Actor Tobey Maguire of Spider-Man and The Great Gatsby fame grew up poor, sometimes sleeping in shelters. He says success for him was about “having the ability to imagine a different future for yourself.”
So, yeah, there’s something to believing you’ll make it, but then again, don’t most children have aspirations of being successful?
I’ve never heard a kid say he wants to grow up to be incarcerated, drug-addicted, homeless or unemployed.
Whether you believe it’s destiny, prayer from the ancestors, good old fashioned grit or all three, there is a formula for having goals, pushing through obstacles and not turning back no matter what.
An article called 7 Reasons Why People Succeed says they usually share the following traits:
1.They have desire
2. They have a plan
3. They have a winning attitude
4. They show enthusiasm
5. They are always learning
6. They are efficient
7. They give themselves time
As parents or anyone who influence young people’s lives, I think it’s important to begin helping them not only outline their goals and desires but encouraging the values that lead to success. Values like perseverance, doing their best, and allowing them to fail so that they will know how to bounce back when they have challenges help create a successful adult.
If you’ve been able to stay on track with achieving your accomplishments, what do you credit it to? And if you’ve had problems, what’s gotten you off track?
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Oprah! Here Are 20 of Our Favorite "O" Moments
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1. A look back at some of the most memorable interviews from the queen of media, Oprah Winfrey.
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2. Oprah conducted the show's first interview with a sitting president and 1st lady
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3. In 2009, Whitney Houston talked with Oprah about her struggles with drugs.
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4. In Jay-Z's 2009 appearance on the show, they debated the use of the n-word.
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5. In the most watched interview in TV history, in 1993, with Michael Jackson.
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6. Dave Chappelle talked about why he walked away from 50M.
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7. Magic Johnson was a guest on Oprah 15 years after being diagnosed with HIV.
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8. Will Smith graced The Oprah Winfrey Show 15 times before her final season.
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9. "Mentor-mother-sister-friend," Maya Angelou came on the show.
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10. Oprah considers Nelson Mandela's visit to be a great honor.
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11. Tiger Woods coined the term 'Cablinasian' to describe his mixed heritage.
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12. Terry McMillan and her ex Jonathan Plummer discussed the end of their marriage.
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13. Tina Turner came of the show numerous times. Another of Oprah's favs.
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14. In 1996 Oprah spoke with the Little Rock Nine about Central High in Arkansas.
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15. Halle Berry was a guest on Oprah over 20 times.
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16. Denzel Washington is one of Oprah's favorite guests.
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17. Tyler Perry revealed the abuse and molestation he suffered as a child.
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18. Patti LaBelle was on the Oprah show over 20 times since her first visit in 1991.
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19. Mike Tyson was a guest on the show and talked about the death of his daughter.
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20. Michael Jordan talked to Oprah about finally retiring from NBA.
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