Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:23:16 GMT | By Chloe Goody, Melody Oei and Jean Goon
25 Famous Failures Turned Success Stories

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There is a thing called luck, and then there is hard work that pays off - in millions. Forget those child stars that seem to get their riches and fame on a plate and check out these stars that went against all the odds and powered on through countless rejections until they landed their dream jobs.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, grew up in a housing project neighbourhood of Brooklyn where he started selling crack at age 11 and shot his own drug addict brother for stealing his ring when he was 12, "I thought my life was over. I thought I'd go to jail forever."

Good thing he didn't because he is now one of hip-hop's top earners!

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