• Some individuals, like Beyoncé and Steve Jobs, had already made it big.
While working as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International, Rowling was fired for daydreaming too much about Harry Potter, and her severance check would help her focus on writing for the next few years.
During these years, she got married, had a daughter, got divorced, and was diagnosed with clinical depression before finally finishing the book in 1995.
"When I got to Dallas, I was struggling — sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment," Cuban writes in his book "How to Win at the Sport of Business."
He went on to study business at Baruch College and served in the Army until the age of 24 when he left to work for Brooks Brothers.
Her relationship with Levin eventually ended because he did not want to marry or have children.