So from all my times learning i've basically come to the conclusion that nobody simple becomes great in a certain way, the protagonist, if you will, is pretty much born with the gift. or inhabits that potential.
I've learned this out from the Chumash, Tanakh etc all of our forefathers, judges, prophets... etc or the ones that I've read about either started out rich, highly intelligent,or VERY mighty showing great potential etc.. so that they could have been anointed by a prophet for something great etc.. I can think of one person that became very wise from another prophet and that was Elisha, when Elijah threw his cloak onto him. but even Elisha, it seems like he came from a wealthy background.. am i wrong?
So my question is as follow, has there ever been a prophet or somebody
1. that started from absolutely nothing,
2. and showed no potential or anything of that sort that became a great person from Jewish History?
And when I say started out from scratch i mean it, from the bottom of the barrel, literally, and became great either, in wisdom, wealth, lordship, or anything that we affiliate with greatness without being a bad person in obtaining what he/they/she obtained?
Looking forward in reading the answers. Thank you.