild: The Trials and Triumphs of Jim Carrey

Andrew Carnegie Sources: Andrew Carnegie, by David Nasaw; Wikipedia 

Jewel Kilcher Sources: Encyclopedia.com

JD Rockefeller Sources: Titan, by Ron Chernow; Wikipedia

Stephen King Sources: Daily Mail

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