[box type=”info” ]People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar[/box]
Everything around us can inspire us in different ways. Nothing can be more inspiring than watching a tender sapling breaking away rocks for its own survival, however we rarely take inspiration from things around us. It is important to stay motivated, and we need stories of significant personalities to inspire us constantly. Here is one such inspiring story of a Hollywood great – Sylvester Stallone. I came across this infographic and wanted to share it with my subscribers.
Sylvester Stallone faced a lot of challenges throughout his early life, it started right since he was in his mother’s womb. There were complications during his mother’s labor which forced the obstetricians to use a pair of forceps. A misuse of the forceps resulted in a damaged nerve and caused paralysis of certain facial muscles. Many movie critics around the world criticized him for his slurred speech and an expressionless face. However such an impairment did not prevent him from becoming one of the greats.
Once he revealed that he was evicted from his apartment and slept in the New York City Port Authority bus station for 3 weeks. He was penniless and had to act in a softcore porn movie to make ends meet. He also added “it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end – the very end – of my rope”
Despite all the hardship he continued to pursue his dream of becoming a star. After watching Muhammad Ali–Chuck Wepner duel, he developed the script of Rocky. Stallone then tried to sell the script to several studios, but wanted to play the lead role himself. The eventual buyers were willing to offer him $350,000 for the rights, but wanted to cast Burt Reynolds as the lead. Not willing to give up on his dream despite being desperate, Stallone refused to sell unless he played the lead character. After substantial budget cut the movie went on floors with Stallone playing Rocky. The movie became a huge hit and eventually a cult classic. With nominations for 10 academy awards including one for the Best Actor there was no looking back.