Love them or hate them, celebrities remind us all of one thing: You can live the life of your dreams.
The truth is, many of the presently successful and celebrated personalities did not always have it easy. To attain their status, they determinately overcame barriers, tried and failed, and tried some more before they actually succeeded.
Here are a couple of undying lessons on achieving your goals from celebrated personalities in sports, film, manufacturing and technology:
But the road to success has not always been rosy for the two professional tennis players. They grew up in Compton, one of the most notorious ghettos in Los Angeles where it could be argued that there was very little opportunity to succeed at a sport.
With the guidance of their dad, the Williams sisters put in hours of training in public tennis courts until they finally attracted the attention of the media and the tennis world and they were catapulted to fame.
During their career, they have both fought life-threatening diseases and managed to stay in top form and to win consecutive matches.
Lesson: To reach your end goal, you must be prepared to overcome a lot of obstacles. Persistence is indispensible.
Nooyi has learnt to seek as much help as she can to be able to meet her responsibilities at work and advance her career, a very important aspect of her life.
She admits that her extended family has been instrumental in helping her take care of her children while she took care of business at PepsiCo.
In the workplace, she has also solicited help from secretaries and subordinates who help her with mundane tasks such as picking up calls from her children to scheduling meetings, handling emails and making travel arrangements.
Allowing other people to come in and help her has allowed Nooyi to become the highest paid businesswoman in the world, attracting an annual salary of $20 million.
According to Mark, he has been able to build a successful company by training himself to focus on the most important stuff. In other words, to reach his goals, he has had to strictly manage his time and efforts.
He says, “The question I ask myself every day is whether I am doing the most important thing I could be doing at this moment.” This is the only way that he feels good about the way he is spending his time and is a philosophy he tries to implement at Facebook.
Lesson: Good time management is critical if you want to get anything done. The most successful people are keen on how they spend their time.
Watson auditioned eight times before landing a leading, decade-long role in the Harry Porter series. Other than her film achievements, which have garnered a net worth of $60 million, she has also excelled in her educational endeavors, having graduated from Oxford and Brown.
According to the young Watson, “Ultimately, if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, amazing things can and will happen.”
Lesson: Most times, you will have to try and try before achieving your goal. What really matters is your commitment to achieving it.