10 success stories of celebs who once had nothing to spend

Ezra Finch
4 min readMar 31, 2022

We often start the year in good spirits with plans and goals that we will then really realize in the coming year. But secretly we lost hope again at the beginning of January. Do you also need a kick in the ass? These success stories inspire you to achieve your goals in 2022.

The celebrities and entrepreneurs featured in this article may have made it now, but they certainly haven’t always been. A nice reminder that success does not just happen and that you have to work hard to achieve your goals.

Inspirational success stories

From jail time to living on the street and from Elon Musk to Leonardo DiCaprio, these ten success stories are hugely motivating.

1. Elon Musk

The richest person in the world has not always been rich. A few weeks ago, he reminded everyone in a tweet that it has also been different. Read more about Elon Musk’s inspiring story here .

I came to the US with no money & graduated with over $100k in debt, despite scholarships & working 2 jobs while at school

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2021

2. Ed Sheeran

Back in the day, few people believed in Ed Sheeran. He received rejection after rejection from record companies. For two and a half years he slept on the couches of friends and sometimes even on the street, trying to make it as a musician.

In the Man Man Man podcast special with Ed Sheeran , he says that he was almost about to give up on his dreams, but that just when the big break came: a record company wanted to work with him. Today he is one of the most successful pop stars in the world.

3. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg dropped out of school at age 14 to sell drugs on the street. He was also addicted to cocaine, which turned him violent and ended up in prison at 17. There he realized that he had to change his life. He is now a successful actor with a net worth of 264.5 million euros.

4. Jay Z

Jay Z also made his first money by selling drugs. He may be a billionaire now, but the rapper had a rough childhood in suburban…

Ezra Finch