Many children that get bullied in school for being “fat” or “ugly” turn out to be the best looking and most successful people when they reach adulthood. This guy is no exception.

One of the reasons why The Ugly Duckling has been popular for many years is because it’s so true.

When people see those that they consider to be good looking and successful, there’s a tendency to assume that they’ve always been that way. But countless people will tell you that that isn’t true.

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In fact, many celebrities have stories of feeling like awkward, ugly teenagers before they became successful.

They also say that others really made them feel bad in these formative years.

But the reason why the bullied kids become so successful is because they’ve got something to prove. There comes a time when they rise above what their peers have been telling them and realize that they are so much more.

Of course, many people also need exterior encouragement to improve.

They need to hear their mentors tell them that they have hidden potential that some do not see. Without those words, it can be hard to envision a time when it gets better.

For Sam Rouen, that much-needed encouragement came when he took part in The Biggest Loser.

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In 2008, he was 19 years old. He was undoubtedly a big guy. He’d been struggling with his weight for as long as he could remember.

But thanks to the show, he was able to improve both his diet and his self-esteem.

He would go on to win that season of the show, losing the most weight of any contestant.

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In fact, when he entered the show, he weighed 340 pounds. But by the end of the show, just 12 weeks later, he weighed only 183 pounds.

And he didn’t stop there. The show had given him a confidence boost that has endured to the present day.

He got regular workouts, ate right and kept his focus. Now that he was slim he had a new ambition. He wanted to become a firefighter.

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Obviously, firefighting is an incredibly physically demanding job. There is just no way that a person that weighs 340 pounds can do it.

But thanks to the show, Sam’s new career goal was in sight.

And with his new motivation, Sam got fitter and fitter.

Where once he had fat, he now has muscles. In fact, he looks like an entirely different person.

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He has successfully become a firefighter. He now does a job that saves lives. In fact, it’s one of the most selfless and brave things that a person could do.

Of course, to remain a firefighter, Sam needs to discipline his body. He’s determined to never look like he did a decade ago.

Luckily, it seems like the gym has replaced food as his addiction.

He told The Daily Telegraph that he loves running and working out with his family more than anything.

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Overall, Sam has a fantastic life.

On top of an amazing body and a rewarding career, he has a beautiful fiancee, Daniella. You can really see the love between them in their photos!

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But as with most people who struggled with their self-image at a younger age, Sam still sometimes feels self-conscious today.

In fact, he hates taking his shirt off in public. Even though lots of people have told him that he looks good, sometimes, when he stares into the mirror, all that he can see is that obese teenager.

Yet, on the whole, Sam has clearly turned his life around for the better. Who wouldn’t want the life that he has right now?

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