Fame is fleeting, but sometimes, all it takes is one chance to become famous!

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01.

Mary Shelley

Mary penned Frankenstein at the mere age of 19. At a time when women wrote under male pseudonyms, Mary boldly credited the very first sci-fi novel to her name. The success of the book launched her as a writer.

02.

Jewel

The singer lived in dilapidated conditions. Thus, to earn sufficient money, she and her father often sang at bars. She was discovered by a talent scout at a Coffee Shop. Her first album Pieces of You that debuted in 1995 and kickstarted her music career.

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Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh would not have transitioned to The Flying Sikh had he not been introduced to track sprinting while serving in the Army. On finishing 6th in a cross-country run that was compulsory, Milkha was given special training in athletics.

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Oprah Winfrey

Vocal about the hardships that she faced while growing up, Oprah’s life took a new turn when she started co-anchoring the local news. Her sincere and emotional delivery transferred her from radio to daytime talk-shows.

05.

Jan Koum

From a poor immigrant to the entrepreneur that redefined communication. Jan’s passion for computer landed him jobs in places like Yahoo and Ernst & Young, where he met Brian Acton. Together, they designed WhatsApp.

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Ralph Lauren

Ralph gave up his comfortable job as a tie salesman to start his own venture of wider neckties. After a series of rejections, he received financial support from Norman Hilton. Ralph started his own store under the name of Polo. The rest is history.

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Maddie Ziegler

This young ballet dancer created ripples through her appearance in reality TV show Dance Moms, but what really was groundbreaking was her performance in Sia’s music video of Chandelier.

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08.

Channing Tatum

His journey is immortalised through the movie Magic Mike. From stripping to modelling to acting, Channing has done it all.

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Greyson Chance

All it took was a school event where Greyson performed Lady Gaga’s cover of Paparazzi. The video got him a record deal from Ellen DeGeneres herself!

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Lin Manuel Miranda

Starting from In Heights in 1999, to Hamilton in 2015, Lin Manuel Miranda was born to be a theatre artist and playwright from a very early age. All he needed was the stage.

Do you think we missed out on someone in this list? Let us know in the comment section below, and we promise to have a sequel to this.