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Success, it’s something we all strive for in some form or fashion, but what is it?  What is success?  There are multiple definitions these days.  However, there seems to be just one common thread that most people do agree on about success.  And that is this, that success is a biproduct of persisting in the face of failure.  So, that is what we hope to share with you on this page, inspirational success stories that clearly reveal the road commonly travelled by people who have achieved staggering success.

Our purpose in sharing these success stories is that they may encourage you to keep striving towards your dreams, and keep you believing that achieving the “impossible” is actually possible.

With that being said, here are the top success stories to inspire you to succeed in the face of failure, setbacks, and obstacles. If you are ready to be inspired, let’s dive in.

Inspiring Success Stories to Help You Succeed

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1. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has one of the most inspiring success stories. Before he made it big, he was essentially a starving artist. For many years after during and after his college years, he worked odd jobs to pay the bill while simultaneously taking on any acting roles he could find to keep his dreams of becoming a successful actor alive.

It was a struggle that Sylvester would endure for many years, seven in fact. Throughout all of those seven challenging years, Sylvester would gain a few small roles in a handful of movies, but nothing grand enough to get his career launched.

During those seven long years of striving, he came face-to-face with near poverty. Getting so desperate for money he at one point had to sell his wife’s jewelry out of desperation for money. He even had to sell his dog because he couldn’t keep him fed. And to top it all off, there came a point where Sylvester was homeless, and had to sleep outside for a number of days.

But, his days of struggle as an aspiring actor would not last forever. After facing seemingly insurmountable odds for over seven years, he would finally get his big break. And this break would come after he managed to get a script he wrote in a three day flurry of inspiration, in front of two big-shot directors in Hollywood.

It was this defining moment that would turn the tides for Sylvester Stallone, and his career would skyrocket after he negotiated the lead role in the film that would come to be known as ‘Rocky’.

Success eventually comes to those who always dream of her. For a more complete account of Sylvester Stallone’s inspiring success story, you can find it here.

Sylvester Stallone Success Story Quote

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Considering Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of the self-made man, we wouldn’t dare exclude him from our success stories collection. Having been born and raised in Austria, at a time where it was still healing from it’s defeat in World War II, the odds were already stacked against him.

Arnold grew up in a climate where alcoholism was rampant, where defeatism was the norm, and big dreaming was laughed at.

But Arnold didn’t care. He knew he didn’t want to live the traditional Austrian life his parents wanted for him, and he knew he wanted to move to America, the land of the free.

As such, he hatched a plan to become a success in body-building, and then use that success to get into movies. And sure enough he did just that. He went on to fulfill his vision by becoming the youngest man to ever win a Mr. Universe competition, and then on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles.

After reaching what he set out to do in the sport of bodybuilding, he then went on to commit himself to the acting career he had always dreamed of. And sure enough, he would go on to conquer the film industry to the same degree that he conquered the body building world. Going on to star in multiple blockbuster movies that would gross over $3 billion, and earn him one of the most sizeable net worth’s in Hollywood.

You can find a more complete account of Arnold’s inspiring success story here.

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3. JK Rowling

J.K Rowling had a dream of becoming a writer early on. But, she would have to persist for many years before her dream of becoming a published author would materialize. Almost as soon as she decided to get to work on putting her ideas down on paper for her book, she would be sidetracked by her mother’s death.

The depression that would ensue left Rowling seeking out a job as a teacher in another country. Soon after, she would get married and have a child, which would delay her aspirations even further.

But things weren’t done going off the rails for Rowling, as her marriage would abruptly end just one year after it began, leading her to be jobless with a child, and a barely surviving off of unemployment benefits.

However, despite her challenges, Rowling would persist in the creation of her book. And she did so by seizing every spare moment she could while her child slept to write. Until finally the day came when she completed her manuscript.

Of course, even after Rowling finished her manuscript obstacles still remained. 12 different publishers would reject her novel, and she found herself almost ready to quit before her manuscript would eventually get accepted. And it was at that moment, that J.K. Rowling’s luck turned around.

Now, J.K. Rowling is now one of the best selling authors of all time. In fact, she is the highest paid novelist in the world, with her books having been translated into over 80 different languages with over 500 million being sold. Clearly, persistence and patience pays off in the long run.

J.K. Rowling Success Story quote

4. Steven Spielberg

Most people don’t know this, but Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times. But he didn’t let those rejections stop him, and he kept applying till he got accepted.  Eventually Cal State, Long Beach would accept him into their film program. 

Fortunately for Spielberg, he would then go on to leverage his opportunity at Cal State to land an unpaid internship at Universal Studios. 

Of course, this internship wouldn’t last forever, but it lasted just long enough for him to learn how sneak in to the studios undetected so he could continually gather intel on what it would take to become successful in the business. 

Finally, the day would come that he managed to get a film he created in the hands of film executives. But, he had to first overcome the film executives multiple attempts to make him give up.

After being told that the film size was not the right size multiple times, and remaking the entire demo to the recommended sizes every time, the executives finally relented and gave him his film a shot. The movie would go on to win major awards, and solidified Steven Spielberg’s place within the industry.

Steven Spielberg is now one of the most influential film makers in history and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. And out of all of our inspirational stories of success, his story in particular, shows, that if you knock long enough and hard enough, the doors of opportunity will eventually swing open for you.

Related: 5 Steps to Start Living Your Dreams

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5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo grew up in a household that was barely getting by. As a child, he had to share a room with three of his siblings due to their meager financial situation. There were even times where they didn’t have enough money to buy a soccer ball just so he could play in the streets. But Ronaldo did not let his environment dictate his destiny.

No, instead he would find ways to play the sport he loved even without the ball. He would use bottles, rags, or pretty much anything he could find to make a makeshift ball just so he could play. 

Eventually, Cristiano would get so good at soccer, that he would have to make the ultimate sacrifice at the age of 11 to move over 500 miles away from his family to train with a prestigious soccer academy. It’s a good thing he did too, because by doing so, he put himself on track to eventually become on of the best players in history.

Now Cristiano Ronaldo is known as the greatest Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football federation.  He is also considered by millions of soccer fans all across the globe to be the greatest of all time. 

In addition to this, he is the first soccer player ever to earn over $1 billion dollars, while generating one of the largest net worth’s among professional athletes.  

If you’re looking to learn more about Cristiano’s inspiring success story, you’ll love this.

Cristiano Ronaldo Dream Quote

6. Lionel Messi

Since we are on the topic of soccer, we might as well mention Lionel Messi’s success story because it’s is every bit as inspiring.  Here’s why, at age of 11, Messi was cut from his soccer team because they thought he was too small to play.  And he was small, but it was because he had a growth hormone deficiency which made him a lot smaller than all the other kids his age.

Fortunately, Messi didn’t let this deter him.  Instead, he would place himself on a strict regimen where he would inject growth hormones into himself.  And he would go on to do inject himself with this hormone for seven days in one leg, and then seven days in the other.

Messi would keep this routine up for six years.

The great news is, Messi’s sacrifice and persistence paid off.  Because now, he is one of the highest paid soccer players with a staggering net worth, and is considered by legions of fans to be one of the best soccer players of all time due to his winning soccer’s highest achievement, ‘The Ballon d’Or’ six times.

Success requires sacrifice.

Messi Fight For Your Dream Quote

7. Michael Jordan

Since we mentioned the greatest of all time in soccer, we can’t leave out the man many consider to be the greatest of all time in basket ball. Now, most people aren’t’ aware of this, but when Michael Jordan was merely a sophomore in high school, he already had big dreams of being a great basketball player. 

So he did something brash and tried out for the Varsity team. But, things didn’t go his way and he got himself cut from the team.

This rejection hit Jordan especially hard because of his oversized dreams and expectations. In fact, the rejection hit him so hard he went home afterwards and cried in his closet.

Even though that rejection still bothered Jordan, he dusted himself off and went all in for the JV team.  He trained like no other in the off season and grew four extra inches. And the following year he tried out for the varsity team again. But this second time around, he made it.

Not only did he make it, but he went on to become the team’s MVP, making the All-American Team, and eventually earned himself a college scholarship. And from there, well, you know the rest of the story.

He went on to become the man who would score 32,292 points in a basketball career, acquire 6 NBA championships, collect 5 MVP titles, and come to be considered as the greatest basketball player of all time.

For all the success stories we’ve covered, this one clearly shows the importance of having great expectations, and resilience after rejection.

MJ Success Quote

8. Paulo Coelho

Over 30 years ago a book titled ‘The Alchemist’ was published and hardly anyone noticed. The author of this book was a man named Paulo Coelho, and he was told by the first bookseller to carry his book, that only one person bought a copy after it was released.  As bad as it was to hear about the grim results Coelho remained confident in his work. 

He waited for better results to appear, but they were slow to come by as six months would pass before the next copy would be sold.  Oddly, the person who bought his first book was the same person who bought the second.

After that first year the publisher decided that the book was a flop and ended Coelho’s contract.  Fortunately, though, Coelho shrugged off that initial defeat.  He made up his mind to not give in, and so he doubled down to pursue his vision with even more fervor by finding another publisher. 

Now finding this new publisher was no easy task, as he was met with rejection after rejection.  But, he finally did land that new publisher, and with it, another opportunity capture his dream.

From that point forward Coelho’s dreams started to come true.  At first, he only sold three thousand books.  But the sales kept trickling in, as he then sold ten thousand, and then 100 thousand, and on and on. 

Coelho’s luck has yet to run out, as his books sales continue to grow year over year, with now over 150 million and counting copies of ‘The Alchemist’ having been sold. Even more staggering is the fact that he sold over 320 million books when counting all of his works.

Paulo Coelho’s story shows that if you truly want something bad enough, all the universe really will conspire to help you make that dream happen.

Related: Success Quotes for Overcoming Failure

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9. Abraham Lincoln

Most of us know of this great man because of what he did for our country. The Emancipation Proclamation which led to the abolition of slavery was a massive accomplishment.

But, what most don’t realized about Abraham Lincoln, is that he has one of the most impressive rap sheets when it comes to overcoming defeat.

In short, his success story consists of a list of failures and set backs so sizable, that you would hardly think it belonged to one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America.

Here’s a great example of the many failures Lincoln endured, with a few victories he managed to sprinkle in over his lifetime:

1832: Lost his job

1832: Defeated for legislature

1833: Failed in business

1834: Elected to legislature

1835: The woman he loved died

1836: Had a nervous breakdown

1838: Defeated for Speaker

1843: Defeated for nomination for Congress

1848: Lost re-nomination

1849: Reject for Land Officer

1854: Defeated for Senate

1856: Defeated for nomination for Vice-President

1858: Again defeated for Senate

1860: Elected for President of The United States of America

To be sure, Lincoln failed his way to success, and his recorded failures helps us realize the truth behind the Michael Jordan quote we mentioned earlier, and that is…that the key to success is through failure.

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10. Tom Brady

One of our favorite inspirational stories of success comes from Tom Brady. Brady didn’t follow the typical athletic path into the NFL. While most athletes begin getting groomed for the sport by the 3rd grade, Tom Brady wouldn’t set foot onto the grid iron until the 9th grade.

In fact, his debut into actually getting onto the football field didn’t come until his Sophomore year when the starting quarterback for the JV team quit. Fortunately for Brady, that opportunity helped him capture the starting Varsity QB role by the time his Junior year arrived.

After finding success at the high school level, Brady would eventually go on to become a Michigan Wolverine. But success wasn’t a given for Brady at this level. Nope, he had to earn it.

In fact, Brady came into the program as an underdog, with seven other quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. After almost requesting a transfer to another school, Brady’s determination would eventually win him the coveted starting position by the time he was a Junior.

The obstacles Brady would face continued on even into the Pros. Brady had his mind set to play in the pros, but there was very little interest in him during the draft. In fact, Brady barely made the draft, being chosen in the 6th round as the 199th pick.

Brady was grossly underrated and underestimated by every coach in the league. His draft report from 2000 NFL draft actually stated the following qualities:

  • Poor Build | Skinny
  • Lacks Great Physical Stature and Strength
  • Lacks Mobility and Ability to Avoid The Rush
  • Lacks a Really Strong Arm
  • Can’t Drive The Ball Down Field
  • Doesn’t Throw a Really Tight Spiral
  • System-Type Player Who Can Get Exposed if Forced to Adlib
  • Gets Knocked Down Easily

Indeed, Tom brady was not the highest rated quarterback, he wasn’t the most well groomed for the sport, nor was he the best athlete. In addition, he didn’t have the best numbers, or even the best mechanics. However, Tom Brady did have the most heart and determination.

Thus, through sheer willpower, he pushed himself to becoming one of the greatest football players of all times. And he has proved his case with the following accolades:

  • Most NFL Championships By a Player (7x)
  • Most Games Won By a Quarterback
  • Most Games Played By a Quarterback
  • Most Combined Passing Yards
  • Most Touchdown Passes
  • Most 4th Quarter Comebacks
  • Best Touchdown to Interception Ratio
  • 5 Time Super Bowl MVP
  • 3 Time MVP of the NFL
  • 2 Time NFL All-Decade Team Player
  • Only Player to Win a Super Bowl for Both The AFC & NFC
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Bonus Success Story

We decided to add one last bonus success story to drive the point home that it’s never too late to be what you might have been — and that no matter where you come from, or where you’ve been, you can change, you can clean up your act, and you can find massive success in the process.

So, this last success story is about a man who grew up poor in Louisiana, lost his father at a young age, and was raised a single-parent household with four other siblings. This last story is about a man named Grant Cardone.

Cardone is not your typical celebrity. He didn’t come from money, he is not a Hollywood superstar, and doesn’t possess some amazing talent, like script-writing, politics, or athleticism. However, what he does possess, is something that is available to us all, and that is a determination to succeed.

Grant Cardone found himself in bad company in his youth. He was involved and addicted to drugs, and was stuck in a downward spiral for over a decade. After getting robbed at gun point, getting beaten to a bloody pulp with a gun, and then getting kicked out of his mother’s house, he finally decided to change his life.

At the age of 25 Grant Cardone decided to clean up his act. He cut all the negative influences from his life, got sober, and took one of the first jobs he could land as a car salesmen. It wasn’t a job he was thrilled about, but he made due given that his options were limited because of a slow economy at the time.

Cardone committed to becoming the best salesperson he could be and invested heavily in his own self-improvement by reading books and studying his craft and his industry.

After committing to becoming his very best, his income doubled, and he soon became one of the best car salesmen in the country. He eventually moved on to running his own business, and was extremely smart and disciplined with his money. He would go on to save every dollar that wasn’t absolutely needed to keep him fed and housed, and moved that money into an investment fund just for real estate.

Grant Cardone’s focus on learning more so that he could earn more, along with having the discipline to invest his extra money, instead of wasting it on frivolous things, helped him become a self-made millionaire just five years later by the age of 30.

Cardone has since gone on to become a prominent international businessman, speaker, and the owner of Cardone Capital, a $1.5 billion investment firm.  He’s also authored New York Times bestselling books If You’re Not First, You’re Last, and other notable books like The 10X Rule, and Axiom Award winning Sell or Be Sold.  In addition to this, he also founded Cardone University, a popular sales training platform that has accrued over 50,000,000 and growing users.

It took Grant Cardone only five years to completely revolutionize his entire life. With the right mindset and a good dose of willpower, just imagine what 5 years could do for you.

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Final Thoughts

Hopefully these success stories help you realize that while success may be elusive, it is not unattainable. We also hope that you’ve come to understand that success is both a journey and a destination. And in order to achieve success, you’ll have to first go through your share of struggles, rejections, and even disasters.

So, keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the prize. Keep moving towards your dreams no matter what. Do this, and your success will be just around the corner.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – Every success story is different and can inspire in a different way, and if you’re looking for more inspiring stories about how others achieved success, then you’ll love our Strive Stories.

The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of success, and support you as you strive to dream big, work hard, and achieve the impossible.

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THE DWAYNE JOHNSON SUCCESS STORY 

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In the world of entertainment and success personalities, it doesn’t get any bigger than Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. “The Rock.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the biggest stars in the world as an actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler. He is widely considered one of the most successful professional wrestlers in the world with his eight-year stint with the WWE.

“With Drive And A Bit Of Talent You Can Move Mountains.”

– dwayne “the rock” johnson –

The Rock’s powerful signature tagline of, “can you smell what THE ROCK is cooking?” made fans everywhere get up on their feet and cheer with delight. But it was Dwayne Johnson’s heart, character, and infectious personality that has endeared him to millions of fans around the world. And it was this unmatched charisma that he inevitably leveraged to make his mark in Hollywood.

Now with a box-office record of success that amounts to films that have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide, his status as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood today has been cemented. Conquering projects in film and television isn’t his only gig, even though you would think that would be enough. Dwayne’s success as a businessman with multiple ventures that include a production company, a YouTube channel, a wellness app, a tequila brand, and a digital personal finance company as an investor, it would seem that The Rock has his hand in a number of financially successful projects. 

On top of this, he’s also an activist and a philanthropist. Let’s just say that The Rock clearly has a heart of gold, since his charity work, care for his fans, and all-around drive for his Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, which he founded in 2006, and that works with at-risk and terminally ill children, is a huge passion of his.

What hasn’t this great man accomplished? It’s true that this guy just might become President of the United States someday. With that said, let’s explore a little more in-depth how “The Rock” came to be in this Dwayne Johnson success story special.

Let’s see if we can discover what he has gone through in his life that has made him the pillar of success that he is today, as one of the most recognized and accomplished men in the world. 

THE ROCK SUCCESS STORY

Dwayne Johnson Success Story

The Early Years

Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in the San Francisco Bay area of California. His parents were Ata Johnson and former professional wrestler, Rocky Johnson, so you can see how he fell in love with professional wrestling from an early age.

His father was Black Nova Scotian, while his mother is Samoan. His father was also in the WWE as part of the first black tag team champions. Both The Rock’s father and his grandfather were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. 

The Rock Story Quote

Growing up, Dwayne played a lot of team sports, including rugby, track and field, wrestling, and football.[1] That led him to receive a full-ride scholarship for football at the University of Miami in Florida. As part of the team and a defensive tackle, Dwayne won a National Championship as part of NCAA Division I in 1991. Graduation followed in 1995 and was quickly signed to the Canadian Football League as part of the Calgary Stampeders, although he was cut shortly after. That was good news for the wrestling world because, in 1996, he made it into the WWF, which is what the WWE was called back then. 

Monster Success Followed 

Dwayne Johnson’s rise to superstardom in the WWE mainly came in the late 90s to the early 2000s. Once he started to wrestle under the nickname “The Rock”, it became clear that Dwayne was an important part of the massive success of the WWE at that time.

Fans loved to cheer him on at Royal Rumbles, Smackdown, and of course, the pinnacle of the wrestling year, WrestleMania. His signature pose sent fans into ruckus cheers when he would stand on the edge of the rink with his arm triumphantly in the air, shouting his tagline. It was an exciting time for wrestling and one that would cement his star status, eventually leading to an acting career. 

Ready For His Close Up

One of the first Hollywood acting roles that Dwayne had was in “The Mummy Returns” as The Scorpion King in 2001. The box-office success of this movie led Dwayne into a starring role in the spinoff in 2002, “The Scorpion King.” At the time, he was the highest-paid actor ever for a first-time starring role with a paycheck of $5.5 million. The Rock was clearly on his way to bigger and better things as one of the most bankable box-office stars in the world. 

His movie career is on fire. Over the years, he has appeared in successful movies like “Fast Five” as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and the Furious movies, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, “Pain & Gain”, “Moana”, “Central Intelligence”, and “Empire State.” Those are just a few of his notable roles since there are many more.[2]

Dwayne also executive produced and starred in the HBO series, “Ballers”, which had five seasons and was a fan favorite show set in Miami about former ball players. Dwayne, along with his business partner, Dany Garcia, has a production company called Seven Bucks Productions. It’s a reference to the number of bills The Rock had in his pocket right before he signed his initial contract with the WWF. 

His Personal Life As A Girl Dad

Dwayne is also an attentive father, which is admirable with everything he does professionally. He is one of the most-followed people on Instagram with 278 million followers. Fans especially love to see the adorable pictures and videos he posts of his daughters as the ultimate Girl Dad. He’s not afraid to have his nails painted by his daughters, or put on silly pranks that get played on him by his two youngest girls, Jasmine and Tiana, who are 6 and 4-years-old. Dwayne has a daughter, Simone, who is 20-years-old and is actually a new professional wrestler with the WWE called Ava Raine. With her long family legacy of pro wrestlers, it’s easy to see how proud Dwayne is that she’s following in the family’s large footsteps. 

When it comes to The Rock success story, it really doesn’t get any better than this man who dedicates so much of his time to not only being a great actor, family man, and businessman, but also devotes so much of his time to his charity and activism endeavors. 

A Man Who Will Do So Much More 

Dwayne Johnson is an example of someone who, even though he doesn’t look like the typical leading man, has carved a giant place for himself in this world, while being a good guy in the process. Everyone loves The Rock, but going even further, people love that Dwayne Johnson is so upfront, open, and candid with the world about his opinions on right and wrong.

He said one time on the Today Show that “I do have the goal to unite our country.” This followed up on a poll in 2021 that said 46 percent of Americans would consider voting for Dwayne Johnson for President of the United States. Maybe one day that will be the ultimate feather in his cap on a career of success that is unlike any other. 

Success Ethos | Dwayne Johnson Success Story

Dwayne Johnson success stems from many things, but the most apparent reason for his stratospheric success comes down to his work ethic.[3] Certainly, The Rock’s large physique, and his natural athletic abilities have helped him succeed, but it’s been his determination to do more than what’s been expected of him that has lent to his achievements.

Dwayne says it best in his own words, stating the following:

With that said, here’s a great video that does a great job encapsulating the elements that have helped the Rock become so successful:

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, The Dwayne Johnson Success Story. We hope you’ve learned a few new insights related to The Rock’s success that you’ll be able to emulate, success insights like:

Effort | Focus | Hard Work

So, dream big and keep working hard, and before you know it, we may be writing about your inspiring journey to success…

Till then,

STRIVE

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THE STEVEN SPIELBERG SUCCESS STORY

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Steven Spielberg Success Story

There is no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful filmmakers in history. He has created some of the most iconic and well-loved movies of all time, including Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park. But what is it that makes him so successful? In this Steven Speilberg Success Story special, we will take a look at Spielberg’s life and career, and try to answer that question.

“You Shouldn’t Dream Your Film, You Should Make It!”

– steven spielberg –

Why? Because we believe success leaves clues.  Which is why we cover uber-successful people like Steven Spielberg.  In addition to this, we also believe every story possesses hidden insights that can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in unimaginable ways. 

So, if you’re ready to get inspired, and learn a thing or two about success, then let’s dive into Steven Spielberg’s Story of achievement.

THE STEVEN SPIELBERG SUCCESS STORY

The Steven Spielberg Success Story

Steven Speilberg’s Story: The Early Days

Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents, Leah and Arnold Spielberg were Jewish immigrants from Austria and Romania. Spielberg’s father was a qualified electrical engineer who worked in the computer industry. His mother was a concert pianist. The family moved around a lot when Spielberg was growing up, as his father took various jobs in different cities.

This led to Spielberg often feeling like an outsider. He was regularly bullied as a child because he was unable to keep up with the pace of the other kids his age. He also had the learning disability dyslexia, which also invited criticism and judgment from his teachers.

In an effort to combat this, Spielberg took refuge in movies. He became obsessed with them and would often go to the cinema multiple times a week. This is where he developed his love of storytelling. It was also around this

He was particularly fascinated by the work of director Alfred Hitchcock because of its use of suspense and tension. This is something that he would later incorporate into his own work.

After high school, Spielberg enrolled at California State University to study film. However, he dropped out after just one semester in order to pursue a career in Hollywood. He knew that it was going to be a tough road ahead, but he was determined.

He created his first short film at the age of 12 and continued to make movies throughout his teenage years with the aid of his father’s camcorder.

A Budding Career

Spielberg continued to make films in his adolescence and eventually attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Spielberg’s college experience had its ups and downs, and Spielberg eventually dropped out and moved on to work at Universal Studios. After seeing the budding director’s short film “Amblin”, the studio decided to give him a 7-year directorial contract. This was the start of great things to come for Spielberg, as he was the youngest director to be accepted onto a long-term contract for the studio.

He began to work on television productions that weren’t as polished as the work we have come to love by Speilberg. However, it was through these works that Spielberg developed his own unique style, which would later be seen in some of the most iconic films ever made.

The Rocky Road To Success

During the 70s, Steven Spielberg wrote screen places and directed television episodes but found it difficult to make a significant mark in the industry. However, he used this opportunity to practice his skills as well as earn a consistent income.

He was then presented with an opportunity to work on a handful of made-for-TV movies. The film “Duel”, released in 1971, impressed studio executives. The other movies he produced received mixed reviews.

Finally, in 1974, Steven Spielberg had an opportunity to work on his first theater-released film, “The Sugarland Express”. This caught the attention of The Hollywood Reporter and put his name on the map.

This led to an offer to direct “Jaws”, a blockbuster film that would become one of the highest-grossing films of all time and establish Spielberg as a Hollywood heavyweight.

Now, Speilberg would be able to direct the kind of movies he had wanted to as a child, without any limitations.

After completing Jaws and Jaws 2, he decided to focus on more personal projects. One of these was “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, which is widely considered one of the best films ever made. This movie was both written and directed by Spielberg and was meant to represent his feelings of alienation and outsider status.

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, released in 1982, was another one of Spielberg’s more personal works. The movie is about a young boy who befriends an alien creature that is stranded on Earth. This film was an enormous success, both critically and commercially. It is still one of the highest-grossing films of all time.[1]

Collaborating with George Lucas

Spielberg collaborated with George Lucas on the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie was an instant success and led to two sequels: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

This collaboration between the two directors was very successful, as they were able to bounce ideas off of each other and create some truly iconic scenes and characters.

Spielberg Steps Into Producing & Founds Dreamworks Studios

After the release of E.T., Spielberg took a bit of a break from directing. He produced several movies during this time, including “The Goonies”, “Gremlins”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Back to the Future”, and “Cape Fear”.

He also founded his own production company, Amblin Entertainment. This company would go on to produce some of Spielberg’s most iconic films, such as “Jurassic Park”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, and “Men in Black”.

He also formed the Dreamworks SKG studio with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. This was a very successful venture, as the studio produced some of Spielberg’s most recent hits, such as “Saving Private Ryan”, “Minority Report”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “The War of the Worlds”.

Later Works

While many directors’ careers start to decline as they get older, Spielberg’s seems to only be getting better. He has directed some of his best films in recent years, such as “Munich”, “Lincoln”, “A.I”, “Minority Report”, and “Ready Player One”.

Spielberg is now one of the most successful and well-respected directors in Hollywood. His films have grossed billions of dollars and have won numerous awards. He is truly a Hollywood legend and is still directing films to this very day.

Related: Inspiring Steven Spielberg Quotes

Philanthropy

In addition to his impressive career, Spielberg is also known for his philanthropy. He has donated millions of dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Women’s Cancer Research fund, to name just a few.

He believes that by giving back, he can inspire young people to do the same incredible things that he has achieved. He once said, “The past may dictate who we are, but we get to determine what we become.”

He has supported aspiring creatives and filmmakers by donating to the Film Foundation and the Motion Picture and Television Fun Foundation as a way to contribute to the industry that has given him so much.

Final Thoughts

Spielberg is an incredible director whose films have entertained and inspired millions of people around the world. He is a true Hollywood legend and his philanthropy is an inspiration to us all. With an amassed fortune of over $7.05 billion, he is one of the richest directors in the world.[2]

He reminds us that it is never too late to pursue our dreams and that by giving back, we can make a difference in the lives of others.

With that said, we hope this Steven Spielberg Success Story has at the very least inspired you to shoot for the stars, and believe that you too can accomplish great things.

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THE MARIE FORLEO SUCCESS STORY

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Marie Forleo considers herself a “multi-passionate entrepreneur” because everything she does is outside of the box. She’s a successful author, philanthropist, and runs a growing online media empire that is geared towards self-improvement and lifestyle design. With an award winning TV show, called MarieTV, a podcast, and a New York Times #1 best-selling book, the Marie Forleo story is an inspiring one that shows what a small-town girl from Jersey can do with her life to help other people make theirs better. And she’s taken her message worldwide.

“Ambition Is Beautiful.”

– MARIE FORLEO –

With that said, we believe success leaves clues.  Which is why we cover uber-successful people like Marie Forleo.  In addition to this, we also believe every story possesses hidden insights that can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in unimaginable ways. 

So, if you’re ready to get inspired, let’s dive into the Marie Forleo success story, which is a true testament of the spirit of optimism, and a subtle guide for all those brave enough to pursue a better life.

THE MARIE FORLEO SUCCESS STORY

The Marie Forleo Story of Success

Marie’s Early Years 

Marie Forleo was born December 7, 1975, in New Jersey to loving parents who sometimes call her “Ri.” Both of them were instrumental in guiding Marie towards her current career and her seven-figure business as a life coach. 

Something her mom said to her when she was 8-years-old really struck a chord with Marie. Unfortunately, her parents divorced around this time, which made an impact on young Marie. Her mom said to her one day while crying at the kitchen table during the divorce that it’s important to always be smart and financially independent. Don’t rely on a man. This piece of advice to never be financially dependent on anyone always stuck with Marie throughout her early years and beyond. Watching her mom suffer after the divorce because she was worried about how she would take care of her children was a pivotal moment for Marie. 

In 1997, Marie went on to graduate from Seton Hall University as first in her class with a degree in finance. After that time, her first post-graduate job was as a trading assistant on Wall Street, working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As one of only a few women who did that job, Marie experienced quite a bit of negative attention, given that she was a very beautiful woman in what was considered then a “man’s world.” [1]

Marie has given interviews about how the discomfort she experienced in such an environment, and the many ways that the negative culture of the financial world, back then, was difficult to deal with. 

Words That She Needed to Hear

In the middle of a grueling workday, after six months of being on the job, she stepped outside to catch her breath and called her parents telling them that she wanted to quit, but was afraid of disappointing them. Her dad gave her the best advice in that he said, “you have to quit your job, and find something that you love.”

Marie Forleo Secret to Success and Happiness

This golden piece of advice from her father was just the thing she needed to hear. And it would would pivot her career into an amazing new direction. 

After that Marie worked in the media industry for a while, most notably for magazine publications like Mademoiselle and Gourmet. She also had stints as a bartender and dance/fitness instructor. It was being a fitness instructor that led her into her next profitable venture.

In 2001, Marie established a newsletter catering to her fitness clients, but she then went on to star in a few exercise dance videos that gained her some notoriety and fame with followers. Nike even named her their Elite Dance Athlete of 2005. Thus, important people started to take note of everything Marie was doing with her life. 

Her First Book

In 2008, after taking some life coaching classes at a university, she published a book called, “Make Every Man Want You.” This went on to be published in sixteen different languages all around the world and was the catalyst for Marie starting her own business coaching practice as Marie Forleo International.

Marie Forleo on Success

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From there her list of connections and accomplishments just snowballed. 

Oprah, Tony Robbins, and Richard Branson all interviewed Marie on their various shows to allow her star wattage to shine even brighter. Shortly after that in 2011, she launched MarieTV, which was a venture that showcased actionable ideas to her followers on how to create a “life you love.” 

In 2014, she spoke at the Life Is Beautiful conference to a huge audience, and her company was listed by Inc. Magazine as a top 500 private company in their “fastest growth” category. Her company was also in the top 50 for female-led companies in that same year.[2]

The Success and Love For Marie Continued 

Two docu-series followed, “Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary” and “We Rise Up.” Both of these cemented Marie’s position as one of the top life coaches in the world with millions of people looking to her for guidance in everything in business, dating, family, and pursuing a passion in today’s difficult world.

There are courses available on her television channel that provide insight into building a life you truly love. They are called the B-School, The Copy Cure, and Time Genius, as training programs for creating successful businesses, writing, and how to live a joyfully productive life.

Marie Forleo Success Story Quote

It was this kind of success that led Marie to have a second book published in 2019, “Everything Is Figureoutable.” This new book quickly became a New York Times best-seller, which she discussed on the Today Show with Hoda Kotb and Meredith Viera, as part of their Transformation Tuesday series. 

Making Her Way Forward 

Oprah describes Marie as a “thought leader for the next generation.” And getting an endorsement from Oprah herself is a great indication of just how influential and successful, Marie Forleo has truly become.

Today, it’s estimated that with all of Marie’s success in her many ventures, her net worth is around $14 million. She has been married to actor Josh Pais, since 2006, who is known for roles in “Ray Donovan”, “Law & Order”, and as Raphel in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film. 

From where we stand, the Marie Forleo success story is one of dogged perseverance in finding a path to making all her dreams come true. And the best part is that she isn’t afraid to share that determination, and how to get there, with anyone who is interested. It’s her life’s work. Marie has shown that passion and dedication clearly equal success. 

The Marie Forleo story is filled with hope, triumph, and Marie’s unique ability to see a direct way to achieve greatness in many areas of life. So, follow her advice and expertise, and before you know it, we may be writing about your inspiring success story here on this site.

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THE JESSICA ALBA SUCCESS STORY

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Jessica Alba is a Hollywood actress and businesswoman who has achieved incredible success in both fields. She started her acting career at a young age and starred in several popular TV shows and movies. In 2003, she founded The Honest Company, which sells eco-friendly baby products. The company has been incredibly successful, and Jessica herself has become a millionaire many times over. So, considering Jessica Alba’s list of impressive achievements, we will be diving into how this success superstar came to be in this Jessica Alba Success Story special.

“My Theory Is That If You Look Confident, You Can Pull Off Anything, Even If You Have No Clue What You’re Doing.”

With that said, we believe success leaves clues.  Which is why we cover uber-successful people like Jessica Alba.  As such, we’ll be taking a closer look at the life and career of Jessica Alba, and see what lessons we can learn from her amazing success!

So, if you’re ready to learn some juicy details about Jessica Alba’s success, let’s dive in.

The Early Years | Jessica Alba Success Story

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Jessica Alba was born in California on April 28th, 1981 to parents Catherine Louisa and Mark Alba. She moved frequently as a young child because of her father’s obligations in the U.S. Air Force.

She was often sick in her youth from this constant change in location. This included lung issues such as pneumonia and bronchitis. As a result, she spent most of her time indoors, feeling isolated from other children her age.

The support of her brother and mother helped Jessica get through the tough times. Additionally, she loved reading and watching movies, which inspired her to pursue a career in Hollywood. When she was just 12 years old, Alba was sent to acting school.

She also attended the Atlantic Theater Company, a well-respected acting school in New York City. She was notably shy as a child, but her acting coach helped her to come out of her shell. She also had the privilege of working with William H. Macy and his wife, one of the most popular Hollywood couples.

After graduation, Jessica started landing small roles in commercials as she developed her stage presence. She made her big screen debut in the 1994 movie “Camp Nowhere”.

She also made an appearance on the hit Nickelodeon show “The Secret World of Alex Mack” in 1994. Jessica’s talent and natural charisma were evident from an early age, and she quickly began to make a name for herself in Hollywood.

The Big Breakthrough

Alba branched out from children’s television in the late 1990s with a role in the romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed” and also played a role in the comedy horror movie “Idle Hands”. These films featured her alongside prominent actors such as Devon Sawa and Drew Barrymore.

In 2000, Jessica Alba landed the leading role of Max Guevara in the TV show “Dark Angel”. The show was created by the notable James Cameron and made Jessica a household name after its two-season run on the Fox network. This landed her a nomination for a Golden Globe award amongst other accolades.

After “Dark Angel”, Jessica’s career reached new heights. She starred in a number of blockbuster movies, such as “Fantastic Four” and “Sin City”.

These leading roles took her fame and fortune to new levels, and she quickly became one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood.[1] However, Alba didn’t stop there. After starting a family, she set her sights on entrepreneurial success with a product that would help other parents.

The Honest Company

Jessica Alba had her first of three children in 2008, and she encountered a dangerous experience using a conventional laundry detergent brand. She had an allergic reaction that led to welting and swelling, reminding her of her previous physical health struggles as a child.

She thought long and hard about using these products on her newborn baby. Did she want to expose her child to the same risks and health issues she had experienced in her youth? Jessica decided to create a safe and healthy alternative for families like her own.

Alba teamed up with Brian Lee, a startup expert, and they co-founded The Honest Company. This company would sell safe, eco-friendly, and affordable baby products. [2]

The two put about 6 million dollars of their own money into the company to get it off the ground without the support of VC investors. Three years later, the company became officially incorporated and began to grow into an empire.

Jessica, Brian, and two new partners were able to raise over 128 million dollars by 2014. They used the capital to expand their product offerings, including cleaners, detergents, vitamins, balms, and some pieces of furniture for babies and children.

Since major brands such as Jergens, Clorox, and P&G were not focused on eco-friendly products, The Honest Company had little competition in the safe cleaning product market. Jessica Alba’s New York Times best-selling book, “The Honest Life” further educated customers on the importance of these products.

The company encountered a few rocky roads along the way. Honest Company products were tested and found to have traces of a synthetic surfactant. This contradicted the promise of natural products from the line. The company corrected its course and removed the ingredients from their formulas.

Despite these challenges, Jessica Alba has managed to create a safe and successful product while also being an incredible mother and role model. While the Honest Company navigated these changes, her name held a good standing in the business world and the company is now worth around $550 million.[3]

There’s no doubt that Jessica Alba is one of America’s richest self-made women with an estimated net worth between $100 to $200 million dollars.

Lessons Learned From Jessica Alba’s Journey

Jessica Alba, now the mother of three children and the founder of a billion-dollar enterprise, is a remarkable example of someone who has defied the odds. She overcame a difficult childhood and rose to the top of her field in the ultra-competitive entertainment world.

With that said, there are several key lessons we can learn from Jessica’s journey to success:

  • Physical weakness does not equate to mental illness. Like Alba, many people suffer from chronic physical illnesses that do not hold them back mentally or emotionally. You can create your own opportunities.
  • Jessica did not wait for Hollywood to come knocking on her door. She went out and found her own roles in commercials and TV appearances.
  • When you have a vision, don’t give up until you make it a reality.
  • Find a need in the market and fill it.
  • Build a great team to help you achieve your goals.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks.

All of these lessons are essential for anyone who wants to achieve success in their field. Jessica Alba is living proof that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Jessica Alba’s Financial Success

Here’s one last insight related to Jessica Alba’s success, especially when it comes to the financial success she achieve. It will help you realize how success, especially financial success must be intentional and deliberate before it is achieved.

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Final Thoughts

Jessica Alba is a shining example of what is possible if you work hard and never give up on your dreams. Her story reflects the importance of diligence, hard work, the support of a great team, and most importantly, the willingness to act quickly to seize opportunities. These are essential qualities for anyone who wants to achieve success.

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With that said, we hope you’ve gained a few actionable insights from this Jessica Alba Success Story. We hope they inspire you to get out there and create your own success story.

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THE CRISTIANO RONALDO SUCCESS STORY

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the world renowned Portuguese professional footballer who was named the greatest Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football federation.  He is also considered by legions of soccer fans all over the world to be the best of all time.  In addition to this, he is the first soccer player ever to earn over $1 billion dollars.   So, considering the impressive accomplishments of this phenomenal athlete, we will be diving into how such a legend came to be in this Cristiano Ronaldo Success Story special.

“Iron Sharpens Iron”

They say Iron sharpens Iron, and Ronaldo himself has said, that the best always follow the best, which is why we decided to cover Cristiano Ronaldo, because without question, he is the best.  Cristiano, is a world-class athlete and a successful businessman, and his inspiring success story can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in unimaginable ways.  So, with that being said, let’s dive in.

Nobody starts off as a highly successful elite athlete, let alone an accomplished professional business person.  We all have a beginning, a starting point.  And the same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo as well.

Early Life |  Cristiano Ronaldo Success Story

Cristiano Ronaldo Struggle Story Quote

As a child, Ronaldo shared a room with three of his siblings due to their poor financial circumstances.  And although he came from household that was struggling financially, he still found time to play the sport he loved, and dream of greater things. Being born and raised in remote island known as Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, his life early on revolved around soccer.

Cristiano wasn’t born a legend, but he did something early on which most likely impacted the trajectory of his life. Despite being raised in a home that barely made ends-meet on a remote island, and despite having a father who struggled with alcoholism, Ronaldo decided at a young age to be the best in the world.

Soccer was a big deal in Madeira, as it is in most of Europe, and Cristiano absolutely loved the sport.  He loved it so much, that even when they couldn’t afford a ball to play the game with, he would use bottles, or make a ball made of rags instead.  But a lack of money could not stop his insatiable love for the game.

Even when people doubted his future in the sport, saying he was too skinny, Ronaldo would use their doubt as fuel and often sneak into the gym to bulk up.

Ronaldo was lighting fast, had great footwork, and loved winning.  And it was this concoction of talent and his dedication to being the best,  that would pave the way for his meteoric rise .  A rise that saw him by the young age of 10, to be considered the best on his entire island.

The Sacrifice

Indeed, Ronaldo’s talent was noticed, and after playing for two of the island’s amateur teams, he was offered an opportunity to be groomed to play football for one of Portugal’s most well-known Football clubs. 

The club was known as Sporting CP, and they had a youth academy located 600 miles across the ocean on the mainland of Portugal. 

Now, this was no small matter however, as it required Cristiano to make a massive sacrifice.  It is a sacrifice that not everyone would make.  He had had to make the decision to leave the island of Madeira and his entire family at the young age of 11.  Fortunately, he made the sacrifice, and it was one that would put him on the path to stardom.

Career and Accolades

In just six short years after leaving his hometown and his family, his talent, dedication to training, and prowess on the pitch (field), would have him become the youngest player ever to sign a contract with Europe’s most prestigious professional football league,  ‘Manchester United’.  And this transaction would become one of the most expensive transfer contracts to date.  In 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo made history.

Since then Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to rack up accolade after accolade after accolade.  Here are just  a handful of his biggest accomplishments:

He’s won 5 Ballon d’Or awards, he holds the record for most goals in the UEFA Champions League and the EUFE Championship, the FIFA World Cup, and the UEFA Nations League Finals.  He received the FIFA Player of The Year Award, 2 of The Best FIFA Men’s Player Awards, a FIFA Club Word Cup Golden Ball Award, 3 FIFPro World Player of the Year Awards, 5 World Soccer Player of the Year Awards, 6 Globe Soccer Awards for the Best Player of the Year, 3 Gold Onze Mondial Awards, and the Golden Foot Award.

He’s also the first person in the world to reach over 500 million social media followers, the first active team sport player to earn over $1 billion dollars,

He’s also won hundreds of other national and region awards as well, throughout his colorful professional soccer career playing for the following teams:

  • Andorinha CF (1992 – 1995)
  • Nacional Club (1995 – 1997)
  • Sporting CP(1997 – 2002)
  • Manchester United (2003 – 2009)
  • Real Madrid (2009 – 2018)
  • Juventis (2018 – 2022)
  • Manchester United ( 2022 – Present)
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Future Career and Personal Life 

Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Manchester United and earns a salary of $60 million dollars a year. But his ambition has not been limited to just the profession of football.  He’s also a successful businessman who has a strong personal brand, and earns plenty of money as the owner of multiple hotels in Portugal, gyms throughout Europe, and a hair transplant clinic in Spain.

Cristiano has proven to be a success both on and off the field.  And there is no doubt that his future both in sports and in business looks bright.

As far as his personal life goes, Cristiano has homes all over the world. He peviosly lived in a mansion in Turin Italy with his family, but is now currently living in Manchester, UK.  Ronaldo has been in a relationship with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez since 2017. And he is the proud father of four children; Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., Alana Martina dos Santos Aveiro, Eva Maria Dos Santos, and Mateo Ronaldo.

Success Ethos | CR7 Success Story

So, now that we covered all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s accomplishments, we now want to leave you with the ethos that has driven him to achieve the massive amounts of success and fame that he currently enjoys.

As a true student of success, you know it pays to observe the words uttered by the greats. It pays to understand what they believed. Their words provide insights into the drivers of their success.  And according to our research, we’ve observed Cristiano consistently uttering words that confirms the following:

He has an unmatched confidence in himself, he has an inspiring and clear vision of who he wants to be and where he wants to go, he has an insane work ethic and is dedicated to self-improvement, and lastly, he has an insatiable will to win.  But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself.  Here are the handful of words that Cristiano Ronaldo has uttered himself which sums up the ethos that guides his success:

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Conclusion

There you have it, the Cristiano Ronaldo struggle story that describes his journey from a poor kid living in a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to becoming the most famous athlete in the world.  We’ve uncovered the success ethos that has guided him in creating the massive success he now enjoys. Here they are again as a recap to answer the question about how Cristiano Ronaldo became successful:

Decision | Sacrifice | Self-Confidence | Inspiring Vision | Work Ethic | An Insatiable Will to Win

If you enjoyed the success insights above, then you’ll love these Cristiano Ronaldo quotes about success as well. Surely you can gain some insights from this Cristiano Ronaldo Success Story and apply them to your life.  Our hope is that by doing so, you can become the very best YOU there is.

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