An ordinary man, while reading newspaper in the morning and having a cup of tea often touts the celebrities for being extremely rich and powerful. What he doesn’t seem to know about them is the fact that the celebrities who are scintillating like a diamond now, are the same people who were once obfuscated with pain!
Robert Kiyosake, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad quoted, “We’ve all heard stories of lottery winners, rock stars, heirs and heiresses, and professional athletes becoming millionaire morons who wake up rich but are broke by nightfall”.
This quote is indeed true, for behind every successful person, there’s always some bleak scar which had the audacity of arousing the best from the person, who might think that he/she isn’t capable of doing it in the first place.
To top it all, what follows after this are 10 homeless people who tasted the highest level of success by becoming a millionaire.
- Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison was an American singer and a song writer and is remembered as the lead singer of the ‘doors’. He used to be homeless and slept in just about any place. It was his hard work and determination which made him one of the leading singers in America.
- Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin used to sleep in cold streets before he came to be recognized as the king of the silent era.
He quoted, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in a long- shot. To truly laugh; you must be able to take your pain and play with it”.
At the age of 18, Jewel dreamt of a virtuous music career. She was an ordinary girl until her debut album, ‘pieces of you’ became one of the best- selling debut albums of all times selling over 1 a whopping 5 million copies.
- Steve Harvey
In the 80’s, life wasn’t offering happiness to Harvey. But he had faith that even in his darkest hours; he can turn around the wheel of wretchedness. Years rolled by and he transformed himself into a major radio personality. He is presently a radio and a TV show host, and has hosted the game show ‘Family Feud’.
Poverty, homelessness and lack of food were the constant hardships for Beck before he released the gold hit ‘Loser’. This hit was aired on MTV and probably saved Beck from further devastation. His lyrics were inspired by the rough time he endured way back, such as “I am a loser baby, why don’t you kill me”.
- Axl Rose
This famous rock star used to sleep on his friend’s floor before he made it big.
Rose found a blissful element in music from an early age, and is presently a lead vocalist of the rock band ‘Guns N Roses’.
- Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of the Apple Inc. Before being known as the father of the I-phone, he was broke and homeless.
“Stay hungry, stay foolish “is what Steve Jobs advised the graduating class of Stanford university.
- Jennifer Lopez
Way before Jennifer became a fashion icon; she used to sleep on a sofa, in her dance studio, for her mom didn’t agree with her career choices. She wanted to pursue dancing as a career and had a hard-knock life before she became one of the most admired music stars.
- David Letterman
Money didn’t pave a way for David Letterman, it was perhaps his hard work which did that. He had to deal with hard times in his life before he became one of the most influential TV hosts and comedians in America.
At the age of 10, he decided to leave his house and remained homeless for quite a long time. He did many jobs until he came up with his own secret recipe and became the father of KFC.
Perhaps for climbing a ladder, we need to take further steps. Not every step promises happiness, but eventually by the last step, happiness finds a way towards us.
Life has to be a mixture of tartness and elatedness, for one can’t taste success without having a spoon of desolation.