Jim Carrey, Bethany Hamilton, Richard Branson, and Oprah Winfrey – completely different individuals but they share something in common: unbelievably humbling past. If other celebrities and well-known influential people have had a smooth-sailing life, these four icons on their respective fields had to face obstacles early on their lives before achieving massive success.
Comedy icon Jim Carrey did not have a light-hearted and laughter-filled life before hitting big in Hollywood. In an interview with James Lipton, Carrey revealed that during his teenage years, his family belonged to lower to middle class poor and that they had to live in a van. The 15-year-old Carrey had to stop attending school just to support his family, and adding insult to injury, his father, a musician, was unemployed during that time. His father drove the young Carrey to comedy bars in Toronto, Canada to perform comedy bits. The trying and challenging teenage life of Carrey did not stop him from pursuing his dreams. The hardships of the comedian paid off when he started to make a name for himself in the motion picture industry, becoming one of the most prolific comedians of his generation.
Surfing is the greatest passion of Bethany Hamilton. She started riding the waves of Hawaii at an early age, winning her first trophy when she was only eight. However, she faced an almost dead-end to her young career when in 2003 a shark attacked her while surfing, losing her left arm. Instead of giving up her dreams and passion, she started riding her board barely a month after the incident. Two years after losing her left arm, she bagged the first place in the Explorer Women’s Division of the NSSA National Championships. Bethany’s inspirational life experiences were immortalized in several books and a feature film.
The seventh richest man in the United Kingdom, Sir Richard Branson, was not the brightest student in class when he was a kid. Suffering from dyslexia, Branson was not naturally smart when it comes to academics, but he has the natural talent and ability when it comes to business-making. One of the most successful business moguls today, Branson started in the world of business when he was only 16, founding a magazine called ‘Student’. Then, he founded Virgin Records. From then on, his Virgin Group grew larger and larger, now comprising of at least 400 companies.
Before becoming the highest-paid television entertainer, Oprah Winfrey had her fair share of life struggles when she was young. Growing up in Wisconsin, USA, Winfrey was a victim of molestation by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. After running away from her home, she gave birth at the young age of 14, but her baby boy died shortly after. Needless to say, Oprah had tragic years behind her, but this did not stop her from achieving her dreams. She is one of today’s most influential women, being a successful TV host, media proprietor, producer, and philanthropist.
If you own an HR support business and the numbers for the past several months have not been very convincing, you should never think about giving up—especially if you haven’t done everything yet. Running and managing an HR-related business is no easy task; it is challenging to say the least. So if you are thinking about giving up, think again.
There’s no shortcut to success when it comes to running an HR support agency. There will ups and downs and several speed bumps along the way but these things should not discourage you. Whenever you’re feeling down and out, just remember the motivational and inspirational stories of the celebrities mentioned above.