Steve Harvey recalls God's message to him when he was still struggling with homelessness: Don't QuitBlog
Comedian Steve Harvey is such a hardworking guy that his wealth has grown by leaps and bounds and is now estimated to be worth $100 million. It is hard to believe that decades ago, the smooth-talking host of "Family Feud" was living off baloney sandwiches and did not even have a safe place to call home.
"It kills me when I hear very successful people say, 'I always knew I would get here,'" he tells PEOPLE. "I didn't. I always hoped I would get somewhere, but this is above and beyond. My imagination didn't even go this big."
When he first quit his day job to take a shot as a comedian, Harvey found himself without a wife and living on his own at $50 a week. "That was an ugly period, just very painful," he says of that bleak period during the late '80s. "Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, 'This is too much.' I had it on several occasions."
Harvey even recalls hiding in hotel restrooms just to wash up. But even then, the comedian says God was guiding him towards greatness. "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,' " Harvey says. "It was like God said, 'Don't quit, you're almost there.'"
Because of the hardships he experienced, Harvey is very appreciative of his work and has no plans to slow down. "I'm running from homelessness," he explains. "I can't ever be in that position again. If my show gets cancelled, I've got three more. I don't have any free time, but I have 12 jobs."
Aside from "Family Feud," Harvey also hosts "The Steve Harvey Show" and "Little Big Shots." He has written a 2009 book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," which has now been adapted into a blockbuster film.