Millionaire Steve Harvey Once Lived Out Of His Ford Tempo

There’s nothing like a good rags-to-riches story to help us keep on while we’re getting coffee for our bosses or laying in bed unemployed.

Steve Harvey, who now has an empire worth $100 million, used to be that homeless guy on the street who lived out of his Ford Tempo.

He recently opened up exclusively to PEOPLE about overcoming homelessness to build an entertainment empire.

What makes the guy likeable is the fact that he humbly had no idea he would ever get there.

“It kills me when I hear very successful people say, ‘I always knew I would get here,’ ” he says. “I didn’t. I always hoped I would get somewhere, but this is above and beyond. My imagination didn’t even go this big.”

“That was an ugly period, just very painful,” he says of becoming homeless in the late ‘80s.

“Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, ‘This is too much,’ ” Harvey says. “I had it on several occasions.”

“I sat down and started crying, but a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been,’ ” the star explains after hitting his lowest point. “It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there.’ ”

He’s come a long way from driving around in his Tempo and living on only $50 a week. Today he not only hosts a syndicated radio show, but is the host of game show Family Fued, and also hosted NBC’s hit variety series Little Big Shots.

Oh, did I mention he also wrote a best selling book in 2009 that’s being made into a blockbuster film? Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is being adapted into a film and a sequel.

Maybe if we all just keep going, we may end up in places we’ve never dreamed of.

Sofia Vida

Sofia has been writing for major news outlets for over 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, and going to concerts.

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