9 Famous People Who Almost Didn’t Reach Their Dream Career

celebs beat odds“Never give up.” It’s probably one of the most cliché phrases you’ll hear as you’re building your career. But there’s a reason these sayings are clichés—you never know when success really does lie around the next corner.

We know believing that is easier said than done, so—just in time to see a lot of shiny, happy people accept their Oscars onstage—we collected the following stories of famous celebrities who definitely never gave up, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, for starters ...

All these folks are now household names, but they didn’t become one easily. Some lived in their car, others suffered family abuse, and almost all encountered rejection after rejection professionally and personally—before finally landing a foot in the door. Read on and get inspired!

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  • DonnaRoberts

    Glad to hear that all these “takers” finally amounted to something! So why do we condemn people currently on welfare and such…do we know that they will never amount to anything and will always be latched onto the government teat??

  • lalaj

    very inspiring!

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  • terrilynnmerritts

    Those who want good guidance on how to form a plan and craft the path to succeed at it step-by-step should read Barbara Sher’s “Wishcraft.” You can find it used, new, at the bookstore, or read it free at http://www.wishcraft.com

  • Joe Brown

    Hi Erin, great article, there’s some really inspirational people there! And many lessons to learn from each. Also, thanks for the link back, would love to co-operate again in the future. If so, drop me an email at: Joe@onelifesuccess.net