When we listen and hear all of the phenomenal success stories of widely known individuals today, it’s not really who they are now that gives us excitement.
It’s, actually, the person who they were before the fame, glitz, and glam.
He was a broke, struggling actor who day dreamed about what his life would be like as a successful actor.
He was physically and sexually abused as a child. After turning his story of forgiveness and redemption into the stage play I Know I’ve Been Changed, the 28-year-old playwright was broke and even lived on the streets on Atlanta when he couldn’t make ends meet.
She grew up poor and became pregnant in her early teens. When she landed a job in her early twenty on air, they called her ugly and fat. The station even wanted her to change her name. Apparently Susie was more fitting and catchy for television.
Oprah as a Susie? Ew! lol
Found himself in the unemployment line at age 40.
Growing up I did everything perfect. I made sure of it. Not because I was often praised for it, more like ignored because of it, but I was a child who held being efficient in high regard. Being the best.
However, I learned throughout middle school on, as I became more social, I lacked the ability to relate to others. I would expect people to have the same desire to be efficient like I was, but the world doesn’t work that way. I learned that the hard way, pissing people off by lacking empathy and sometimes compassion. In a relative way– I’m not a robot.
While in college, I opened up to the experience of making mistakes. More so allowing myself to do so without overbearingly crucifying myself for it. Religion and strict parents definitely played a part in that habit. Monstrous.
Much like Jim Carey, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Morgan Freeman, and the many other successes of the world, I knew I needed to allow myself to be human (A little messy and authentically imperfect.) in order to be great. I mean, isn’t that how we learn and gain our own individual perspective towards life?
Quits a well paying job at age 26, moves back home, and opens up her own business to create new ways in her home town. With no end in sight, off she goes again with her dream tucked away in a little black book.
Ralph Waldo Emerson — ‘Life is a journey, not a destination.’
It’s everything leading up to the story that counts. For me personally, I think it reminds others that they are no separate from them. I still believe that, *success is within finding ‘self’, and once you’ve found that, you’ve certainly found success.
If you look at it a different way, technically you are a success as we speak. You just haven’t realized it yet. 😉
*That was the first quote I created when I launched my blog. 🙂