Inspiration comes in a number of different forms. Many leaders will use inspiration for others to dig deeper within themselves to accomplish more than what was thought to be possible every day. Anyone who is a leader has inspired someone to chase their dreams. All of these leaders should be applauded. These 5 famous examples of inspirational leaders took that concept and transformed it from a local team concept to a global phenomenon.
1. Stephen King
Whether you enjoy the horror genre or don’t care for it at all, most people have heard of the author Stephen King. His books have been made into hit movies, television shows, and other forms of entertainment. He got into writing because he was broke. He and his wife lived in a trailer and they both worked multiple jobs just to make ends meet. King’s work received hundreds of rejections and he received 60 rejections before selling a short story for just $35. Through hard work, he now has millions to his name.
2. Jim Carrey
Carrey might be known for his impressions and facial expressions, but many people don’t realize that when he was 14, he lived in a Volkswagen van that was parked on the lawn of a relative. As a teen, he worked full time and went to school full time so the family would have enough money to survive. He bombed on his first attempt at comedy, but kept working at the craft he loved. Carrey even wrote himself a check for $10 million as inspiration, a check that he eventually placed in his father’s casket after he did find success.
3. Tyler Perry
If anyone is an inspirational leader, it is Tyler Perry. He was physically abused as a child and tried to commit suicide twice. Perry was kicked out of high school and eventually worked some odd jobs in Atlanta to try to make ends meet. He created a theater production in 1992 about his life and put all of his money into it, but it failed horribly. Only 30 people bought tickets to it and it ran one weekend. It took 7 runs for his show to find some traction and since then, he’s become one of the most influential personalities in Hollywood.
4. Colonel Sanders
Many people know the name of Colonel Sanders thanks to Kentucky Fried Chicken, but they don’t know the struggles that Harland had as his career first got started. He began cooking chicken at his gas station in 1930 as a way to survive through the Great Depression. Sanders didn’t have an actual restaurant, so he used his home as a place to serve meals. After the interstate closed his business, Sanders sought out a buyer for his chicken recipe that would give him a nickel per piece of chicken served. He was rejected 1,000 times before finally signing on with a partner.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has had a lot of criticism leveled at her over the years. People have condemned her for her weight, her race, and even questioned her sexuality. Through it all, she was able to persevere, despite becoming pregnant at the age of 14. She finished high school earned a full scholarship, and worked from the ground up in television to become the force that she has become in today’s society.