20 People Who Overcame Tremendous Obstacles To Make It Big
by Kai / November 30, 2016
They say 97% percent of people give up on their dreams and entrepreneurial aspirations to work for the 3% who didn't. It might be easy to look at the people on the list and think they had it all figured out but all of them had a tough journey to get to where they are today. They show that with hard work and perseverance, you can achieve almost anything.
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She is one of the most well-known, if not THE most well-known, writer out there. Most of us have read her Harry Potter novels several times and watched the movies just the same amount. Before she became the creator of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, however, she was a single mother on welfare that was suffering from depression. Nonetheless, she never gave up, even after her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times by publishers. The Harry Potter series, today, has sold more than 400 million copies! Would hate to be one of those publishers that rejected her.
Everyone knows the popular single, "Happy" as Despicable Me 2's theme song. But did you know that that when Pharrell applied for "Happy" to be the anthem of the movie, he was rejected 9 times? However, that only made him work harder, changing his approach to "feeling" the song instead of "thinking" it.
Who doesn't know who Steve Jobs is? He's the creator of Apple, creator of the smartphone that we see practically in everyone's hands today. Funny thing is, he was forced out of his own company in the past. He returned 12 years later and turned it around to be one of the richest companies in the US and create a new and very strong brand identity.
Before "Honest Abe" became one of the most beloved and remembered presidents in American History, he lost 7 elections. He lost elections for legislature, speaker, congress, land officer, senate, and even vice president. He probably would have never guessed that his face would one day be printed onto currency.