Sophrosyne

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My alternate source of inspiration

on August 25, 2012

When we think inspiration, we automatically link it to successful businessman; the likes of Bill Gates or Richard Branson or atheletes like Lance Armstrong. There is a very large group of ‘successful people’ we do not give sufficient credit to; The actors and actress. I am not saying: Get out there and become groupies. All I am suggesting is this; put aside the glamor and limelight, and look at all the hardwork they have to put in to immerse themselves into the roles and to maintain the way they look. It is part and parcel of their career that they have to be constantly in the limelight and be scutinized by the public. I suppose you can say that is the price of stardom. But really, they are no different than the rest of us. They still get fat if they overeat and they suffer the same ailments that we do.

I can already hear the voices of people who are against viewing movie stars as role models make the following comment: “They make so much money, if I were to be paid that, I can do that too!” But honestly, can you??

One may ask where did all these thoughts come from? I was one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to perform on stage before. Therefore, I can say without a doubt that it took a lot of hard work to get to where they are today. Their job is so over-glamourised that everything is obscured. It is all well and fabulous to have thousands of adoring fans, but can you imagine the immense pressure you have to face in order to live up to each and every one of their expectations? That aside, the focus of the today’s post is this: To be a mega-star, there are a lot of hard work and determination behind the scene that we do not see.

I went to the movies yesterday because I had to see Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages. He is one of those who works really hard! His personal life aside, we are all entitled to choose what to believe in and how to live our lives. He, to me, is the epiphany of dedication and determination! Of course, he is one of a few actors that I really admire. He inspires me because he is relentless in his pursuit for perfection in the roles that he undertakes. I really applaud that! Too many of us give up too soon.

The message for today is: Even the mega-stars need to work really heard for what they have today, then why do so many of us think that we do not need to make as much effort to succeed? If we look around ourselves and drop the envy and judgement; you will find that there are many people around us that are worthy to be our inspiration, and they are just normal everyday real people, not those on the covers of self-help books.


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