True Inspiration: Once Homeless, today they’re successful people
This isn’t just another inspirational article that should make you think about life for a while and then continue with whatever you were doing. The following stories are a proof that you can never know where life will take you. One can literally be a homeless person and struggle for food in one moment, and after that, the same person can be a Harvard University graduate with bright future, home, money and success.
1 From Homeless to Harvard
Liz Murray was born in 1980 in New York City in a family where both parents were drug addicts. It seemed that she was pre-destined to have a difficult life. When Liz was 5, her mother died from AIDS, and her father, who was also HIV positive was forced to move to a shelter center. It meant only one thing – Liz and her sister became homeless children. It was a hard life for both of them; struggling for food and sleeping on benches or on 24 hours subway trains. But, even though she was homeless, Liz enrolled in the prestigious Humanities Preparatory Academy in Chelsea, in Manhattan. She enrolled late but still excelled, finishing high school in two years. Then she won a New York Times scholarship, and got accepted on Harvard. She wrote memories about her life (which was a New York Times bestseller) and there is also a television movie called From Homeless to Harvard.
2 From homeless to Weight Loss System Guru
Another woman whose only roof over her head was the one of her car, in which she spent years living. Dani Johnson’s childhood was good and her drug addict parents weren’t helping her. She was suicidal, depressed and wasn’t earning much money while she was working as a waitress. But then one day she saw a booklet for losing weight program and decided that she would try selling the products. The only problem was that she had no address she could give to the company. She was trying to sell products over the phone (she was using phone boot) and once she started doing good, she gave the company an address of a liquor store where the clients were able to come over and pick up their products. The woman was very determined and managed to make over quarter million dollars during the first year and over one million in two years. Today, Dani is a millionaire from her weight loss products and is also a motivational speaker.
3 From the streets to NFL
Michael Oher was born in a family with 12 children, a drug addict mother and constantly absent father. He was constantly switching schools and was forced to go to foster homes (but he was escaping and was living on the streets). His life changed when he started playing football in public school. He was a very talented player. His last foster family realized that the kid had a great sports potential and decided to lead him on the right way. Understanding his difficult childhood, they hired a tutor and treated Michael like he was one of the family. He raised his GPA so he could attend the University of Mississippi, which he chose because it was his adopted family’s alma mater. Michael became one of the best offensive linemen in the NCAA. He was drafted 23rd overall by the Baltimore Ravens, signed a $13.8 million, five year contract and helped them win Super Bowl XLVII. In 2014 he signed a $20 million.
4 From sleeping in his car to a financial service celebrity
Jim was a successful man, went to Harvard, became Editor-in-Chief for The Harvard Crimson and graduated with a B.A. in governance. There wasn’t a single thing that was not granting him a successful and good life. However, Jim’s troubles started when his apartment was broken into and his checking account was emptied. He was left with nothing and was forced to live in Ford Fairmont for the next seven months. Finally, in 1979 he managed to get a job at American Lawyer Magazine, but still didn’t have a home and was sleeping on his sister’s floor. He decided to go to law school, where he became obsessed with the stock market and started investing the little money he was earning. He became so obsessed that he left stock tips on the outgoing message for his answering machine. One person who listened to the answering machine was Martin Peretz, a Harvard professor who owned the magazine New Republic. He gave Jim $500,000 to invest and shortly after that, Peretz and Jim founded the equally successful financial news service TheStreet.com in 1996. He is currently worth about $100 million.