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Oprah Winfrey:

Oprah Winfrey was fired from one of her first TV jobs because, according to her employers, she was unfit for television. Well, she certainly proved them wrong.

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Amitabh Bachchan:

The shahenshah of Bollywood didn’t have it easy in life. He delivered 17 flops and was let go off from many projects before he gave a hit and rose to superstardom overnight.

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Walt Disney:

The creator of some of the best cartoon characters was fired from his job because the editor thought that Walt was too unimaginative. He started his own cartoon series which left him bankrupt. It was only when he found Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck that Walt made it big.

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When Rekha started out in Bollywood, she was highly criticized for her colour, weight and acting ability. The actress lost a lot of weight, allegedly got skin lightening treatment done and became one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood.

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K. Rowling:

Before J.K. Rowling became one of the richest authors, she was living on government welfare because she was penniless. As a divorced, single mother, who was also attending school, she had no means to support herself.

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Steven Spielberg:

One of the greatest filmmakers the world has ever seen was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. *Faints*

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Meryl Streep:

The beautiful Meryl Streep was said no to by many filmmakers when she was just starting out, because she was not pretty enough. *Guffaws*

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui:

The Kick star who is known for his exceptional acting skills was a farmer before he became a struggling actor. Even while struggling he was rejected by many because he was ‘too short’ and ‘too dark’ to be a hero.

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Rakesh Omprakash Mehra:

The Bhaag Milkha Bhaag filmmaker was a tea seller on film sets before he got into filmmaking.  He also had to work as a vacuum cleaner salesman to support himself before he could make it big.