Can You Go From Famine To Feast? Here Are The Legends Who Have...
By Diane Cubitt, Legends Report Contributor
Most of us go through life believing that what we do is all we are cut out for. We have been told that we will never amount to anything and we believe it. However, we have much more inside and if you believe in yourself and your abilities, the world is there for you to conquer. How?
Starting From Nothing...
There are many people in power, in politics or running huge corporations that started with nothing but a dream. That dream grew and grew within them until they met someone that helped them and showed them that it wasn't just a dream, but could be a reality. That person helped them light the fire they needed to make things happen. They didn't tell them to just go and do it, they gave them the mentoring they needed, empowering them with the self-confidence and self-belief needed - until that dream came to life and became a reality.
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
- Albert Schweitzer
To kick things off, a couple of legends who came from nothing are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Branson. The former started off in humble beginnings in Austria, seemingly destined to stay there, while Richard Branson grew up dyslexic with a constant fear of public speaking that he carried through adulthood. Now, one has governed one of the largest states in America and the other is running one of the biggest and most successful businesses in the world.
It's not just in business that people have dreams, it's also in sports. Young children have grown up with nothing but have now developed into some of the top athletes and sports personalities in the world...
The Canadian Baseball team Blue Jays' star hitter José Bautista, was stuck in the minor league for six years, only breaking out 10 years after he was drafted. He has since been voted into the top ten of the Most Valuable Player Award... four times!!
Football star Didier Drogba didn't sign his first professional contract until he was 21 (about five years later than most international players). He has since become one of the biggest names at Chelsea Football Club, winning the English Premier League several times while representing his country, the Ivory Coast, in World Cups.
Today, many know Manny Pacquiao as one of the greatest boxers in professional boxing history - the only boxer to ever win world titles in eight different weight divisions. Recently he has also successfully entered politics in his home country. However, before he was a Filipino boxing hero, raking in $56 million in salary and winnings, he lived on the streets of Kibawe, Philippines in dire poverty. His trainer, Freddie Roach explains in an interview.
“Manny ran away from home after his father ate his dog and he lived on the street, where he bought doughnuts at a doughnut store and then sold each one for a nickel more to survive... He slept in a cardboard box. He fought his way through all this, and look at the man he is today."
What they all have in common is their determination and a mentor. They can all say that there was that one person in their life, that had such an influence on them, and who gave them the strength to fight for what they wanted.
Richard Branson had Sir Freddie Laker as his mentor. Arnold Schwarzenegger credits his mother, Reg Park and Joe Weider as helping him. Manny Pacquiao had Freddie Roach. Even the great Steve Jobs had mentors early on and later in his career.
If you have that person close to you, you just need to listen carefully to what they are saying. It might sound like a lot of gibberish at times, but if you really listen - all the words will come together and they will start to make sense.