Success story–it could be you

English: Actor Sylvester Stallone as Rocky VI.
Actor Sylvester Stallone as Rocky VI. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A friend sent this to me on facebook:

This is one of the greatest stories ever told in Hollywood. His name is Sylvester Stallone, one of the most famous American Movie superstars. Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor in every definition. Things got so bad that he even ended up homeless. He slept at the New York bus station for 3 days because he was unable to pay rent or afford food. His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at a liquor store to any stranger because he didn’t have money to feed the dog anymore. He sold it for only $25 and walked away crying.

Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, ROCKY. He wrote the script in only 20 hours! He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000 for the script. But he had just one request. He wanted to star in the movie. He wanted to be the main actor, but the studio said no. They wanted an established actor.

They said he “Looked funny and talked funny”. He left with his script. A few weeks later, the studio offered him $250,000 for the script. He refused. They even offered $350,000. He still refused. They wanted his movie, but not him. He said no. He had to be in that movie.

After a while, the studio agreed, gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it! The rest is history! The movie won Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing at the prestigious Oscar Awards. He was even nominated for BEST ACTOR! The Movie ROCKY was even inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies ever!

And do You know the first thing he bought with the $35,000? THE DOG HE SOLD. Yes, Stallone LOVED HIS DOG SO MUCH that he stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he sold his dog to. And on the 3rd day, he saw the man coming with the dog. Stallone explained why he sold the dog and begged for the dog back. The man refused. Stallone offered him $100. The man refused. He offered him $500. And the guy refused. Yes, he refused even $1000. And, believe it or not, Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same dog he sold for $25! But he finally got his dog back.

And today, the same Stallone who slept in the streets and sold his dog JUST BECAUSE he couldn’t even feed it anymore, is one of the greatest Movie Stars ever.

Being broke is tough, really hard. Have you ever had a dream–a wonderful dream? But you are too broke to implement it? Too unsuccessful to do it? Too small to accomplish it?  I’ve been there too many times!

Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a nobody. People will want your products but NOT YOU. It’s a tough world. If you aren’t already famous, or rich or “connected” you will find it rough.
Doors will be shut on you. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet it might seem that nothing good is happening to you.

And then your hopes will be crushed. You might even be broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And yes, you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes, it does.

But never let them crush that dream. . Whatever happens to
You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People may judge You by HOW you look and by WHAT You have. But please, Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, ITS OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. TRUST ME.

Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. Go get it.

Like and share if inspired. Lovely day people!


  1. Its pretty obouivs that Eric thinks this interviewer is a douchebag (and rightly so) who gives a fuck about The Expendibles’ why didnt you ask him some real questions eg. how drugs have affected his acting career. Im sure it would be much more interesting!

  2. You should sit down with Rachel soimemte between now and then. She has some great insights into how women are taught, the lies they are told, and how the gospel can break through to them.She sees a lot of negatives and a lot of powerful ways women can be communicated with. Thinking of these things during the conference might help you for both your blog and your own personal growth.Plus I’d be interested to hear such a conversation! lol. I love when Rachel talks about these things.

  3. Hi Will,Super inspiration here!We see the end reuslt and forget the release it took to arrive at this post. Sly gave up much to become successful. I can only imagine how miserable he felt when selling his dog to barely get by. But in the end, look where the release led him. He was able to create one of the most inspirational movies of all time, and he got his dog back too.Thanks!Ryan

  4. I never knew Sly Stallone had that much character. You’ve really hit a low when you have to give up something precious because there’s no other way; I understand his tears ..

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