If you think you’re alone, you’re not. No matter what you’re going through, whether it’s drugs or alcohol, bullying, a broken home, or an eating disorder, there are people out there who have overcome the same issues and become successful at life. Not every story has a happy ending, but with the right attitude and proper help, yours can.
Everyone has something in their past that shapes them, good or bad, into who they are today. Halle Berry came from a broken home and an abusive father, Christina Aguilera was bullied so badly she had to quit high school, and Russell Brand abused drugs and was bulimic. Their stories are worth reading about as they help inspire people to overcome any life challenge.
You Are Not Alone! If These Celebrities Can Overcome Their Past, You Can Too.
Halle is a talented actress who seems to have the world by the tail. She’s starred in iconic movies like Monster’s Ball, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, Gothika, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and who could forget her as Catwoman. She’s won countless awards and is one of the top leading ladies in Hollywood. While she’s a success today, her life wasn’t all movie roles and awards.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Berry often witnessed her father abusing her mother, once hitting her in the head with a wine bottle. Her parents divorced, and she was estranged from her father. She got involved in cheerleading and pageants while in high school, even winning Miss Ohio USA and finishing second in the Miss USA pageant in 1986. Even with all this success, she still ended up in New York City sleeping in homeless shelters and the YMCA while waiting for her big break. She is the success she is today due to her hard work and persistence.
Christina Aguilera is a Grammy-winning megastar in the music world whose songs have topped the charts for many years. Her eye for talent led her to a coaching stint on the popular performance competition show, “The Voice.” While she always knew she wanted to be a star, her home life was less than ideal.
With performances on “Star Search” at age 10 and a starring role in “The Mickey Mouse Club” at 13, you’d think Christina Aguilera would have had an ideal childhood. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Her mother and father divorced amid allegations that her father was emotionally and physically abusive. She turned to performing to escape the tension at home. Growing up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, she often sang the National Anthem at sporting events and competed in local talent shows. This success actually led to her being bullied in high school, so badly in fact, that she dropped out and was homeschooled until her graduation.
Her dedication and determination to succeed led her to keep trying. The results speak for themselves – and often come in the form of an incredible singing voice!
Russell Brand’s comedic genius is evident in nearly every project he touches. From the the lead role in the 2011 remake of Arthur to starring with Dwayne Johnson in Ballers, he loves to make people laugh. He also has a successful stand-up career and is very involved in philanthropic endeavors as well. But his early life was anything but picture-perfect.
A self-admitted drug addict who also abused alcohol, Russell started using as a child of 14 after living with relatives while his mother battled cancer. He also suffered from bulimia nervosa. He also had an early introduction to risky sexual behavior as a teen when his father set him up with prostitutes on a trip to Thailand. These experiences snowballed into seriously self-destructive behavior.
Now clean and sober for over 15 years, he uses his celebrity status to help others. He has written a book and even made a documentary about his life story and journey from addiction to recovery. He’s using his angst and recovery to make a difference.
If you are going through something that seems insurmountable or debilitating, these stories are meant to inspire you to do great things with your life. However, reading them is not enough. You also need to take action. Find someone who can help, a school counselor, pastor, doctor, parent, friend … someone who will listen and help you find the resources you need. Whether that help is medical, spiritual, or emotional, or whether you need rehab to get clean or a safe place to stay to get out of an abusive situation, your journey to your best life starts with a single step forward. Only you can take it. Do it today.
~Here’s to Your Success