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What I Learned From Sylvester Stallone…
Success can be yours, whether itâ€™s to build a successful business or lose an extra five pounds. You have to put forth the effort because it takes work.
There are certain principles that you need to follow to achieve your goals. In this video article, weâ€™ll discuss the life of Sylvester (Sly) Stallone, who I highly admire and respect, to give us some ideas that will help get to where we want to be.
Stallone, from a very early age knew he wanted to be in movies. When he started trying to break into movies, it was not a very smooth road for him. He was turned down for part after part in every attempt. He was told,
â€œYou are stupid looking. People donâ€™t want to see a movie star that talks out of the side of his mouth.â€
That never stopped him from trying over and over…
A Burning Desire Will Keep You Focused…
You see, he had this â€œburning desireâ€ to be in the movie industry. Rejection after rejection did not stop him. He changed his approach and tried again. His wife told him to get a job because they were starving and did not have money for food nor heat. Still he would not give up.
She told him to â€œget a jobâ€ but he refused to do that because he was scared of getting caught up in that vicious cycle. He did not want to do anything that would take him in a different direction than being in the movies. He did not want to give up the â€œhungerâ€. He knew the outcome and he knew his vision; he just needed to find the right approach. He kept changing his approach.
He went to the library mainly to get warm and started reading Edgar Allan Poe poetry. This got him looking at things differently. He said, â€œReading Poeâ€™s works got him out of himself and helped him change his approach.â€ He kept that burning desire alive. He burnt every bridge that led to a different outcome than what he wanted.
He decided to write and every script was rejected. Nothing seemed to work.
He Sold His Best Friend…
Finally, he sold a script, â€œParadise Alleyâ€, for $100. That money didnâ€™t last long. He was flat broke. He stole his wifeâ€™s jewelry (bad idea). He was so desperate that he decided to sell his dog, his best friend. He went to a liquor store and tried to sell his dog to strangers for $50. No body would buy the dog. He changed his approach and finally a guy negotiated with him and bought his dog for $25.00. He left there and cried. He said this was the lowest point in his life.
He was watching Muhammad Ali fight Wepner. Ali was handily beating Wepner but Wepner would not quit. He kept coming back time after time. This gave him the idea for the movie â€œRockyâ€. He started writing a script and wrote continuously for 20 hours. The script was now done. He tried to sell the script and got rejection after rejection.
Sly Wanted To Star In The Movie…
After several rejections, someone believed in the script and made an offer to buy it for $125,000. He said he would sell it but he wanted to star in the movie. He was told he was not the right person, an unknown. He refused the offer even though he had no money and was broke.
He was then offered $250,000, not to star in his own movie, and he turned the offer down. The offer was upped to $325,000 and he refused that offer. He ended up selling the script for $35,000 plus a percentage of the movie receipts. He accepted because he could now realize his burning desire, he would be the star.
The first thing he did was to go back to the liquor store to find the guy who bought his dog. He found the guy and offered him $100. The man refused the offer. He kept upping the offer. Still the man would not sell the dog. He changed his approach and bought the dog for $15,000 and, the man got a part in the movie.
So what can you learn from Stallone and what does this have to do with your success in your business and/or life in general??
- Stallone had a burning desire. He knew the outcome, his vision, took action and stayed focused. This is absolutely necessary if a person intends to succeed in any thing started.
- Stallone was not afraid to change his approach. He did so several times. To make sure one is keeping up with current trends, changing directions is
mandatory, especially if we are not succeeding with our current approach.
- He burnt all other bridges. He refused to take any path that did not lead to where he was going. To be successful, one must keep the goal in mind and
refuse any detour that will lead somewhere else. You must stay focused on the goal.
- Stallone made sacrifices. Even when he was flat broke and was offered as much as $325,000 for his script with someone else in the starring role, he refused the offer. To reach a desired outcome, we need to make sacrifices. A quick fix may look good at the time but will it lead to where you want to be.
To get the outcome you desire, you must have a burning desire, not be afraid to change approaches, burn all other bridges and make necessary sacrifices.
I hope this story’s inspired you to not only reach your goals and desires, but to show you that it is possible for anyone to succeed in anything…even Sly made it.
Tell me who inspires YOU and WHY, or simply feel free to leave your comments/feedbacks…