It’s hard to keep up with society, wondering if we’ll ever find true success among unrelenting competition.

But Jim Carey was a janitor. Ernest Hemingway survived anthrax. Salvador Dalí was raised to think he was his dead brother reincarnated.

 This list of eight wildly successful people who overcame unfavorable odds is sure to inspire you to press on despite the obstacles in front of you now. For these people, it only took persistence and a little bit of luck.

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