These celebs weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They climbed their way up to the ladder to reach their dreams and aspirations. Learn how they make it through the years and get some dose of inspiration from their success stories.
Born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, actor, and comedian James Eugene Carrey had a rough start in life. In his early years at school, he described himself as quiet and having no friends. Yet, he discovered that he could make friends by making people laugh. That was his turning point. But the results weren’t all positive.
One teacher wrote on his report card: “Jim finishes his work first and then disrupts the class.” It’s really like how he turned a weakness or a bad occurrence into something beautiful that would even make him shine someday. Just taking things lightly, that incident didn’t stop him from doing what he liked. At home, he thoroughly enjoyed making faces and mimicking in his mirror.
He spent many years of his adolescence living with his family in a Volkswagen van. As years passed, he moved on to live in a tent on his sister’s front yard lawn. Despite all these downfalls, he always believed in magic.
Carrey’s optimism and tenacity eventually paid off as he is probably one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood having been selected for four Golden Globe Awards nominations and winning two. His vibrant, energetic, and slapstick performances have ensured him a spot among the biggest movie stars in the history of Hollywood, not to mention his net worth now at $150 million.
She’s one of the world’s most successful singers of our time and has one of the greatest success stories ever told. This veteran music maker and singer actually had a very rough life growing up. Before winning all of her Grammy Awards as a great singer, Dion grew up poor being one of fourteen children in her Canadian family.
At the age of 12, together with the help of her mother and one of her brothers, Celine wrote her first song, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” (It Was Only a Dream), and sent a demo recording of the track to René Angélil, a well-respected talent manager who previously managed the careers of two successful Quebec entertainers, René Simard and Ginette Reno.
He was, at the time, considering retiring from show business but, after having listened to the demo, immediately invited Celine to his office where she was asked to perform for him. The late impresario later recalled how he was moved to tears by the young girl’s voice and that he decided on the spot that he would make her a star.
Her road to success and to becoming the world’s best-selling female vocalist of all time, however, were neither an easy one. When she started her career in her native Quebec, no record label was particularly enthusiastic about signing a teenage girl who sang love songs. This led René to mortgage his house to finance the recording of her first two records which both went on to top the local charts.
To date, Dion has a whopping net worth of $630 million, not to mention his husband’s $400 million. That’s a huge amount of money! Plus, her marriage also unfolds a wonderful story, which could only prove that yes, “We can have the best of both worlds.”
The 42-year-old actor Leonardo DiCaprio was not always such a stand out lead actor. Growing up he was exposed to drug use, prostitution, crime, and violence while living in a rough area near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. He described his old neighborhood like a scene out of “Taxi Driver” show. At 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.”
He never ran out of ways on how to make his dreams come true. He sharpened his skills, tapped his potentials, and nurtured himself to be the best that he could. The rest, as they say, is history.
However, he insisted that it’s not wealth and success that make him happy, but rather ensuring he’s lived an interesting life and contributed something to the world. In an interview, the Titanic star admitted, “I’ve been very lucky to have achieved a lot of the things that I dreamed of achieving as a young man.”
After reading all their success stories, we know you’ve come to realize that it is really possible to achieve all our wildest dreams. What we need is just a handful of faith, patience, hard work, commitment, and perfect timing. From now on, continue to aim high and work harder!
After all, success begins the moment you say yes to an opportunity and decide to make things work for you and your plans.