Brad Pitt is an American actor and also a producer. He has received numerous awards and nominations including the Academy Award as a producer under his own company. He is a very successful actor and also a Hollywood celebrity. Some of Pitt’s famous movies are World War Z, 12 Monkeys, Ocean’s Thirteen, Troy, Fight Club and more.
Here are 5 life lessons you can learn from him.
1. Be Willing to Pay the Price
When you look at Brad Pitt in his movies, you will only notice what’s on the surface, but when you look at the backstage, you will see that he is a hard-working person who always prepares himself for what is coming. Physicality plays a huge part in Pitt’s acting career, and so he trains hard before each role. He even climbed mountains for his movie, Seven Years in Tibet, boxed for Fight Club, and also took up sword fighting lesson for Troy.
It is easy to see successful people like Pitt act in front of the big screen, but what lies behind is the sweat and effort from practice, learning, and hard work. Most people are not successful because they are willing to pay the price. You must be willing to sacrifice for what you want.
He once said this during an interview, “By nature, I keep moving, man. My theory is, be the shark. You’ve just got to keep moving. You can’t stop.” So figure out the price you need to pay for the success that you desire, and work your way to pay the price.
2. Chase Your Dream and Take the Lead of Faith
Brad Pitt grew up in an ordinary family where he has no background in the movie industry. However, he watched a lot of movies with his family. This sparked his passion and he once admitted having developed an unshakable love of storytelling since his childhood days.
His passion then harbored in his heart and developed the dream of being an actor. When Pitt was about to complete his study in advertising, he took a great leap of faith to follow his heart and left the course when he has only two credits away from his degree.
It was told that Pitt did not even tell his parents about his plan and he lied to them about joining the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith and make the decision to follow your heart in order to make your dreams a reality.
It may not be an easy decision to make and most of the time, making a big decision that will change the course of your life can be scary. However, these are the decisions that will shape the life you desire. If you are doing ordinary things, guess what, you will become an ordinary person like everybody else.
3. Be the Best in What You Do
Brad Pitt’s acting career is not a smooth one, but he took every chance as serious as possible. No matter it is physical transformation he went through like the movie Troy or Fight Club, Pitt is always committed and delivered his best possible.
When he was acting for the film Twelve Monkeys, he even visited the psychiatric ward for the preparation to take up the role of a person with mental illness. This is how committed he can be. When he was first started out in his career, he did almost everything to support himself. He took odd jobs like driving strippers in the limos, moving refrigerators, and even dressed up as a giant chicken for El Pollo Loco.
Therefore, no matter what you do, be the best in it. Even if you are just a janitor, be the best janitor and people will notice you and opportunity will come to you. When you put your heart into doing your best, the universe will reward you.
4. Make the World a Better Place
Most of the rich and famous celebrities are not a philanthropist and they seldom donate or contribute to the society, but not Brad Pitt. He was involved in numerous charity campaigns such as a charity campaign for Africa called One Campaign in 2004 to supply necessary requirements in the continent.
Not only that, he also donated a portion of his earnings toward the development of Haiti in 2006 through personal charity. Besides that, it has also been reported that he and his former spouse, Angelina Jolie also donated millions to charity.
While making donation and contribution to make the world a better place is a personal choice, studies have shown that people who care about others have a higher sense of gratitude and thus, able to feel and lead a happy life easier. So learn to serve the society and make the world a better place. When you are grateful for what you have and to serve, you will feel peace and have a deeper joy in life.
5. Luck will Come to You When You Work Hard Enough
The story of how Brad Pitt was able to secure an acting contract is amazing. After he chose to stop college to follow his dream of becoming an actor, he was jobless and did not know what to do for about seven months. So he decided to help a fellow classmate in the acting school by acting as her scene partner during an audition with an agent. It turned out as a stroke of luck that the agent went on to sign Brad Pitt instead. And the rest, as they say, is history.
This turn of the event may seem like a stroke of luck, but if you examine it carefully, you will see that it is Pitt’s hard work that actually paid off. First, he was trying to do everything he can about acting and thus, ended up acting along with his friend. And second, if he did not practice acting and prepare for it, the agent will never sign him that day.
Therefore, the saying, “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” is true. When you are willing to put in the extra effort, you will be rewarded in a way that you never expected. Hence, always work hard.