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Sylvester Stallone’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@TheSlyStallone)

Sylvester Stallone’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@TheSlyStallone)

– He’s an actor, screen
writer, and director best known for creating
the Rocky and Rambo series. He was evicted from his
apartment and was homeless for three weeks before getting
into the film industry. He became the third man
in history to receive nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for the same film. He’s Sylvester Stallone,
and here’s his top 10 rules for success. – [Interviewer] What in this
whole world turns you on? – Challenge, I really,
I just love, I love it. I love being told no, it
just means yes, you know. – [Interviewer] To you. – Yeah. – What turns you off? – Lack of enthusiasm,
that really turns me off. The point is I’m pursing
something and nobody looks too happy about it. – But we’re just looking
out for your interests. – I appreciate that, but
maybe you’re looking out for your interests just a little bit more. I mean you shouldn’t be asking
people to come down here and pay the freight on
something they paid, and still aren’t good enough. I mean you think that’s right? I mean maybe you’re doing your job, but why you got to stop
me from doing mine? Cause if you’re willing to
go through all the battling you got to go through to get
to where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of
you guys got something you never finished, something
you really want to do, something you never said
to somebody, something! And you’re told no, even
after you paid your dues. Who’s got the right to tell you that? Who, nobody. It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right
to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do. You know the older I get, the more things I got to leave behind, that’s life. The only thing I’m asking you
guys to leave on the table is what’s right. We were running behind schedule, and I had to shoot a montage, oh God. This montage would have
taken like five days. So what I did is I came
in there, brought everyone into one big room, all the
dancers, and had three cameras. I took one camera and just
stayed with John Travolta, and I worked with him. And the rest I said to
everyone just dance, and do whatever you want, cart wheels. I said catch it all, whatever. And then I sent a camera down
when they’re making the stage and just regular light, and
just shoot what you can. Just no sound or nothing,
and we put it all together, and saved four days of filming. Which none of that, absolutely
zero, was choreographed. Isn’t it funny? I said okay John just do this, cut. Do this, cut. (laughter) I swear to God. And then the other dancers
were just over in the corner, one was just scratching,
doing a somersault, stretching, and you put it all together. – It’s the magic of a myth. – Yeah, so there are no rules, it’s crazy. I first met Bob Chartoff
and Irwin Winkler, and I believe I was
there on a casting call. So we’re talking a little
bit, and I said I really wasn’t right for the acting part. And on the way out, I said
I don’t know if it matters, but I do a little bit of writing. And he goes, really? And I says yeah, I’m writing this story, I have this thing about
wrestlers and I might do something about boxing. He goes, well bring it around. And I thought if I hadn’t
stopped on the way out, you know that’s why I tell
all actors or writers, don’t give up, keep talking,
eventually you might hit a nerve somewhere
and they go come on back. And if they didn’t say come
on back or bring it later and let’s see what you developed, I wouldn’t be sitting here. What I’ll try to do is
I write long handed, so on legal pad I’ll go,
goes here, sees his mother, goes to the store, so
I’ll have like ten things, of beats where he’s going. Gets on a horse, goes
swimming, boom, boom, boom. And I do that, and I know in
my heart, 80 percent of it will be no good, but you’re
getting through the screenplay. You’re getting it done because the rewrite is always more fun and
much more enjoyable. I don’t believe people
should look for perfection, or even 50 percent perfection
in the first draft. It’s always going to be
kind of this like a child scribbling, but you did it. And the main thing for
me is to once you have that accomplished, and you
can do it in two weeks, three weeks, again, maybe
10 percent will be good, but you now have this
sense of accomplishment. You did it, and the
rewriting process starts, and that’s when the fun begins. Originally when I brought
the script to them, they were fairly enthusiastic about it. The one thing they were
not enthusiastic about was me playing the part,
and I really can’t blame them at the time. Ryan O’Neal was a
candidate, Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, Jimmy
Kahn, and they all were at the top of their game. And so I could see it, but
there was something inside of me that you know this
opportunity is never going to come around. And I really wasn’t used to money, and I had no idea what I would be missing. But the temptation
started to come forward. First it was 25 grand then $100,000, and I go I’ve never heard of 100,000. Because I had like &160 in the bank, and like I said I had to sell my dog, and things were not
looking very, very good. My $40 car I had just blown up, so I was taking a bus to work. And still it didn’t matter,
I wanted to stick with it. Then it went up to 150,000, 175,000, then it went up to 250,000. Now my head was starting to spin. And it went up to 330,000,
and probably I heard it went to 360,000, and I thought alright you know you’ve
really managed poverty very well, you’ve got
this down to a science, you really don’t need much to live on. I had like sort of figured it out. So I was not in any way
used to the good life. So you know what, I know
in the back of my mind if I sell this script and
it does very, very well, I’m going to jump off a
building if I’m not in it. There’s no doubt about
it, I’m going to leap in front of a train, I’m
going to be very, very upset. So this is one of those things
where you just roll the dice, and you fly by the adverbial
seat of your pants, and say I got to try it, just
do it, I may be totally wrong, and I’m going to be taking a
lot of people down with me, but I just believe in it. Writing I almost oppose it like exercise. I get up maybe at 4:30 in the morning, it takes an hour to get going, and then I’ll start to write
about maybe three hours. And then it becomes repetitive. The next day I get up, and
even if I don’t feel inspired, I’ll sit for those three
hours until I get the brain says okay, you must start
to produce something. So try to write quickly,
and I follow a pattern just the way you would if you
were in the Army or whatever. And then that gets me through it quickly. Some writers will take a year, two years, everyone has a different process. But that’s what I do. – [Interviewer] You write
better in the morning. – Much better. I use to write at night all the time, but I found that
everything, everyone died, it was dark, kind of creepy. (laughter) It was really horrible, very depressing. Then I realized Edgar Allen
Poe used to write at night, and I figured out why. If you’ve never had anything, like today, I would go okay, I’m selling. I can’t give up the house. But if you don’t have the house, and you don’t have anything, and you’re just sitting
there and you go okay, I wrote this for myself
and I don’t even know if it’s that good, but
obviously someone likes it, I’ll regret it. I know I’ll regret it. I bet I say it once a week,
I walk around and I say, thank God, all the time. – Really? All the time, you did one thing right. In life you could do 1,000 things wrong, you just do one thing right, you go whew, it makes up for the other
999 mistakes sometimes. Give up something to get something, and I thought I didn’t have
any money, so I had no phone. I painted my windows
black, so I didn’t know if the sun was up, the
sun was down, all I knew was I had to write. And I wrote, and I wrote, it was very bad. It wasn’t good at all, but
every day it was getting better and better, like a machine, like a muscle, until finally the idea of Rocky came. So the idea is you must fail
100 times to succeed once, that’s part of it. No one succeeds the first time. It’s learning how to not get
disappointed with failure to understand failure. You only learn when you fail, you don’t learn when you succeed. But when you fail, that’s when you learn. How I learned, lucky I
was a failure in New York, and that is the reason I started writing, which made me successful. I had to teach myself
early on, expect to fail, expect it, covet it, welcome
it, it’s going to happen. But don’t, it’s not a permanent state. – Thank you so much for watching. I made this video because
Daniel “Danny” Frankel asked me to, so if there
is a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments
below, and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know
which of Sly Stallone’s 10 rules mean the most to you, is the most applicable to
your life and your business. Leave it in the comments below, I’m going to join in the discussion. Thank you so much for watching, continue to believe,
and I’ll see you soon.

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100 thoughts on “Sylvester Stallone’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@TheSlyStallone)

  1. #10 most applies to my life! In fact i have that speech memorized! Any time I am struggling with something, I recite this speech! And BAM, just like that im re energized and fighting back! xo

  2. I admire Sylvester Stallone for not retiring and for being so passionate both personally and in his roles. I enjoyed my brief interaction with him in 2013 or 2014 on Facebook.

  3. "He became the third man in history to receive nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for the same film." This is noteworthy!

  4. I was awestruck with his most recent movie, 'The Expendables'-( Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a covert operation to invade the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its dictator. But, when they learn that the job will be a suicide mission, they must choose redemption or the destruction of their brotherhood) and of course his performance with 'Rocky" in the 70's and Rambo in the 80's. I met him around 2009 or 2010 on Facebook.

  5. I get inspiration from Rambo . The best action heart touching movie in the world till now. No one can beat Rambo 1 to 3. Sylvester Stallone is the best actor in the world. Long Live the King 🙂

  6. These subtitles are terrible. Fire whoever made them (they probably just used autogenerated subtitles) and do it over again.

  7. I adore Sly Stallone. I even love his acting no matter what haters say. He's a great guy. Outside amazing Rocky/Rambo films I love Lock Up, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Cop Land, Daylight, Nighthawks, Death Race 2000, F.I.S.T., Grudge Match too.
    Call me crazy but I love Judge Dredd as well

  8. I needed to hear some of this today.

    I decided to move out for the first time last July of 2016.. and at first it was by far the hardest thing. But.. I know I can do it now.

    But since I've been here, I've realized this place, as fun as the experience has been I just don't think it's very good for me mentally. The roommates aren't very good people. And there's supposed to be a strict set of rules we're all supposed to follow… but I'm the only one that ever does. On top of that… my wallet was stolen by one of them.

    I honestly wanted to move back home ages ago.. I was just afraid of the "failure". I was.. I guess even ashamed that I had to quit. I still somewhat have that a bit. Because… I came this far only to leave. I guess I should give myself credit for at least trying to figure out a way to at least keep moving forward in some way.

  9. Thank you Evan Carmichael for making this video. I have a great deal of admiration for Stallone, as an artist, and I am inspired. Thank you.

  10. It's good 😊 to make a list .
    You can do anything if you set your mind at it ..
    Anything .
    Specially when gods in your life .
    Love ❤️ Sylvester.
    He looks like my husband beautiful …..
    Always believe in your self …..I've been down the hard road and still am .
    But I'm positive …we're Italian cool 😎 ….
    Kiss bacioni e abbraccio caro mio ….

  11. Understanding and embracing failure is huge. Once you get over that fear of failure you can learn so much from it. Don't be afraid to fail!

  12. I keep on growing all my social media platforms every month, tho the speed is not the desired. I'm gonna change my content publishing right now. Some extra tip pls? ty 🙂

  13. hi I am windell Rankine. kindly do the top ten rules for success for Michael O Johnson CEO and Chairman of Herbalife International.

  14. I liked the clip from Rocky Balboa. It sums up Sly's philosophy both in the business as well as life. I wonder if he got the chance to give Sasha, his son, a run at the dialogue. OR was it Sly's frustration with Sasha's 'entitlement attitude' where the dialogue was born

  15. "Never play cards with a guy with the same first name as a city, never date a woman with a tattoo of a dagger, and never get less than 12 hours of sleep, you stick with that – everything else is cream cheese."

  16. Hey Evan, Thanks for another inspiring video. Watching Top 10 rules of Success has become a big part of my morning ritual and I do it with a friend of mine over skype to insure this happens everyday at 5:00 AM. We have a recommendation for you. Pete and I think Jay Cutler (world class bodybuilder) would be a great candidate for your Top 10 rules of Success video. Hope to watch that sometime soon. Thanks again!

  17. # 10 .. it's about how hard you get hit, yet keep moving forward.. absolutely true. Keep moving forward.

  18. as a really short guy like 1.56 ,my heights beat me down every time by some kind of weird words from what people said, every time i come a visit to my friends' house i afraid to take off my shoes the only thing can that make me higher.So how could i believe in myself

  19. Hardaly We work likely We get, what Respected Mr Silvester stolen SAR jee told is right, well appreciated, thanks alot namaste

  20. I would say the last one, "Keep moving forward." I have personally gone through all lot in my life, but I keep moving forward no matter what.

  21. #10 is a truth that so many people refuse to accept.
    That's why they are stuck where they are in one or every area of their lives.
    Not all people are willing to hear this. Yet with the younger/youth we can instill a winning attitude in them along with letting them know it's okay to fail as long as they learn from it. As well as instilling a extreme ownership mindset. That is not pointing the finger at anyone but themselves when things go wrong.
    A mantra I have is
    "It is selfish to claim credit for the victories in life but blame others for the failures that they are responsible for from the decisions they made."
    Thank you for your dedication for this top ten YouTube channel.

  22. He faced many trials and tribulations in his life. His son Sage Stallone ( 1976-2012) passed away in apparent drug overdose. Sylvester Stallone was homeless for 90 days due to the inability to pay rent. He was focused and determined to get out of the streets by working hard and writing more scripts for upcoming film projects. He never gave up. great video.

  23. My favorite point it number 9. And i find Sylvester so insightfull when he talk he just make sens. He as a lot of wisedom

  24. Hi everyone, Tony Robbins describes Slyvester Stallones story in the video link below- I found it to be amazingly inspirational, and is amazing to listen to!

  25. Great video.
    I've learned through failure and disappointment, even while doing and being my very best.
    No one is harder on me than myself.
    I thank God for being my guide.
    They're are many examples of success and for me, it comes in the form of contentment.

  26. i admired so much for Stallone not only being an actor..he is good person…keep it up Mr.Stallone…
    may god bless you and your families too!!!

  27. Stallone represents, never stop trying, never stop believing and above all…………never stop dreaming

  28. Number one is my favorite, if someone tells me you can't do it. In my mind I'm like I'm gonna show you 😉

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