Nov 11, 2014 at 10:42
Life is about taking the cards you're dealt with, turning it around and still walking out the winner. You might not always be born into riches, you may not always be spoon-fed success and fame but you can always believe in yourself and make it big in your life. Whenever you doubt turning your dreams into reality remember that there are people amongst us who are living, breathing examples of those who have started small and made it big in their lives, through sheer hard work and determination.
Here are 13 such Indian celebrities who have made it big on their own.
A gas station attendant who didn't let his circumstances dictate his destiny. Today, his name is amongst India's most famous sons and one of world's greatest entrepreneurs.
A commoner who worked odd jobs as a driver and poultry seller before becoming one of India's most iconic comic actors.
A young boy with a dream larger than his reach worked as a railway ticket collector before he became a country's pride and India's World Cup winning captain.
A simple bus conductor who became arguably the epitome of superstardom and one of the most famous names in Indian film history.
He worked as a waiter cleaning tables while never giving up on his dream to one day chase down his dreams. Today, one word describes him - Khiladi - one of Bollywood's most bankable stars.
He spent years working as a chemist and a watchman but Nawazuddin proved he is the perfect example of 'dreams can come true if you never give up'. He is today one of the nation's finest actors.
Who could have thought that a man whose means of livelihood was knocking on doors selling vacuum cleaners would one day become one of Indian Cinema's most influential directors.
He worked as a waiter, room service staff and even an assistant in his mother's bakery before becoming one of the busiest actors in Bollywood today.
Today he's an evergreen part of Indian Cinema whose name will forever be remembered. But there was a time when he was a simple clerk in the Censor Board Office earning peanuts.
A fruit seller by the roadside whose life revolved around trying to earn enough money to sustain himself. But always looking ahead, always keeping in touch with his dreams, he never gave up and became one of Bollywood's greatest acting legends.
She earned her sustenance scrubbing floors at a McDonald's joint but she decided no matter what rules life had set for her, she was going to create her own. She went on to become one of TV’s most memorable characters and is currently a formidable name in Indian politics.
The great late Johnny Walker - A simple bus-conductor in Mumbai who became one of India's most loved comedians.
A common man, selling chais for a living, who was born into a humble family with limited means kept his face up and stared in only one direction - ahead. Today, he is the Indian Prime Minister and one of the most talked about leaders internationally.