Idris Elba’s recent videos show the man outside of movies, underneath the Heimdall character Marvel fans love. Elba seeks to make you “thrive.”
As mentions the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), although you might know Idris Elba from movies like Thor and No Good Deed — as well as his acclaimed series, Luther — his movie and on-screen roles only tell a fraction of the individual behind the character.
Idris Elba — not “Alba” — is all about motivating the public to follow their dreams, whatever be those aspirations.
If you’re having trouble becoming who you’re meant to be, this message is probably for you.
“To thrive in whatever you do, please understand your terrain,” explains Idris. “Know what your target is. Don’t ‘guess’ it. Be as clued up as the next man…that’s your fuel to get you moving. If you don’t know where you’re going and what your targets are, you’re never going to get there.”
As you can tell from Elba’s many movies and roles, he values planning and action. Concerning his advice, he applies it all to movie opportunities and the betterment of his acting career.
“I’ve always been a firm believer that you can change your own destiny. The only difference between you and me, at this point, is that I’m on the other side of this screen. That’s it.”
According to Idris Elba, similar to his movies, life has as many opportunities as people are willing to accept.
Although situations present themselves often, Elba notes that it will “never” be “all plain sailing.” It’s essential to continue moving forward.
Overall, Idris’ key focus is that you have to “thrive on,” even in the face of obstacles. It’s easy to lose ambition when you’re faced with opposition.
However, that’s what makes the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.
According to Idris Elba, it’s not easy. Yet, if you’ve experienced any form of “real life,” you’d already know it’s not as simple as tremendously successful people make it look.
Generally, the public bears witness to “winners,” seemingly forgetting that most of them weren’t overnight sensations.
Even with Elba, before he held his mega celebrity status, he had his humble beginnings.
“My parents worked very hard…you know, came from West Africa and moved to England with not very much. I wanted to work as hard as they did, in my field.”
And yet, while movies play a significant role in Idris’ lifestyle, the film star stresses that — in no matter the endeavor he pursues — achievement propels him forward.
Even more than achievement, opposition accelerates Elba.
Is that weird?
“I’m not afraid to fail,” expresses Idris. “I’m not afraid to fall over or make a mistake. That, often times, cripples people in the onset of getting into anything…I’m not afraid of that felling. It actually propels me and works quite the opposite.”
It’s no wonder that Elba appears in so many hit movies. According to the film star, he mentions that 18- and 22-hour days are “easy.”
Although he admits that it’s “crazy” and “not very good for ya’,” Idris notes that it’s, sometimes, the price to obtain the success you want in life.
It all depends on how badly you want it, right?
“It’s definitely one of those components — to me, as a human being, in my make up, my genetics — that allows me to keep my dream.”
Aligning with his talks of ambition and “thriving on,” Idris Elba discussed the topic of dreams with those who thought they no longer had time to live theirs.
After asking grown individuals what they wanted to be when they grow up, the movie star received several, laughable responses.
Yet, these individuals gradually realized that Idris Elba’s words held much truth and motivation.
If you’re interested in the stories, you can watch their videos at Purdey’s YouTube page.
All in all, what are your thoughts concerning Idris’ advice? Are you at that place in your life where you could still live your dream? Has Elba awakened you to “thrive on”? Feel free to share your comments in the section below.
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