Hollywood is crazy, and the celebrities have become so powerful, that even Kanye West is planning on becoming president. They might have committed unforgivable crimes, but we can still learn something from them, as they are all highly successful in their careers. They turn all of their mistakes into movies, songs, books and even documentaries, which is actually a great business move. Still, they worked various low paid jobs until they managed to even start building their career, like Channing Tatum who was a stripper, which certainly helped him with his role in “Magic Mike”. That’s why they are worth listening to.
Don’t commit a crime, and don’t follow their mistakes, but learn from their business accomplishments and follow their advice.
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1. Naomi Campbell
“I like to control everything, and you cannot control everything. You have to at some point say, ‘I let go and I’m going to let the cards fall where they fall...’ For a control freak, it’s hard.”
Naomi Campbell, is one of the sexiest women alive, and knows how to run a business, but she has some serious anger management issues, and this girl definitely likes to hit other people. In 2000, she threw a mobile phone at her assistant, and later she did the same to her maid. She has also spit at police officers and kicked people, just because her luggage went missing.
Just few years ago, she attacked her chauffeur, and in 2015 she kicked a cameraman in Cuba. Looking at her track record, we can definitely see that she can’t control everything, especially her actions – except for kicking the heavy bag, she seems to keep herself fit by punching people.
However, she isn’t just a supermodel, but also a super woman. Follow her advice, and if you are a control freak too, learn to sometimes back off and let things go the way they’re supposed to. Another lesson every control freak should learn is that sometimes not everything goes according to the plan, and the sign of being successful is being able to make it look like it was planned.
2. Martha Stewart
"Getting over those unexpected hurdles may not be exactly enjoyable, but ultimately I believe that such challenges and the solutions we find give us more confidence. They teach us with common sense and determination we can turn what looks like a disaster into a triumph."
The only unexpected thing was that she got caught and was convicted of insider trading in 2004. Moreover, she made false statements to federal investigators, which didn’t help her avoid prison. It just made the whole scandal even worse. However, as she says, disaster can be turned into a triumph, and she made a big comeback in 2011. During her time in prison, she managed to keep her pride and keep her good reputation.
She made her prison disaster a topic of every stand up show, and if she managed to make it a success, then you can turn every failure to your benefit. Many celebrities failed, but they didn’t sit in their room and cry about it – they admitted the mistake, used it to their benefit and then proudly corrected it.
3. Tom Brady
“I think often times when you are successful, you think, ’Oh, man, well, we must have done everything right,’ but the guys who are here, we realize that we’re always trying to improve and that’s no different this year, ... Even in those winning years, we were not perfect in every phase.”
Tom Brady definitely isn’t perfect, and although girls still adore him, many men were disappointed to find out that he used underinflated balls to increase the result of his team. To make things even worse, he lied about it and didn’t confess. However, if we look back a bit, and go through his successful career, we can learn a lot, especially if you apply this quote to your career. At one point when you succeed, you mustn’t think that you are the best at every part of your business. There is always something that needs improving, so don’t think your mission is ever accomplished. Many people with startups fail the moment they reach success, because they think they are perfect at every aspect of their field.
4. Jay Z
“Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.”
Self-awareness in both life and business. You need to be self-preservative in order to grow by recognizing your strengths and weaknesses. You shouldn’t think of your weaknesses as obstacles, you should use them to your benefit. Jay Z advises that you need to look at your past and roots, and don’t let them fully define you, as you are an individual who is defined by their choices.
Obviously, he didn’t let his murder attempt define him. He believed that his record executive Lance Riviera was the one to blame for bootlegging his album Vol. 3, so he stabbed him in a Manhattan club in 1999. I am sure you have 99 problems just like Jay Z, but if you don’t like your executive, just fire him, don’t stab the man.
5. Mike Tyson
“Everyone says “I wish I was in your shoes…”, the hundreds of people that wish they were in my shoes don’t know the tenth of it. If they were in my shoes they would cry like a baby.”
The worst thing to do is wish you were someone else. Be happy with who you are – if someone is more successful than you, the easiest thing to do is wish you were in their shoes, but it takes courage to work on becoming as good as someone else, or even better.
According to Mike Tyson’s criminal record, he was arrested in 1991, because an 18-year old claimed to have been pinned down and raped by him. We definitely don’t know even the tenth of his dark past, so don’t judge the person only by their success.
6. OJ Simpson
“The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top.”
If you want to succeed and get to the top, you need to take responsibility for your actions. Stop making excuses why something failed, but take responsibility and focus on finding solutions.
In 1994 OJ Simpson was accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The whole world knew about the controversial trial, but he was eventually acquitted. He didn’t take the responsibility for that, and we’ll never know whether he did it or not. However, in 2007, he admitted he tried to rob a Las Vegas casino, but only to reclaim items that were previously stolen from him (according to his statement). At least he was a man of his word, and took responsibility- even though he still needed to make excuses for his actions.
7. Charlie Sheen
“But you can’t focus on things that matter if all you’ve been is asleep for forty years. Funny how sleep rhymes with sheep. You know.”
Charlie has had a lot of problems with the law, especially regarding drugs, alcohol and porn. Also, in 1990 he accidentally shot Kelly Preston. Except for all that, he was also demolishing hotel rooms, but still managed to stay on top, despite being a really naughty celebrity. People tend to lose themselves waiting for something to happen, and just keep on wasting their time on nonsense. Instead of wasting your precious time, get up and do something about your career. In order to focus on important things and succeed, you need to wake up and face reality.
8. Wesley Snipes
“I’ve reduced a lot of the stress in my life. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things. The light was turned on and a lot of the cockroaches started spinning. I swept them out the door. And sometimes you just have to throw things out because they carry a certain energy.”
Wesley Snipes certainly got rid of stressful things in his life, such as doing taxes. We all know how stressful that is, but let’s not follow his example. He spent some time in prison because of income tax evasion, and was released in 2013. The secrets to success are definitely motivation and determination, which can be achieved by increasing productivity and improving your overall mood. Don’t stress out or let yourself be under pressure all the time – focus on the positive things instead. Get rid of all the negative emotions and stressful things in order to reach your dreams.
9. Kobe Bryant
“There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something there is a choice you have to make. We can all be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that, family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with along that decision.”
Every career is a long journey of making choices, sacrifices and decisions, whether right or wrong. You will have to make a sacrifice at some point, but don’t forget to make up for that. In 2003, Kobe Bryant was under investigation for committing sexual assault, and the 19 year-old refused to testify, which led to the charges being dropped, but she eventually filed another lawsuit and they settled out of court. Whatever really happened, Kobe Bryant made sacrifices to get to the top, and now he has it all. Except for a great career; he has a happy marriage and a few things to teach us about success.
10. Paris Hilton
“I’m an actress, a brand, a businesswoman. I’m all kinds of stuff.”
Paris Hilton is definitely a brand, and there is nothing bad to say when it comes to her business. She earned much of her money by doing everything she could to turn herself into a well-known brand. I think that’s called doing business the right way. She was accused of driving under the influence and possessing cocaine and marijuana, but she turned every scandal into an opportunity to become more fabulous and famous. She even obstructed the arresting officer and violated probation.
Paris Hilton has taught us a valuable lesson about having a successful career, and that is becoming a brand. You need to make a brand of yourself in order to be successful. No one will place you on the top, you need to do that for yourself. There are many heiresses, but only one has become wildly popular, and now sits on the list of the most famous blondes with the likes of Marilyn Monroe. Don’t create a brand, be a brand yourself!
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Their arrogance and feelings of entitlement are definitely something that makes us hate these celebrities, but we shouldn’t forget that all the people on this list have done a lot of charity work and used their money for a good purpose. Most of the celebrities are really generous, and they went through a lot to gain their success.