When The Clock Strikes Twelve On December 31st,
All Over The World Cheer And Wish Each Other A Very Happy New Year.
For Some, This Event Is No More Than A Change Of A Calendar.
Others, The New Year Symbolizes The Beginning Of A Better Tomorrow.
So, If You Look Forward To A Good Year Ahead,
Spread Happiness With These Wonderful New Year Wishes.
Here’s a small inspirational story for all of you, which will teach you one of the greatest lessons in life. This story is about the life of Sylvester Stallone.
Stallone was born in a poor family. And yet as he was growing into a young man he only had one dream; He wanted to become an actor. He wanted so much to become an actor but he has this major setback against his dream; He has this defect in his jaw, which causes him to speak with a slur. And so Stallone would go from production house to production house to apply for an acting job, but nobody accepted him because he cannot speak clearly.
Stallone had this director who he kept on pursuing for an acting job, yet like all the rest did not mind giving him a chance. What Stallone did was he kept on coming back into that director’s office. In the morning when the director arrives for work, Stallone was there waiting for him, and in the end of the day, when he leaves for home, Stallone was still there.
Every single day he kept on doing this until finally the director got annoyed and confronted him asking “What can I do to drive you away?!” to which Stallone replied “Give me an acting job.” And so finally the director gave in, he said “Okay, for God sake, I will give you a role, but this is all you will have, after this you will have no more.” He was accepted, and right after that role, indeed nobody had given him acting jobs anymore. Though trampled with a lot of rejections, Stallone didn’t think even once of giving up on his dream.
Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, ROCKY. He wrote the script for 20 hours and then offered it to the production houses, on the condition that he will be the main actor. The script was done and off Stallone into carrying out his plan. The script was commended, but because of the condition that he will take the lead role, nobody accepted his offer.
Finally there was one production house who were much interested in his script; The production manager said “Stallone, your script is good! We will buy it for $75,000! but you will not be the main actor, we will hire someone else.” Stallone upon hearing this replied to his deepest conviction, “No thanks, I have to be the main actor.” and then he left.
After a while the same production house called up again to him and said “Stallone, come to the office, we are raising the price, we will buy your script for $225,000! but on the condition, you will not be the main actor, we will hire someone else.” Stallone once again replied with conviction, “No I’m sorry, I have to be the main actor.” and then he left.
After sometime, the movie production house called up to him again and said “Stallone, we’re raising the price, give us the script, you will have $1 Million!” Plus the manager added a one last degrading advice “Accept this already Stallone, this is too much of an offer. Let’s just face it, we all know you will not be able to make a good lead, you know you can’t deliver good clear dialogues, we can’t hardly understand you. How do you expect people to like seeing you on screens with that? Just take the amount already, go on with your life and forget that becoming a lead actor dream of yours.” to this, Stallone replied without any hesitation, “No thanks, I have to be the main actor.”
I want you to understand where Stallone is coming from at that point of his life. He was so poor; He could not even pay his bills. He even sold his dog which was his best friend for $50 just to have a little to spend going around and to have a little to eat. And yet he turned down a $1 million offer for his script, returning home poor, hungry and alone, all because of a dream.
It is having that strongest conviction of not having the will to give up on the deepest desires of your heart. Finally after sometime, the production house called up again and said “Stallone, we are giving up, you will be the main actor but we will be paying you $35,000.” He was accepted with great skepticism but he just didn’t mind it at all. From $1 million it became $35,000 but he is more than satisfied because he got what he wants.
Stallone went on to buy his dog again. He offered $500 but the new owner said he had come to love the pet and will not sell it any more. Stallone raised the price to $1000 which still the new owner declined, and so he raised and raised the amount until out of his aggressiveness he finally got back his dog for $15,000 plus the new owner having a one last request as part of the deal. He asked Stallone to give him a role in his upcoming movie, which Stallone deliberately granted for the sake of having back his dog. He spent $15,000 just to have his dog again.
The stage was set. The movie was shot and done and was successfully released for public entertainment. Rocky-1 It grossed more than 171 Million dollars and on that year had won 10 major academy awards including; best actor, and the best picture of the year. And there started a spectacular career which greatly impacted the entertainment industry and the world.
And today, the same Stallone who slept on the streets and sold his dog just because he could not even feed it anymore, is one of the greatest Movie Stars who ever walked the Earth! Nobody in this world can ever tell us that we cannot do it. If we think we can, we can do it! Because in reality, the only limitation we have, are the ones we set in our minds. Just remember, none can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise, none can destroy a person, but his own mindset can. So be careful about your thoughts.
Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a NOBODY. People will want your products but NOT YOU. Its a tough world. If you ain’t already famous, or rich or “connected”, You will find it rough. Doors will be shut on you. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. And then your hopes will be crashed. You will be broke. Damn broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes, it does. BUT NEVER LET THEM CRUSH THAT DREAM. Whatever happens to You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People will judge You by how you look. And by what you have. But please,Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP! Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, it’s ok! But as long as you are still alive, Your story is not over. Trust me!! Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive.
Here are some of the inspiratory quotes:
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive. -Ratan Tata
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
The same boiling water that hardens the egg, will soften the Potato! It depends upon individual’s reaction to stressful circumstances! Let’s start 2015 year with a New and positive Mindset. Once again Wish you all a Happy and prosperous newyear!
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