Who has never heard about the movie Mission Impossible? Tom Cruise is a super successful movie star in Hollywood and he is famous for his movie series Mission Impossible. Cruise has won three Academy Awards and also three Golden Globe Awards. He is considered one of the highest paid actors in the world.
So here are the 5 precious life lessons you can learn from him.
1. Stay Committed
One of the key success lessons anyone can learn from Tom Cruise is his level of commitment to his work. Although he is already a super successful celebrity known by the world, he has never been late to a set and he still works as hard as when he first started his career. He says, “Here’s how I’ve lived my life: I’ve never been late to a set. I make films I believe in. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love.”
A lot of people choose to settle down after they achieved some successes in their lives, but not Tom Cruise. This is the kind of mindset and attitude you need to possess. Always be committed to your work, your goals, and your dreams. In other words, you have to always be hungry and stay hungry for what you want. And keep your desire burning like when you are fresh and still new in the industry. Never settle for anything less.
Cruise started his acting career since age 19, but he still performs the stunts mostly by himself. In one of his movies, he performs a jump from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. And Cruise did the set himself without the use of stuntman. This is how committed he is.
2. There is Always Room for Improvement
Another life lesson one can learn from this Hollywood star is his determination to improve in what he does. During an interview, this is what he says, “I have respect for what other people believe. What I believe in my own life is that it’s a search for how I can do things better, whether it’s being a better man or a better father or finding ways for myself to improve.”
The key to success in life is not just about hard work, but also about the adaptability to the changes around you. Cruise did not stay stagnant. He constantly improves himself to fit into what people want to watch. He is always getting better because he keeps on finding ways to improve his game. And this is what you must do as well.
We cannot stop the world from changing, but we can adapt to the world and make change part of our success. So make it your mantra to constantly learn and improve at what you do. If you remain the same for the next 10 years, you will either be out of your job or you will be out of your business.
3. Focused on Your Goals and Dreams
Cruise’s success in his acting career has not always been a smooth journey. He shot his fame to the sky after starring in the movie Jerry Maguire in 1997, but his career went down the hill after 2005 due to negative publicity. However, Cruise did not stop working even during those tough times. His ability to focus on his work and ignore the negative press is amazing.
It is difficult to stay focus when distractions are everywhere. The consistency and his focus has kept Cruise’s career afloat over the past decade and is a good lesson in how to weather the storms. Even though the media and the press have seemed to take more pleasure in ridiculing him than applauding his work, Cruise maintains his focus and staying on track to produce even better box office movies.
The same goes for you and whatever you are going to face in life. There will be times when you feel like quitting and difficult to handle the situation in front of you. However, do not get distracted and stay focused like how Tom Cruise did it. The moment you lose track of your goals, you will lose the game. So never take your eyes off the ball.
4. Adopt the “Go Big or Go Home” Attitude
“I go without sleep, I just go hard,” this is what Cruise says during an interview. He believes in his work and the movies he produced. Even if the movie fails, it does not matter as long as he tries.
A lot of people are living a mediocre life because they are being too comfortable with their lives and they never dare to take the risk to venture out of their comfort zone. Highly successful such as Tom Cruise always has the attitude of “All or nothing”, and that is why they are able to make it big in life.
When you put everything on the line, you will become committed to your work. You will never dare to go lazy or make excuses. Instead, you will go hard, work extra hours when you need to, and more importantly, find a way to make it there.
5. Stop Working on What’s Not Working
In 2005, when the media portrayed Cruise negatively about his beliefs in Scientology, he knew that his actions to double down on his beliefs was not working in the eyes of the public and eventually made the right decision and stopped talking about it. As the negative press about him mounted, he realized that his personal behavior had placed him in a career hole and the first thing he needed to do is to stop digging.
As a celebrity, Cruise has a clever public relations team managing his career image. He clearly understands that his public image can make or break his career, and thus, hire the right person to manage his image for him.
Cruise understands the concept of stop working on what is not working. And on the opposite, you have to work on what is working. You do not have to reinvent the wheel. Just focus and work on what is working great for others and model the same system and use it on your own.