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Top 10 world's greatest underdogs


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Everyone loves an underdog, right? They’re the people who manage to make something out of nothing by transforming themselves — and the world along the way. From tenth-century Japanese courtesans to twentieth-century chess sensations, it’s the underdogs and their uncompromising internal will that we remember in the history books, not the people who gave up or left the work to someone else.


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10. J.K. Rowling

In 1995, J.K. Rowling was an unemployed single mother writing in coffeehouses because pushing her daughter around town in a pram was the only way to get her to sleep. Thirteen publishing houses later, she had a contract for what would turn into an international multimedia sensation. When the Harry Potter phenomenon was born, even Rowling didn’t know how big it would get, or that she’d become one of the wealthiest women in the world for telling the story of a boy who overcame some tremendous odds himself. Rowling refused to let go of her publishing dream even when times were tough, and she’s enjoying a pretty sweet payoff!

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