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George Clooney

George Clooney: American actor.

Born: May 6, 1961

When George Clooney played a pediatrician on ER, he had plenty of experience with children’s doctors to draw from.  Stricken as a child with Bell’s Palsy, he spent months with part of his face paralyzed.

That was the worst time of my life.  You know how cruel kids can be. I was mocked and taunted, but the experience made me stronger.

As a young man, it was not so much that he found acting but that acting found him

I didn’t even want to be an actor.  I was just hanging out with my cousin.

He got a small part in a movie and that opened doors for him.

I rented my car, a Monte Carlo, to them and got fifty bucks a day. They gave me a part as an extra. And Miguel said, Come to L.A. and be an actor. I had just spent the summer cutting tobacco, which is a miserable job. So that’s what made me move to Hollywood.

To other young people considering acting he offers this warning.

When you’re young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that’s the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you’re a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win.

Jeffrey Gallat

Jeffrey Gallat: federal judge.

In his own words.

Everyone at school said that I was lazy or stupid or both. After a while I began to believe them. Sometimes, I just gave up.

My parents never gave up on me although it must have been a great disappointment to those two scholarly people that their first born could barely graduate from high school.

They encouraged me to go to college and I did, graduating last in my class. I wanted to go to law school against the best advice of my school counselors. Again they encouraged and supported me, this time along with one of my professors, Dr. Hugo Mailey.

Law school was easier than college because there was more emphasis on concepts and less on rote learning, my greatest weakness.

I was a lucky one. Loving parents, a college professor and a law school roommate supported me, encouraged me and refused to let me fall victim to my frustrations and give up.

By the age of thirty-seven, I was a judge.

It is the schools which hold the key to avoiding the type of conflict we see in the family courts. An early diagnosis of the problem and an integrated treatment plan, including not only help for the child, but, also, counseling for the parents, would save many children now going astray.

Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso: legendary operatic tenor.

Born: February 25, 1873

Died:  August 2, 1921

While Caruso never had much to say about his classroom teachers, he remembered well his voice teacher.
It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and – I remember – he constantly warned, don’t let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice.

An amazing tenor, Caruso loved his audience.
I know that I shall sing only a certain number of times. So I think to myself, “Tonight I will hold back my voice. I will save it a little and that will mean I may be able to sing a few more times.” But when I go before the audience, when I hear the music and begin to sing, I cannot hold back. I give the best there is in me – I give all.

He credited his difficulties with his success.

I suffer so much in this life. That is what they [the audience] are feeling when I sing, that is why they cry. People who felt nothing in this life cannot sing.

Of course, he also gave others credit where due.
A big chest, a big mouth, 90 percent memory, 10 percent intelligence, lots of hard work, and something in the heart.

Theo Paphitis

Theo Paphitis: British business tycoon.

Born: September 24, 1959.

Even as an adult, Theo Paphitis does not like to read.

You know what?  My inspiration to be in business did not actually come from a book.  It actually came from watching telly as a kid.

TV inspired me at that stage and I knew I wanted to run my own business.

He does enjoy learning about what others are doing, however.

I look at other people who are entrepreneurial or successful and you know what?  I don’t have jealousy and I don’t have envy.  I have pure admiration and it drives me so I love to read, I love to see people who are successful, more successful than me because that drives me.

He credits his success to his creative edge.

Every year, no matter how busy I am, I [take off] all the school holidays.  That’s the time I spend with my family and…that’s the time I have most of my creative thoughts.

And to his intrinsic curiosity.

Finance meant getting stuck into other people’s business – and I’m a nosy bugger. You had to go through the business, you had to go through all the bits and pieces. My curiosity was enough to get me to ask the right questions.

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich: American environmental activist.

Born:  June 22, 1960

School is supposed to be a place for learning and making friends.  For internationally famous activist Erin Brockovich, school was a source of discouragement and humiliation.

People called me stupid — I knew that I could learn, but I just couldn’t learn the way that society wanted to teach me. There are no set answers, just be who you are.

My high school teachers would not have believed I could have read all those [legal] briefs.  Early on I was told I probably wouldn’t make it through college. I knew I wasn’t stupid, but I had great hardships in school — since second grade.

Brockovich praises one special teacher.

If it weren’t for…my high school history teacher, I would have been completely demoralized by schools.  My teacher was always puzzled by my performance. In class I always knew everything and yet I always flunked the test.

So she let Brockovich take her history exams orally.

She was invaluable in helping my self-esteem.

Today her words to anyone, whether a client or a struggling student, are simple.

Never give up hope.  When someone helping you gets frustrated, don’t let them. Take a step back, because you can’t learn anything under pressure. And don’t worry about the label!

Life is full of challenges whether you are learning disabled or not. It’s how you handle those challenges. Never be afraid to be just who you are.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone: American Film Actor.

Born: July 6, 1946

It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful.

Sly Stallone certainly knows life has its ups and downs.  In school he was thought to be slow and was eventually placed in a high school for children with special needs.

When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.

But he made it through, and later used his struggles to pen the Academy Award winning move Rocky.

I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.

Today he remembers his humble beginnings and how they shaped him.

I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don’t know if I’m the monarch of all I survey.

I’ve kind of fashioned my life after a Slinky. Bend me in a million shapes, and eventually I’ll spring back to what I originally was.

He has these thought to offer those who are struggling.

Once in one’s life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived.

Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.

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