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9 Moving Stories From People Who Turned Struggles Into Silver Linings

Hardships are a part of life and sometimes we can’t control them. However, it is important to realize that they don’t last forever. We can either deal with them by ourselves or we can count on the help of good people in our lives. The content of this article is proof that things really do get better!

Bright Side stands for positivity and optimism, and that’s why it is important for us to share these 9 anecdotes from people whose stories have happy endings! There are a few very inspiring bonus stories at the end, so don’t miss them.

Due to a lack of funding, Walt Disney had to declare bankruptcy just a year after opening his company. But he didn’t let that knock him down. He spent the last bit of money he had to buy a ticket to Hollywood, and the rest is history.

When Michael Jordan was a sophomore in high school he didn’t get selected for the basketball team. He used that as motivation to work harder and it paid off as he went on to win 6 NBA rings.

Sylvester Stallone had people telling him that he wasn’t going to make it. At the lowest point of his life, he wrote the script for Rocky and offered the rights to it for $350,000, but refused to sell it unless he also got the starring role.

Jim Carrey and his dad lived in a van and were poor. Carrey quit school at 15 to begin working as a janitor and then at a tire factory to help support his family. His tough childhood didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greats in Hollywood and his legacy will live on forever.

Steve Jobs got fired from his own company. He said that that was the best thing that ever happened to him, because it set him free and let him enter into the most creative period of his life. His return to Apple was proof of that.

Albert Einstein skipped classes and used to copy notes so he could pass his exams. After graduating, he couldn’t get a job in physics for 2 years. But despite all that, he won a Nobel Prize and his name is synonymous with genius.

Tom Cruise had a tough upbringing with his father being abusive and living in poverty. When he was 12 he managed to escape along with his mother and sister. Cruise went on to become one of the most successful actors.

Oprah Winfrey endured a terrible childhood, which included physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and poverty up until the age of 13 when she finally ran away from home and went to live with her father. He made her focus on education and her path to an amazing career began once she got accepted to Tennessee State University.

Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times, even he himself rejected it, but his wife persisted. He never stopped writing and eventually he became the man he is today.

And here are the bonus stories we promised:

Chris had one year left to live, so his 2 friends Dillon and Clay quit college to help him with his bucket list. Dillon received an award for their story, which reached 11,000 people and one of them saved Chris’ life by donating their bone marrow.

She waited years for this beautiful moment.

We encourage you all to share your hardships with us in the comments and tell us how you overcame them. You never know how much someone reading this might need it!

Please note: This article was updated in April 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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