Remember anyone saying, “Never give up.” It’s probably one of the most cliché phrases you will hear while you are building your dream career. But do you know that there’s a reason behind these sayings are clichés— because you never know when “your” success really does lie around the next corner.
We know believing that it’s easier to say than doing, so we have brought the following stories of some famous celebs who never gave up.
Now, these folks are common household names, but they didn’t become one so easily. Some lived in their old car, while another suffered from family abuse, and almost all of them encountered rejection after rejection professionally and even personally until finally, they landed a foot on the steps of success. Read on and get inspired!
1. J.K. Rowling
Rowling had just got the divorce, being on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her child in 1994. It was just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor that she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of xeroxing the 90,000-word novel, hence she has to manually type out each version to send it to publishers. Sadly it was rejected dozens of times until finally London’s small publisher Bloomsbury, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight-year-old daughter fell in love with it.
2. Stephen King
Stephen King was broke- struggling when he was first trying to write. He lived in a trailer with his wife, also trying to be a writer and they both together worked at multiple jobs to support their family while they were trying to pursue their craft. They were so poor that they even had to borrow clothes for their wedding and had to got rid of the telephone because it was too expensive for them.
Initially, Stephen King received so many rejection letters for his works that he even developed a system for collecting them. In his book On Writing, he writes: “By the time I was 14…the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” He received almost 60 rejections before selling his first short story, “The Glass Floor,” for just $35. Even his now best-selling book, Carrie, was not a hit at first. After dozens of rejections, he finally sold it for a scanty advance to Doubleday Publishing, where the hardback was sold only 13,000 copies not a great one. Soon after that, though, Signet Books signed on for the paperback rights of $400,000, $200,000 of which went to finally lucky man King. Hence success achieved!
3. Jim Carrey
When Carrey was just 14 years old, his father lost his job, and his family was having rough times. They moved into a VW van on a relative’s lawn, that was time when the young aspiring comedian—who was so dedicated to his craft that he pooled a mail of his resume to The Carroll Burnett Show just a few years earlier, at the age of 10—took eight-hours-per-day factory job after his school to help make his family’s ends meet.
When he turned 15, Carrey performed his first comedy routine onstage—in a suit which his mom made for him—and he totally bombed, but still he was undeterred. The next year, at the age of 16, he quit his school to focus on comedy for a full-time. He moved to LA shortly after that, where he parked on Mulholland Drive every night and visualize his future success. On one of these nights, he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for “Thanksgiving” 1995. Surprisingly just before that date, he made a hit, with his payday — Dumb and Dumber. Carrey put the deteriorated check, which he use to keep in his wallet the whole time– in his father’s casket.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was not always such a stand out lead actor.When he was growing up DiCaprio was exposed to drug use, prostitution, crime, and violence while living in a rough and poor area near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. He described his old neighborhood like a scene similar to that of “Taxi Driver” show. When he turned to the age of 15 he went up to his mom and said,”I want to be an actor, so please take me to acting lessons.” Now we all know that everything else is just a history.