While rejection can truly feel devastating when it strikes, remember that some of the most successful and famous celebrities worldwide have failed, and often failed more than once, in their lives. Those individuals have fought against all odds and tried to overcome the adversities thrown their way in order to taste the sweet tang of success.

There is an abundance of such stories that can inspire you in life and enable you to turn your struggles into success. These stories come with life-changing lessons that will help you utilize your failures in the past to thrive in your future.

Many famous celebrities have started from a humble background and moved from rags to riches. These stories affirm that nothing in life is unachievable if you put your heart in it. If they can do it, so can you. Here are some life-changing lessons to learn from the success stories of 5 famous celebrities that will help you remain focused on your goals and not give up easily:

Leonardo DiCaprio

Have you envied Leonardo DiCaprio for leading a perfect life? Little did you know, though, that he started out on the streets of Los Angeles as a poor kid. DiCaprio realized at an early age that he wanted to escape from those dangerous alleyways that were marked by heroin abuse.

His mother pulled him out of high school and put him in an acting class. The film This Boy’s Life (1992) helped DiCaprio move forward in his journey towards a successful career. DiCaprio is one of the most well-known and praised actors in the filming industry, and he loves what he does. Along with being a successful actor, he has also worked as a film producer with many famous directors.

DiCaprio understands that failures are a part and parcel of life. In spite of losing an Oscar, he didn’t stop making efforts to make his next big movie. It is essential that whatever you do in life, you should be passionate about it. Finding what you love will encourage you to work harder towards achieving your desired goals and prevent you from giving up or quitting quickly.

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along than most people in life.” – Leonardo Dicaprio

When it comes to achieving success, many people equate it with fame and money. However, DiCaprio believes otherwise. He believes that being successful is about doing something that has a positive impact on others. When Leo won an Oscar, he shifted the limelight from himself to raise awareness about the environmental issues and potential threats the world is facing today.

When moral declines and good men do nothing, evil flourishes. A society unwilling to learn from the past is doomed. We must never forget our history. We must never lower our guard.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

He genuinely tries to use his position to address world problems and works to make this world a better place to live. You can do the same. Being successful is not always about power, awards, money, or fame; sometimes it is the ability to serve others for a bigger and better cause.

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey was born in rural Mississippi and into poverty. She was sexually abused at the age of 14 and became pregnant at the same. She then lived with her father and began co-anchoring at a radio station at the age of 19. She then started to thrive socially and academically thanks to her father’s sense of structure and direction.

She secured a full scholarship to a reputable school – Tennessee State University. However, she left school early to work at Nashville’s WLAC-TV. After being sexually harassed and getting fired, she then went onto hosting AM Chicago. She successfully boosted this third-rated local talk show in the first place. Not long after, she launched her own production company, The Oprah Winfrey Show. The rest is history.

In the speech that Oprah delivered at the Wellesley College in 1997, she said, You will be wounded many times in your life, you will make mistakes, and some people will call you a failure, but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, ‘Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.’

You might face many setbacks, failures, problems, and adversities when you are on your life’s journey. However, it is important to convert the challenges thrown your way into your stepping stones and move towards achieving success – one step at a time.

Oprah believes that rising to a level where she can say no without feeling guilty about it and be completely comfortable with herself are some of the greatest successes she has achieved. Learn to demand respect, and most importantly, learn to respect yourself.

When you have more respect for yourself and you put yourself in a position where you feel your sense of value or worth, that’s how you know you’re on the right path.” – Oprah Winfrey

Kelly Clarkson

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The singer-songwriter, Kelly Clarkson, won the first season of American Idol in 2002. At first, she came across as a cheery and bright person who had huge dreams to fulfill. However, after she ascended in the music industry to the top, she showed a completely different side of herself to her fans and the world when she released Because of You in 2004.

While the song was a hit and sold over 2 million digital downloads in the US, the emotional and heartbreaking lyrics hinted at the sad past of the singer. “I’m forced to fake, a smile, a laugh every day of my life. My heart can’t possibly break when it wasn’t even whole to start with…” Kelly sings in one verse.

This painful ballad is about Kelly’s biological father and her parent’s messy divorce. One true life lesson to learn from Kelly’s success in life is that it is important to turn your weakness into your strength. As Kelly sings in one of her other songs, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Be persistent in life and use your failures and weaknesses to catapult yourself to higher ground.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that Hollywood and the music industry place an emphasis on appearances. Unfortunately, Kelly knows this all too well as she has been body-shamed throughout her music career.

Kelly said that even at her skinniest, she was fat-shamed. During her time at American Idol, people would say mean things to her just because she was bigger than other girls. Fortunately, Kelly never paid any attention to her haters and we advise you to do the same.

I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more about if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good. That’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family – I don’t seek out any other acceptance.” – Kelly Clarkson

Jim Carrey

While you might only see Jim Carrey as an animated comedian and actor who is highly energetic at all times, there is much more to learn from his inspiring journey to success. The face behind The Mask has seen plenty of problems and setbacks in life. For part of his childhood, Jim Carrey lived in a van.

Carry was brought up in Newmarket, Ontario. He and his three siblings lived a middle-class, ordinary life. After his father lost his job, they lost their home and resided in a van. Carrey worked as a janitor, a security guard, and even a factory worker. He took any and all odd jobs he could find.

Carrey delivered his first stage act in Toronto, which didn’t go very well and left him devastated. After his father found a stable job, they once again moved into a house. This provided Carrey with enough time to polish his skills. Soon, Rodney Dangerfield noticed Carrey and signed him to open for his tour performances.

Carrey’s career then advanced rapidly. He progressed from living in a van and working at odd jobs to dwelling in a California mansion. While his journey wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, he gained enough strength during his struggles that kept him from giving up on his ambitions in life.

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.” – Jim Carrey

Sylvester Stallone

After the remarkable success of the Rocky franchise, Sylvester Stallone became a well-known actor for decades. Like many other actors in the filming industry, Stallone has also experienced his share of immense struggles. At one point in his life, he was completely broke.

He then experienced some of the lowest moments in his life as he sold his dog, along with his wife’s jewelry. He didn’t have enough money to feed his pet. After a few weeks had passed since these tragic circumstances occurred, Stallone watched a Mohammed Ali boxing match.

The match inspired him greatly, and as a result, he wrote Rocky. He was so highly motivated that he actually finished writing the entire script for the film in less than a day! While the studios were greatly impressed by Stallone’s script, they weren’t pleased with the idea of him being the main lead in the film.

He rejected more than 300,000 dollars as he knew in his heart that Rocky was his ticket to great success. After being paid only $35,000 for his script, Sylvester Stallone went on to make history. The movie grossed 225 million dollars and it got nominated for multiple Oscars. Moreover, Rocky yielded six sequels.

This success story teaches the greatest life lesson of all; always believe in yourself.

 “For every guy, there is an opportunity to be a lot better than he thought he could be. We can’t all be the star of a team, but we can be a star in our life. That’s where you set a goal.” – Sylvester Stallone

Just because you’re going through a rough time right now, doesn’t mean you should give up on your dreams. Hardships are the best teachers. They teach you persistence. If you’ll never fall down, how will you ever learn to get back up? Every time you successfully pick yourself up, remember you have learned one more way to tackle with the problems life is throwing at you!

No one will hit you harder than life itself. It doesn’t matter how hard you hit back. It’s about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That’s how you win.” – Sylvester Stallone

Remember, wealth is not the most essential factor that contributes to your happiness; achieving your dreams is. Your dream might not result in fame or status and it may lie in simple pleasures. Whatever your goal in life is and whatever stands in your path to achieving them, remember, you can overcome it.

Let the success stories of the aforementioned celebrities remind you that without struggle, there is no progress. Starting ordinary doesn’t mean you can’t acquire the extraordinary! Let these stories be a reminder that you too have the potential for success and greatness – only if you put your mind to it!