What’s So Special About Leonardo DiCaprio :
The pre-eminent thing about Leonardo DiCaprio is that when you watch him on the screen you always forget that you are watching Leonardo DiCaprio.
Most actors (good and bad both) have something, a little specialty, a trademark gesture or whatever that sets them apart and that gives them away.
For example, Morgan Freeman unarguably a legend in his own right has his magical voice. No matter what character he plays you just know that it is him. But, you don’t have anything of that sort with Leo. He embeds himself so effortlessly into the story and gets so much into the character it actually creeps me out sometimes.
I have learned these lessons from Leo which inspire me incessantly.
1. Be Different
Being same is too mainstream nowadays.
You have to be different from the crowd if you want to be remembered after you. Remember his roles in The Revenant, Titanic and The Wolf of Wall Street. All these belong to a different niche. But how he adapted him to the versatile roles is indeed stupendous.
2. DoThe Best
Do the best you can, and you will get best results.
The best part of human life is that there is always room for improvement.
After every miss of being awarded the Oscar, Leo worked harder and ended up working better than last time. Getting better is the only road to success. And it becomes best one day.
3. Hard work beats talent.
There is no substitute for hard work, said Thomas A. Edison.
The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there are two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right?
– Will Smith
Hard work constitutes the basics of every achievement. Taking no day off, taking no summer vacation etc. Deploy all your abilities with intensity and focus.
4. You Are The Result Of What You Do. Not What You Say
Stop wishing and start acting.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
But wait, why would one start acting on one’s dreams ? Is it your ambition, your passion ? Or is it just a desire ?
Figure it out right now. Leo says you are not always going to get what you desire. Success is action-oriented. Every step in the right direction gets you closer to your target. It does not matter if it is either small or large. It is necessary that you work on it !
Action expresses priorities.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Now is the perfect time to start acting on dreams. Do not leave it for tomorrow.
5. Confidence is the best outfit.
Self-assurance makes you attractive and you acquire a comely personality. Confidence is charming. But point is that you can’t buy it. It is acquired by self-poise and having faith in yourself and your abilities.
Confidence is not ‘they will like me’. Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.
6. Have Strong Roots
If you have strong faith in you and belief, nobody can convince you that you can’t do it. Don’t be in a trap of negative people. They are always going to put you down.
Bottom line :
Get out of your comfort zone, start taking risks and go against the people.
7. Stop making excuses.
The most prevalent excuse made by people is I don’t have time.
But you will always find time for things that matters most to you.
It is all about your mindset, priorities, and passions.
Excuses are made by people who don’t have a clear goal. If you are making too many excuses, it is time to learn from Leonardo and start acting. Invest your present for the shining future.
Excuses will lead you nowhere.
It took 23 years and 6 nominations (5 as an actor, 1 as a producer) for Leo to win his Oscar. Each movie with acting skills better than the last ones, his assiduity and persistence is indeed stupendous.