They were the underdogs, but these famous 5 triumphed against all odds! | Milaap

They were the underdogs, but these famous 5 triumphed against all odds!

We’ve all been in a situation when we’ve hit the lowest point we thought we could reach and dawn seemed a long time away. But it’s a tiny window of hope that lets the light in, and today, Milaap Social Ventures  brings to you the story of 5 famous folks who have transformed windows of hope into thresholds of opportunity. FINAL 

1. Bethany Hamilton

19A surfer as a child, she survived an almost-deadly shark attack at the age of 13. But she paid a price for it – she lost her left arm. One would assume that she wouldn’t ever want to step on a surfboard again, but you’d have reckoned without the sheer grit of this young girl. One month after the incident, she was back on the surfboard and went on to win multiple surfing competitions.

2. Walt Disney

20_takeIn picture books, on the big screen, in regional languages, even on a bar of Cadbury’s “Wowie” – Mickey Mouse is so easily recognizable. However, if his creator had taken all the criticism levelled at him to heart, he might never have existed. Once fired for “lacking imagination and not having good ideas”, he tried over and over, until he finally hit paydirt.

3. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra

21Most Indians know that Rajnikanth started out in life as a bus conductor. But did you know that one of Bollywood’s most famous directors – Rakesh Omprakash Mehra – started off by selling vacuum cleaners for Eureka Forbes? Grim determination accounts for his path from there to the days of Rang De Basanthi and then Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

4. Oprah Winfrey

22One of TV’s most well-known faces, having hosted the Oprah Winfrey Talk Show, associating a dark past with her is not the first thing you think of. However, as a young girl, Oprah struggled through physical as well as sexual abuse. Instead of succumbing to the maelstrom of pain and angst, she went on to become a powerful orator and is now said to be worth approximately $2.9 billion!

5. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

23Born into a sporting family, cricket came naturally to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. At a point where he was playing cricket for his university in England and was said to be one of be one of the best young batsmen, tragedy struck.  A car accident caused sight in his left eye to be damaged to the extent that he lost 95% vision. Nothing daunted, he went on to lead the Indian team and bat and field so flamboyantly, that he earned himself the nickname of “Tiger”.Do you have a favorite story of hope that you would like us to feature? Write to us at and you could win a Milaap Gift Voucher.