Successful People Who Started From Nothing


In no particular order, here are a few of
the most successful people who started from the bottom! Wait until you hear how much credit card debt
the founder of Under Armour took on to start the company! 9 – Do Wong “Don” Chan
The founding father of Forever 21 wasn’t always rich. In 1981, Don and his wife, Jin Sook, emigrated
from South Korea to Los Angeles to pursue the American dream. When they got to the US, they were pretty
much broke. Don worked as a janitor, pumped gas, AND worked
in a coffee show to make ends meet. One day he realized that ALL the wealthy people
he encountered worked in fashion. So, he decided that he would get into fashion
too! In 1984, he and Jin Sook opened up a 900 square-foot
store in LA named Fashion 21. They had over $700,000 dollars in sales in
the first year. They decided to reinvest the money and opened
a new store in different locations every six months! Today, Forever 21 remains a family business. The stores bring in roughly $4.4 billion in
sales and the Changs have an estimated net worth of $6.1 billion dollars! Do us a quick favor, and hit that like button
right down there! 8 – Kevin Plank
Kevin Plank is the founder and CEO of Under Armour. However, it wasn’t all that long ago that
he was the average college football player who didn’t go pro. After college, he was worried about what his
next move was going to be. While he was in college he had made $20,000
dollars by selling t-shirts at concerts. However, he had bigger plans in mind. He wanted to solve the problem of heavy, sweat
soaked shirts athletes had to deal with. So in the summer of 1997, Plank started Under
Armour in a DC row house. Taking a leap of faith, Plank decided to take
on over $40,000 dollars in credit card debt! Plank’s risk paid off when he made his first
sale to Georgia Tech for about $17,000 dollars. After that first sale, two dozen NFL teams
wanted his shirts too. At the end of his second year, he had sold
$100,000 worth of products, and the rest is history! Today, with a net worth of over $2 billion
dollars, Plank is one of the living proofs of a self-made billionaire. If you’re enjoying this video, make sure
to click the subscribe button and also the notification bell! 7 – Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey has always been very open about his struggle with dyslexia and depression. And that’s just the tip of what he had to
deal with growing up! His family lived out of a yellow camper when
he was around 14 because his dad lost his job. He dropped out of high school as an early
teenager because everyone in his family had to get jobs. Carrey worked as a janitor for two years,
but it was kind of a blessing in disguise. There wasn’t much for Carrey to do after
work, except work on his comedy act. And it was in a time like this that his creativity
was born. However, despite opening for comedian Rodney
Dangerfield in the early 80s, Carrey didn’t hit it big until the mid 90s. Interestingly enough, in 1992 he wrote himself
a check for 10 million dollars and dated it 3 years in advance, for “services rendered”. This served him as a reminder to work hard. After over a decade of working in comedy clubs
and being on Television sporadically, Carrey finally hit it big. He landed his first box office hit with Ace
Ventura Pet Detective back in 1994. And he finally got his first 10 million dollar
check for his role in his 3rd big hit, Dumb and Dumber! And the year? 3 years after he wrote himself the check,
in 1995! 6 – Jay Z
Shawn Carter, or Jay-Z as we all know him by, recently became the first BILLIONAIRE
rapper. For a guy like him who was born and raised
in the Marcy projects, this is nothing short of amazing. His father left the family when he was 12
years old. This lead to 11 years of peddling let’s
just call it, illegal things. That’s until he decided that he was meant
for so much more, and that he wanted out of that game. He went to the same high school as Notorious
B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. Busta has said that the reason he raps so
fast was because of losing a battle between him and Jay in high school! Just like a lot of other rappers, Jay spent
a lot of his early career selling his own CD’s out of the trunk of his car. Jay, Damon Dash, and Kareem Burke created
Roc a fella Records. They also created the clothing line, Rocawear,
which they sold for 204 million dollars. Jay’s also gone on to have numerous other
successful business ventures, such as Roc Nation Sports and the 40/40 club. And oh yeah, did we mention Jay has gone on
to sell over 36 MILLION records? 5 – J.K Rowling J.K Rowling created a whole new world for
an entire generation! All at the same time while her own reality
wasn’t the best. If she could have simply Avada-Kedavraed her
troubles away, we probably wouldn’t have the Harry Potter series today! She left behind a difficult marriage in Argentina,
and made Scotland her home. But she had two of the most important things
with her. Her infant daughter and the first three chapters
of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone! Still, this was a point in her life where
Rowlings considered herself a failure. She described her economic status as being
poor as possible without actually being homeless. Despite her situation, she managed to complete
the first ever manuscript for Harry Potter in 1995. However, that didn’t mean success came quickly. Twelve different publishers rejected her book! But finally, in 1997 it happened. Bloomsbury, a publishing house in London,
gave Harry Potter the green light. That one chance is all it took for her to
move on from a life of poverty to being worth nearly $1 billion today. The only reason she’s not a billionaire? She lost her billionaire status by giving
away millions of dollars to charity! 4 – Kevin Hart Kevin Hart came from humble beginnings. He grew up poor and was raised in a single
parent household. He recalls how he slept in a bunk bed in the
hallway growing up. His dad missed a lot of his childhood. He was in and out of jail, and caused a lot
of trouble within the family. Kevin first tried the conventional college
route. But he eventually dropped out and got regular
jobs at sneaker stores to help his mom with bills. However, his instincts told him to follow
his dream. So he decided to go after stand-up comedy. When he first started as a comic, he was constantly
booed off the stage. His mom had agreed to pay his rent for a year
as he worked to get noticed. But things didn’t pick up quickly for him. From cancelled pilots to cancelled comedy
slots, he was used to rejection. He almost decided to give it all up. But Hart never gave up. It took years of doing comedy clubs and appearing
in many small movie roles until his career started blowing up. Kevin Hart became a huge success despite all
the setbacks! He was finally able to beat the odds to make
it to where he is today. Now he easily commands over 10 million dollar
a movie. To this day still works as hard as he did
back before he made his millions! 3 – Guy Laliberte If you love Cirque du Soleil, then you have
Guy Laliberte to thank! This space-travelling-circus CEO started out
as a street performer. He became inspired to become a performer after
his parents took him to watch the Ringling Brothers. So at the age of 18, he left Canada to hitchhike
and perform across Europe. He earned money playing his accordion and
met street performers who taught him the arts of fire-eating and stilt walking! And that’s how he met his future business
partners who shared his aspirations to create Cirque du Soleil. It took a few years, but eventually, the circus
was a moderate success in Europe. In 1985 Cirque began touring North America. The success of the company grew rapidly, and
by the early 90s, Cirque du Soleil was a hit in Asia as well! The company was offered a permanent residence
at Treasure Island in Las Vegas in 1993. That first show was Mystere, a show that’s
still running to this day. And the reason why Laliberte is so rich today? They negotiated to retain all creative control
and ownership of all the performances! Today, he still owns 80% of the company and
is easily worth over a billion dollars. How many street performers go from earning
a few dollars a day to becoming a billionaire? 2 – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran wasn’t always the confident performer we know him to be today. Way before you heard his songs on the radio,
he struggled! As a musician AND as an adolescent! Ed was bullied in school after a botched surgery
that left him with a lazy eye. The color of his hair wasn’t any help either. Neither was his stutter, or oversized glasses! However, it all changed one day. He had discovered Eminem and was fascinated
at how fast Eminem could rap. With enough practice rapping to ‘The Marshall
Mathers LP, he soon was able to rap as fast as Eminem! And his stutter also went away! He started performing wherever he could. He played on the streets and anywhere he was
paid in meals. He talked about how he often had to sleep
in many different places. Usually it was a friend’s couch, but he’d
even sleep in a park after playing a show! Some nights, he was without money or food. However, contrary to popular belief, he was
never homeless! Today his net worth is estimated at over 100
million and he’s one of the most famous musicians in the world! 1 – John Paul Dejoria
You’ve heard of Patron tequila right? Or what about Paul Mitchell products? Those products are the brainchild of John
Paul Dejoria! He’s a billionaire and philanthropist who
was raised in a single-parent household. His first gig was selling Christmas cards
door to door, along with a paper route. And this was at the age of 9! Because his family was poor, college wasn’t
an option. So he joined the Navy instead. And that wasn’t the best option for him
either. Over the next few years, he worked numerous
odd jobs, none of which lasted long enough. However, things began to change for him in
1980. Even though he was living out of his car,
he managed to get a loan of $700 to start John Paul Mitchell Systems. With co-founder Paul Mitchell, they began
a company that generates over a billion dollars in revenue per year today! In 1989, he also co-founded another mega business
hit, Patron Tequila. Fast forward to 2018, and his company sold
off Patron to Bacardi for 5.1 billion dollars! Today, his net worth is well over 3 billion
dollars and growing! Watch this next video to find out how millionaire
playboys blow their money!

14 thoughts on “Successful People Who Started From Nothing

  1. I really like hearing about stories involving people who don't forget where they came from and "give back" in some way, like with Ms. Rowling. Thanks for the inspiring video!

  2. If you believe in yourself & work hard enough, then it doesn't matter anymore who you were when you started!

  3. lol at anyone watching this video and thinking – yeah, I'm gonna make it ))

  4. IMPOSSIBLE to some people is IM POSSIBLE… DONT worry your time is also coming

  5. These people are examples that you donโ€™t have to come from a different planet to make it big in life. Donโ€™t ever give up! – the most common but the most important lesson for everyone.

  6. JIM CARREY 1990-1994 You just skipped the H3!! out of this era. Seriously? Nevermind I'll do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gntgvQ76tHA

  7. Im going through the rough stages of my journey this very moment. Im losing everything in the mist. But I have to keep going. I believe what I have is amazing. And im willing to eat potato chips and sleep on the floor for months for it. The world will know me. I bet my life on that.

  8. The secret of success is leaverage. You have the will is power. You have a dream or vision is power. What makes success work is people. Are you the quitting kind!! God forgive me I have fallen short and my time is running out.

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