“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” “Your last easy day was yesterday.” “Success happens because of past failures.” We could keep slinging cheesy motivational phrases at you, but everyone knows success boils down to either pursuing one’s goals or giving up on them. When considering this sink-or-swim reality, it’s also important to know that when things look their darkest, success could be just around the corner. Don’t believe us? Here are 15 celebrities who were ready to throw in the towel right before their big break.
Stephen King spent the better part of the 1970s trying to publish a novel. After his first manuscript was rejected, King decided to put his experiences as a high school English teacher to good use. He began work on Carrie, the story of a high school pariah whose gift of telekinesis is used to strike terrible vengeance on her small town. Unfortunately, King felt out of his depth attempting to write teenage girls and scrapped the project entirely. His wife, Tabitha, found the pages in his trash can, read them, and saw great potential. She gave them back to her husband and encouraged him to keep writing the book. He did and Carrie emerged as his first published work, not to mention a best seller and the basis of four movies to date.