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Do you feel the need for a little inspiration now and then? If so, you’re not alone.
After all, the world can feel a bit bleak sometimes. That’s why it’s nice to be reminded on occasion that there’s hope out there, sometimes the good guys win, and if you work hard you’ll come out on top.
For anyone looking for stories with a happy ending, you’ve come to the right place. This article takes a look at 3 inspirational stories that will put a smile on your face. Keep reading to discover a few happy stories that will restore your faith in humanity and give you the strength to keep going even on the darkest day.
1. J.K. Rowling
Today, you might find it challenging to find anyone young or old who hasn’t heard of a famous wizard named Harry Potter. And yet this wasn’t always the case.
The story of Joanne Rowling’s rise to fame and fortune began more than two decades ago when the young Brit was an unemployed single mother. Rowling was divorced and living on the dole when she was struck with the inspiration for a book that would soon make her rich beyond her wildest dreams.
She has told the story many times of how she was riding the train when the character appeared fully-formed in her imagination. Rowling then wrote anywhere she could, taking her infant daughter with her to coffee shops, writing on note pads with a pen.
Success didn’t come all at once, but when it did, the books in the Harry Potter series would eventually set the world on fire, selling hundreds of millions of copies and inspiring a blockbuster series of Hollywood movies.
In fact, J.K. Rowling is now the only author in history to reach the status of billionaire based solely on her literary works.
2. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon weren’t always movie stars. Once upon a time, they were just friends growing up in Boston. Eventually, they dreamed of finding a way to make a mark in Hollywood. It turns out that their ticket to big-time success was the idea of a young genius working as a janitor at Harvard.
They had the opportunity to sell their script for tons of money but insisted on staring in the movie. This turned out to be a smart decision because Good Will Hunting turned out to be a hit, eventually winning these childhood friends an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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3. John Grisham
John Grisham is another example of an unknown written becoming a household name. Grisham was a small-town lawyer in Mississippi when he started rising at 5 am each morning to work on a legal thriller titled The Firm. When the manuscript was complete, a bootleg copy found its way into the hands of a Hollywood executive who offered big money for the movie rights. The hardback rights then sold to Doubleday, and the rest is history.
Inspirational Stories that You’ll Never Get Tired of Hearing
It might seem like the world is full of bad news, but good things still happen. The trick is to look to inspirational stories like these to keep yourself motivated to work hard and keep dreaming big dreams.
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