Many times we see successful people, especially celebrities, and we just assume that they were blessed and got lucky. But many times that’s not the case with everybody else, they struggle, and they had failures and disappointments. They were judged and bullied. Nobody believed in them. In this motivational success story, you’ll see that, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if other people don’t believe in you or your talents. Only hard work pays off. You’ll see how Jennifer Lopez went from a homeless girl, with low self-esteem to one of the most influential celebrities in the world.
1. Jennifer Lopez Early Life
Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx and lived in a very small apartment. When she was just five years old, she began taking singing and dancing lessons. In her final year in high school, she was cast in a low-budget movie and it was then that she realized that she wanted to become a famous movie star but to please her parents, she put her dream on hold for a while and went to college, but she dropped out after one semester and decided that it was time to chase her dream and nothing will stop her. When she told her parents that she wanted to become a movie star. She didn’t get the support she was hoping for.
2. Lopez’s Early Struggle as a Dancer
Her parents insisted that it was a really stupid idea and that no Latinos did that because of their different opinions. Jennifer Lopez moved out of their family home, determined to become a star. It didn’t take long to prove her mother wrong. “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college. I wanted to try dance full-time, so she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her this is what I have to do.”
This was not an easy period of her life. She struggled badly in the early days as a dancer, making no money whatsoever. “I remember only getting to have one piece of pizza every day when I was a dancer. That’s how I lived. I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job, I wouldn’t trade it for the world for me coming from that struggle, this is a dream come true for me. I don’t say that lightly.”
3. Her First Role in a Comedy Series
In 1990, after a period of work as a dancer and an actor in some musicals, she won a national competition and earned her role as one of the fly girls in the comedy series living color. Today, Jennifer Lopez is one of the most famous entertainers in the world. She is an incredibly talented singer, dancer, actor-producer, and fashion designer she has been in over 30 movies, has eight studio albums and won many awards with record sales of 80 million. She is the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States in 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity and the 38th most powerful woman in the world. Her net worth is 400 million dollars, but at the beginning of her career, she struggled with low self-esteem.
4. Lopez Struggled with Low Self-Esteem
Even when she was becoming more and more famous. “I don’t let the opinions of others influence me. How I think about myself and that took a long time because in the early part of my career I did, and it made me feel really bad about myself, I’m killing it and everybody else was like she can’t sing, she can’t dance, She can’t act like she’s just some pretty face or her body’s big or whatever. They were saying about me and I started thinking yeah that’s true, and it hurt me for a long time, but she didn’t let the voice of other people suffocate the voice inside her and she didn’t give up. I couldn’t allow myself to let that become who I was. I was like no I’m going to make another record. I'm going to make another song. I'm going to make another movie, I’m a great actress, I’m a great singer, a great dancer, I’m great at this stuff and I’m going to keep going, and I did and that’s all I did. I just kept going and I just started working harder and harder than everybody else.
5. Jennifer Lopez Started Believing in Herself
I started believing in myself. I started believing in the fact that I wasn’t an impostor and that I wasn’t fake, positive self-talk and hard work helped motivate her when her confidence was really low. I feel very proud that I’ve survived as long as I have in this business. At this point in my life, I’m trying to give myself more credit it’s hard when people are telling you that you’re not good at things or saying.
Why is she successful? You get a lot of that when you’re a successful woman, you don’t get that as much when you’re a man. The thing about people, women, especially, is that you can have 12 people telling you you’re amazing, but that one person kind of putting you down. That’s the voice that sticks in your head, then you finally go wait. I'm not lying. I've been doing this a long time. This is not a mistake. I worked hard to be here and you know what congratulations to myself, not in an arrogant way by any means. It’s like you’re doing good baby. Give yourself a break. Jennifer Lopez is one of the best motivational success stories. As a young singer and actress, she was told she would never make it. She was constantly being told to give up on her dreams because she was not good enough, but she chose to believe in herself and worked hard to become who she is today.
6. Believe in Yourself, hard work will Always Triumph Talent
I want you to look in the mirror and ask yourself at what point in your life did you stop believing in yourself and stopped chasing your dream because you thought you were not talented enough, not good enough. Do you think that only being talented at something makes you a successful person? No, you can achieve anything in your life if you’re willing to put effort and hard work into it to have a natural talent in something is amazing and it’s very useful in life. Don't get me wrong, but if you rely only on your talent, you will fail.
If you have a person who is very talented but doesn’t work hard and a person who is the less talented but works hard. Who do you think will succeed more? There will always be someone more talented than you smarter than you more beautiful than you, but that thing doesn’t matter what matters is, how much work you put into your dreams: the persistence, the dedication, the discipline when you’re prepared to put sweat and tears, And dedicate your life to become what you’ve always dreamed of the world will be yours because hard work beats talent every time.