Most Awe-Inspiring Rags-To-Riches Success Stories of All Time


When you are in need of some dose of inspiration to make your dreams come true, you better get them from these folks who coupled their desire to succeed with lots of hard work. Successful people generally aim high, grab opportunities, give their best shot, and take failure as a challenge to work their way to where they are right now. Perhaps, they have lived by the saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

The following prominent figures had less than a lemon to start out with on their hands yet they all now have made names in their respective industries, thanks to their perseverance, commitment, and hard work as they climbed to the top.

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Oprah Winfrey

Being one of the most influential women in the world, Oprah was a daughter of a housemaid and a coal miner, who definitely did not grow in the lap of luxury. Living the life of poverty and being a product of a broken family, she had many painful childhood memories where she used to have to wear dresses made out of potato sacks and was also molested by her mother’s relatives. At 14, she went out of her way to live with her father, who was so strict and would not accept anything less than what he thought was the best for her.

Despite all these odds, she was really destined to succeed because as she grew up, fate seemed to work her way. She then pursued her studies, became an honor student, won a scholarship, and became the first African-American woman to become a news anchor, all at the age of 19.

She later became the host for an early morning talk show named “AM Chicago,” which was later renamed to “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” From then on, she continuously reaps whatever hard work and passion she planted in the past.

Indra Nooyi

In 2006, she became PepsiCo’s first female CEO, as well as its first CEO not born in the U.S. Believing that she needed to work twice as hard as males or any counterparts, Nooyi came from a middle-class family where life was either too difficult or too easy.

When she moved to the US in pursuit of a management degree without much funds left for her education. To help her in this struggle, she then worked as a receptionist from midnight to sunrise to earn enough to buy her first suit for a job interview and to pay for her college fees.

All her sacrifices and hard work paid off, especially when she landed positions at different multinational companies until she joined PepsiCo as CEO.

Walt Disney

rags to riches 2Everyone’s childhood would seem to be less memorable and exciting without this genius of a man. Walt Disney was brought up on a farm where he used to draw pictures for his neighbors for money. He was jobless for quite some time as he was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas”.

This feedback didn’t mess up with his burning desire to continue doing what he loved until he made a name. He went from rags to riches by starting out with advertisements and going on to animating his own cartoons, thanks to Mickey Mouse and all the other Disney animals that made him rich and famous.

Steve Jobs

rags to riches 3Who would have thought that the American business mandate, inventor, industrial designer, and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was given away for adoption by his biological parents? His interest and passion in electronics sprouted after his foster dad showed him the joys of technical tinkering in their garage. Since his education did cost his foster parents a lot, he decided to drop out of college. He used to survive life then by returning soda bottles for money and living on free meals at the Hare Krishna temple.

From being a technician in Atari, Inc. to becoming the CEO of Apple Inc, Jobs managed to establish an era of Apple and personal computers that made him successful in his own might.

Most of his habits are actually patterned like what those other successful businessmen in the IT industry usually do. He, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg have a lot of things in common.

Truly, there was no looking back for these successful people with regard to their past life and current social status. All they have right now is a heart to help other people achieve their dreams and yes, pass the good deeds and fortune from one generation to another.

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