Failing sucks! But everybody fails. It’s how you handle the failure that determines whether you’ll eventually succeed. These three big stars handled their failure well and became huge successes.
Imagine you’re jobless, living with your parents, and only have seven dollars to your name. You may know Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a movie star that rakes in millions in the box office now, but he was at one time jobless, living with his parents, and only had 7 dollars to his name. He was a failed pro football player and down on his luck. But he decided to do something different and take up a career in wrestling like his father. Even that wasn’t an immediate success, but he rose to the top as one of the most famous WWE wrestlers of all time, soon shifting that into a successful acting career. You may have failed to succeed at reaching a particular profession in your life, but you can always try something different, and you never know how far that might take you. 🙂
Imagine you’re sitting in a chair with your family around the table. You tell them you want to go chase your dreams of being a famous actress. They all tell you it’s a bad idea and that you should do something else. This was what Jennifer Lopez experienced failing to get moral support from her own family. But she didn’t let that stop her. She did many different dancing roles before her big break as a dancer on In Living Color. She failed to win that audition, but she got a lucky break when the person who did couldn’t accept the job. All of this led to her career in acting, singing, and becoming the international mega star she is today. It goes to show that sometimes you just have to believe in yourself when no one else does. 🙂
Imagine you’ve gotten opportunity after opportunity after opportunity after opportunity to fulfill your dream. At each moment you get a call and someone tells you, “Sorry, this isn’t going to work out.” You’ve been there, I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. Where we just feel like we can’t get something to really work out for us. Jennifer was there too. She had four failed TV projects before landing the roll of a lifetime being cast as Rachel in Friends. It took the encouragement of a producer at a gas station to keep her motivated. This would lead her to a movie career making her the highest paid actress in Hollywood. We’ll all hit dead ends sometimes when it seemed like we finally got on the right path, but it’s important to keep moving forward until you get on the right path that leads to your long winding road of success. 🙂
I hope all of these stories can be your gas station moment that keeps you motivated. And maybe you can go be someone else’s gas station moment too. 😉