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Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

From Italian Stallion to Lonewolf to Barney Ross, the journey of a Hollywoood Star……

                  A Motivator, An humble human being and A Super action star

“Sylvester Stallone”

 

It’s about time I started blogging on certain topics of interest so as my dear friend Kaushal Gajjar has insisted me in writing something for his website I have decided to make it a tribute to one of the biggest motivator of my life.

 

Every one no matter how old or how big or how experienced always looks up to their parents for their motivation. However we do acknowledge the fact that other than our parents there are people around us whose life stories even tough not personally witnessed or experienced does motivate us. These are the people who have fought a war, whose beginning was not like that of a prince but like one of a newly born turtle which has to fight the odd to reach the ocean of opportunities. They were also the ones who didn’t stop on reaching the ocean they conquered it and reached the pinnacle of glory. We respect such warriors and through this blog I would be sharing this legacy of one such motivator of my life “Sylvester Stallone”.

 
 

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Early Life:

Born on July 6th, 1946 in one of the busiest cities of world New-York, ‘Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone’ is son of ‘Frank Stallone Sr’ an astrologer and ‘Jackie Stallone’ a beautician and hairdresser. Having undergone a difficult birth, sly had a forceps accident at the time of birth due to which he ended up with a droopy visage and slurred speech, but who was to know that this is what would become the trademark of this great actor.

 
 

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Sylvester had a difficult childhood, from witnessing a hostile relationship between his parents to living in a foster home after their divorce he had been through all. He eventually ended up in Philadelphia, living with his mother and his step father. Having undergone so much trauma at a very young age Sylvester had to struggle both emotionally and academically, after being expelled from several schools he competed his schooling from a special high school for troubled youth in Philadelphia.

 

After graduation, Stallone eventually went on to college. First, he attended the American College in Switzerland where he studied drama. Stallone then went to the University of Miami, again choosing to focus on the dramatic arts. He left school before completing his degree to go to New York City to pursue an acting career.

 

Aspiring Actor:

While he waited for his acting career to take off, Stallone worked all sorts of jobs to make ends meet. He cleaned up the lions’ cages at the Central Park Zoo, ushered at a movie theatre, and even made an appearance in an adult film called A Party at Kitty and Studs (1970). But these were just the start of his struggling life, aspiring to become an actor can be very difficult for people coming from a humble background and so it was for sly.

 
 

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There was a point in his struggling career where Sylvester was so broke that he stole his wife’s jewellery and sold it, there were times where he ended up homeless and yes he did sleep New York Bus station for 3 days. Unable to pay rent or afford food , his lowest point came in life when he had to sell his pet dog to a stranger at a local liquor shop for 25$ as he didn’t have the money to feed the dog. He said in one of his writings that he walked away crying that day.

 

As said destiny only tests you for so long, two weeks after this incident Stallone saw a boxing match between Mohammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, this was the match that stimulated Stallone’s and he gave birth to one of the greatest stories and role ever written ‘Rocky Balboa’. He wrote the script for 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 Stream Actor, Rocky himself. But the studio said no. They wanted a Real Star.

 

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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 , it was meant to be. So 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!

 

But that doesn’t interest me, what does is what he did with the $35000 he had earned, what he bought with it…. Can you guess …?? Yes, the DOG he SOLD, Stallone loved his dog so much that he waited at the liquor store for 3 whole day for the man he had sold the 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 at $25 only! And he finally got his dog back!

 

After this it was all rise and shine for this star, his journey just began a journey that transformed him from a underdog actor to super star of the Hollywood industry. He gave movies that inspired and motivated people all around the globes, some of his all time hits were Rocky I – VI, Rambo I, II, III,  Specialist and many more.

 
 
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After years of being the target of many critical barbs, Stallone had received many appreciations for his life’s work. He received an honorary Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Academy Award, in 1992 and an acting award at the Stockholm film festival in 1997. In 2008, Stallone became the first person to receive the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich film festival

 

So you see, Being broke is bad. Really bad. Have you ever had a dream? A wonderful dream? But You are too broke to implement it? Too tiny to do it? Too small to accomplish it?

 

Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a Nobody. People wont accept you, make fun of you. It’s a tough world. If you ain’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 Nothing will happen.

 

And then your hopes will be crashed. But never let them crush that Dream , it’s yours and whatever happens keep dreaming , Even when they shut you out , Keep Dreaming and some day you will uncover your potential and achieve your dreams.

 
 

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And in the end to Keep You Motivated I would quote the great word by rocky or should I say by Sylvester himself,

Let me tell you something you already know.

 The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.

But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.

That’s how winning is done!
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

I Respect you sir Stallone for all that you have been through, for your legacy and for all that you have given us, for the readers all I would say is:

Chase Your Dreams my friends, because that’s what will make your legacy , and so I conclude…..

 

Latish V. Poojari

(Humongous FAN, Follower and Dreamer )

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