Born in 1962 in Ontario, Canada, Jim Carrey is a renowned comedian, actor and entrepreneur, and quite possibly one of the most famous comic minds of our time.
However, his early years were distraught with a string of failures, with a childhood steeped in poverty, which didn’t help his cause or because his family was unable to help Carrey support his ambitions.
In 1977, at the age of just 15, Carrey’s family ran into severe financial problems, forcing them to move to a Toronto suburb where they all worked at the Titan Wheels factory.
He became a janitor
Carrey took a job as a janitor, doing 8-hour shifts after school had let out. However, after they left their factory jobs, they lived out of a VW camper van until they could afford enough money to move back into a house.
Once Carrey’s family had financial stability, he made his stand-up debut at a Toronto comedy club called Yuk Yuk’s. Supported by his dad who made the drive to help aid his son to follow his dreams, he bombed during his first time on stage.
However, he didn’t give up, even after the painful failure that caused him to be heckled and booed off the stage.
He dropped out of high school to follow his dream
Carrey kept at it. In fact, he dropped out of high school to pursue his passion. Eventually, in 1979, at the age of just 17, Carrey moved to Los Angeles and found his way into a regular stand-up gig at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood.
After a failed marriage and 5 years had passed, Carrey threw himself into acting roles. Initially, it didn’t pan out, but he kept at it.
In 1990, after 11 years of trying to pursue his dreams, he got his break to appear on a show called, In Living Color. But it wasn’t until 1994, at the age of 32, that he got his biggest break to star in the film, Ace Ventura, 15 years after arriving in Hollywood.
It was that role that helped to catapult him into stardom. While he suffered through major failure along the way, Carrey’s fame is now much talked about around the world.
15 years of failure?
It took Jim 15 years to finally break through to success, 15 years! What kept him going? How many times did he want to give up? It reminds me of so many people in history with the same story and makes me think of how many we have not heard of.
Virtually all people who succeed struggle for many years before breaking through. Their secret isn’t a secret, it’s called perseverance. They get back up and try again and again and again. I know that I keep pushing this point in my blogs, but this is probably the biggest key to success in my mind.
The power of perseverance
Never giving up, or perseverance has numerous benefits. Here are some of them:
Success: When you never give up, you increase your chances of success. Success often comes from repeated attempts, failures, and adjustments until you finally achieve your desired outcome.
Resilience: By persevering through challenging situations, you build resilience. You develop the ability to bounce back from failures, setbacks, and disappointments, which can help you handle future challenges.
Improved self-esteem: When you never give up, you build confidence and self-esteem. You prove to yourself that you can overcome obstacles and achieve your goals, which can boost your self-worth.
Increased motivation: The more you persevere, the more motivated you become. You develop a positive attitude towards challenges and become more determined to overcome them.
Personal growth: Perseverance helps you grow as a person. You learn from your experiences, develop new skills and knowledge, and become a stronger and wiser person.
Inspiring others: When you never give up, you inspire others to do the same. Your persistence can motivate others to pursue their goals, and you become a positive role model.
In summary, never giving up has several benefits that can improve your life and help you achieve your goals. It requires dedication, hard work, and a positive mindset, but the rewards are worth it.
Thoughts for the week
- Have you failed over and over?
- Do you feel bad that you have failed so many times or do you see this as growth?
- When things are going well you learn nothing – you just enjoy it and that is great.
- When things go wrong that is when you learn and grow so embrace these times.
- This week think back to times when things went wrong and try to find something positive from those failures – there is always something.
Well, that’s it for this week, have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.