The 10 most successful people in the world discussed below had to struggle hard to reach the top. They may be rich, famous, or powerful today, but they were different in their youth.
However, these famous personalities knew what they wanted to do in their life. Some of them progressed quickly, others had to take longer, harder route.
Today's younger generation may think that reaching this point of success is impossible. They may also think that to stay healthy, maintain a vibrant social life and a career growth is a difficult task. But it is not as difficult as one thinks to be.
Let's take a look at the journeys taken by these 10 highly successful people. You may end up relating your life with one of them.
It was at the age of 12 during his prep school in Seattle that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discovered his love for computers. There he wrote computer code for a version of tic-tac-toe. Later, he met Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder.
Gates attended Harvard University. But in 1975, he dropped out at the age 20 to focus on Microsoft, which then made him the world's richest self-made billionaire.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, started his career with McDonald's when he was a teenager. In the book "Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald's," the author Cody Teets writes that Bezos wasn't very good at it.
Bezos told Teets, "My first week on the job, a five-gallon, wall-mounted ketchup dispenser got stuck open in the kitchen and dumped a prodigious quantity of ketchup into every hard-to-reach kitchen crevice. Since I was the new guy, they handed me the cleaning solution and said, 'Get going!' I was a grill man and never worked the cash registers. The most challenging thing was keeping everything going at the right pace during rush hours.
Tina Fey, the mind behind "Mean Girls", got into the theatre during her college days, but she didn't get into comedy writing until years after her graduation.
She moved to Chicago for her love for acting and hung around acting workshops. In her early 20s, Fey worked as the childcare registrar at YMCA. Her major break came in 1997, when "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels hired her as a writer.
As soon as Warren Buffet, the world's most famous investor, turned 16, he earned today's equivalent of USD 53,000.
His biography, titled, "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life" written by Alice Schroeder, mentions that one of Buffett's first jobs was that of a newspaper delivery boy. He went door to door to deliver The Washington Post. He was rejected by Harvard Business School. He joined Columbia Business School. He then worked as an investment salesman, securities analyst, and stockbroker.
Oprah Winfrey, who is now one of the most famous talk show hosts, actress, and producers in the world, realised her love for the media at age 14. She moved to Nashville and found her first job at 16 as a broadcaster for WVOL Radio Station.
At the age of 19, Winfrey left school to start her career in the media industry. However, she had a bumpy ride after being fired from hosting the 6 pm news on Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1977.
Speaking with Baltimore Sun, Winfrey said "I had no idea what I was in for or that this was going to be the greatest growth period of my adult life. It shook me to my very core, and I didn't even know at the time that I was being shaken."
Former US President Barack Obama spent most of his childhood days in Honolulu. A good basketball player, Obama graduated in 1979 at the age of 18 with academic honours. It was during his school days that he became aware of racism as he was among two other black students in the School, named Punahou Academy. Later, he went to Harvard Law School, where he became the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg became interested in building computer programs at a young age. At the age of 12, he used Atari BASIC - a programming language - to create a messaging program that he called "Zucknet."
This interest in computer programs increased with age and in his early teens at high school, he built another program called Synapse. The program was a hit and Microsoft offered to buy it for USD1 million. But, Zuckerberg declined the offer.
After learning Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, he joined Harvard University, where Facebook was born. He dropped out and committed himself to Facebook.
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, owns over 200 companies in more than 30 countries worldwide. After dropping out of school at age 16, he started his first company a year later. He founded youth culture magazine, 'Student', whose first edition fetched advertisements worth USD 8,000.
Two years later, he started selling music records via mail. This turned into a record store, which then took the shape of a recording studio called Virgin Records.
Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton worked at the Yale Child Study Center where she looked into the cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Apart from this, she volunteered at New Haven Legal Services that provided legal advice to people who couldn't afford it.
At 23, Hillary Clinton started dating Bill Clinton. They married in 1975 and Hillary became the First Lady of the United States of America in 1993.