11 Celebrities Who Reveal the Secrets of a Successful Life
Success is the constant achievement of all planned goals that are important to the individual.
Most people measure and analyze their success by comparing it with the others, but real success means rendering value to your own potential and developing your own personality.
Authentic success is related to the goals of each person. However, all that matters is the effort you make to achieve your goals.
The steps you take as you walk along the road to achieving success are usually analyzed subjectively from the perspective of personal experiences of every person. But even so, there are certain secrets and definitions of success that you can customize and they can be really helpful for you.
So, here are some celebrities who will tell you their definition of success and what it means to them! Read on for more and enjoy it!
Amy Poehler, 48-year-old, actress: “Your career will never marry you”
Amy Poehler is an American actress born in Newton, Massachusetts. Amy Poehler played a lot of interesting roles, being well-known for her collaborations with Tina Fey, for which she received an Emmy award. She also won the Golden Globe for best television actress in a comedy in 2014.
Amy Poehler publicly said that it is important to treat your career with indifference, because if it takes a negative turn then you will suffer more than you think. Therefore, we should not focus our efforts on a single objective. In other words, all she wanted to say is to be ready for whatever will happen in your life, because the road to success can be fraught with failures as well. The actress suggests you associate the success with a bad boyfriend.
“Here is the thing. Your career won’t take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will only openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget your birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It is never going to leave its wife. Your career is fu**ng other people and everyone knows but you. Your career will never marry you!” said the actress.
Justin Timberlake, 39-year-old, singer and actor: “Where am I running?”
Justin Timberlake is a well-known American singer. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee and he has appeared in TV shows like Star Search and the Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Timberlake’s work has brought him nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards.
Justin Timberlake said in a 2011 interview that it is very important not to forget your own purpose and goals on the path to success. Trying to earn the respect and appreciation of everyone around you can have a major impact on your career and could really affect your life in a negative way. All that matters is to focus on your purpose, to work hard and to always remember what is your goal. Do not try to impress others and you will be really happy with your condition.
“I think the first half of my 20s I felt I had to achieve, achieve, achieve. A lot of men do this. I’m looking around now and I’m like, ‘Where am I running?’”, said the singer.
Chris Rock, 55-year-old, comedian: “If you got a career, thank God.”
Chris Rock is an American actor and comedian and he was born in Andrews, South Carolina. Chris Rock was even voted by the public as one of the best comedians in the United States.
Chris Rock is the only one who accentuates the difference between a career and a job. He said that it is very important to transform your job into a career because a job won’t make you feel fulfilled.
“If you got a career, thank God. If you got a job, I hope you get a career one day. Cus when you got a career, there ain’t enough time in the day. When you got a career, time just flies by. When you got a job, there is too much time,” the comedian said in a TV show.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 72-year-old, politician: “Career is different from having a life.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton is an American politician and public speaker and she was born in Chicago, Illinois. Hillary Clinton also served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, as the United States senator and as the United States secretary of state. Time magazine considered her one of the most influential women of the twentieth century.
Clinton said in the 1998 convocation at Howard University that having a life involves other activities and feelings than having a career and if you want to have a career then you have to choose between living your life and working hard for your success.
“Do not confuse having a career with having a life. They are not the same,” said Clinton.
Louis C.K., 52-year-old, comedian: “Success is like climbing a mountain.”
Louis Szekely, also known as Louis C.K., is an American comedian and actor. He won a Peabody Award in 2012 and six Primetime Emmy Awards. Louis started his career writing for famous comedians and he became popular pretty quickly.
Louis C.K. publicly said that success won’t last long if we do not do something to keep it alive. All you have to do is to try to motivate yourself and to find inspiration in everything that surrounds you. The success should be maintained even after you achieved the goal.
“[As you find success] you do find yourself missing the climb. It’s a little like Mount Everest. When you submit, you spend about 20 minutes up there, and you do a little dance, but if the 20-minute dance was really it, would you really risk your life for the amount of work it takes to get up and down? So every time I feel like I’ve found a clearing, I try to find something else that I do not know how to do yet. That’s just much more interesting to me,” said Louis.
Denzel Washington, 65-year-old, actor: “At the end of the day it’s about who you’ve made better.”
Denzel Washington is a famous actor and the winner of two Oscars. Washington made his professional debut playing in the movie Wilma in 1977. Washington holds the record for most African-American actor Oscar nominations.
In terms of success, Denzel Washington believes that accomplishments should be used as a social tool for helping others and helping them grow. It is very important to use your successful life to improve your emotional condition and you can achieve this only if you help other people.
“At the end of the day, it is not about what you have or even what you have accomplished… It is about who you have lifted up, who you have made better,” said the actor in his book collection ‘A Hand to Guide Me’.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 38-year-old, actor: “I question things to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor who played impressive roles in famous movies, such as Latter Days, 10 Things I Hate About You, the hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun and many more. The actor was born in Los Angeles, California, but he grew up in the Sherman Oaks district.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks that it is very important to ask yourself a lot of things about your evolution to see if you are in the right place. Sometimes we are not on the right path and it is fine, but he recommends us to always be curious about our route.
“Why am I doing the work I am doing? Am I living the best life I possibly can? Questions are often looked upon as questions of doubt but I do not see it that way at all. I question things to stay present, to make sure I am doing what I am supposed to be doing,” said the actor.
Lady Gaga, 33-year-old, singer: “Your career won’t tell you that it doesn’t love you.”
Lady Gaga is a well-known and very talented singer and actress, she is famous for her extravagant outfits and her wonderful voice. The singer’s accomplishments include numerous records in The Guinness Book of Records, three Brit Awards, eleven Grammys, an Oscar plus many more awards.
While some celebrities recommend you prioritize your loved ones over your career, the famous singer Lady Gaga suggests you to always choose the career because it won’t break your heart or your expectations. She publicly said that she wants to focus on her career rather than relationships.
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you are wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore,” said Lady Gaga.
Maya Angelou, poet, 1928 – 2014: “Making a living is different than a life”
Maya Angelou was an American poet and singer who published a lot of amazing books, autobiographies, and poetry. Maya Angelou’s autobiographies brought her fame and her work was rewarded with many accolades and honorary degrees.
Her opinion about having a successful life was made public in the past and she thought that the main purpose of life is to focus on making a life because you only have one.
“I have learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’,” said Maya Angelou.
Kelly Cutrone, 54-year-old, publicist: “You are not what you do.”
Kelly Cutrone is an American publicist and author and she was born in Camillus, New York.
She wrote in her book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You in 2010 that your career should not define you. In fact, we work to live, we do not live to work, there is a difference! But you have to work harder if you want to achieve your goal and to transform that effort into something enjoyable.
“As you move through your career and your life, you will have to learn that if you are not what you do, then what you do has no business keeping you entertained at night.”
Taylor Swift, 30-year-old, singer: “We are taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up.”
Taylor Swift is a famous pop-country singer born in Reading, Pennsylvania. The collaboration with Big Machine Records (an independent record company) brought her fame in 2006 and her debut album was the self-titled “Taylor Swift” with the first single being “Tim McGraw”. The album sold in 3.6 million copies. In 2009, Taylor Swift was in the top 70 richest people, after earning $18 million.
When it comes to success, Taylor Swift thinks that one of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to compare or measure our road to success to others. You should keep in mind the fact that we see things differently in life because, in general, we tend to filter everything through our own experiences.
“We are taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up. But I can’t find anyone, really, who’s had the same career trajectory as mine. So when I’m in an optimistic place I hope that my life won’t match anyone else’s life trajectory, either, going forward,” said Taylor Swift.