Stressful or tough situations are when people typically show their true colors. It’s during these times that people go into a “flight or fight” response; they either pull themselves together, and respond to adversity, or they crumple up, and limp home. It may come after you’ve been fired (for example), and only then, that you’re able to put your game face on and strike out as an entrepreneur. We’ve seen this play out time and again in some of the world’s most famous success stories.
And no matter what your area of expertise, be it sports, entertainment, business, etc. – people have responded to critical moments with sharp decision making that not only changed their lives, but the lives of everyone around them. With some people, something clicks. And in these critical moments, failure and self-doubt are cast aside.
We all want to know, of course, how they do it. Unfortunately, there isn’t really an easy answer. It may be something ingrained in their DNA. Or it may just be luck – but some people are able to turn their failures into successes just by making a decision and sticking to it. That decision may be to practice until they drop of exhaustion, to stay the course no matter how many times they’ve failed, or to ignore their inner critic, and get into the arena.
Here are seven individuals (including the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll) who managed to make those decisions, and turn their whole lives around.