With an Oscar for best actress to her credit, Natalie Portman knows a thing or two about being game for life. When asked recently about her mantra for success, the award-winning Hollywood star was categorical in her belief that triumph can only come from testing yourself. Recalling her decision to sign on for a role in ‘Black Swan’ — which earned her a coveted Oscar in 2011 — Natalie admitted that if she had acknowledged how “woefully unprepared” she was for the film’s ballet scenes, she may have declined the part. “If I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk. And the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements,” said Natalie.
In an inspiring speech to a packed house at Harvard University only days ago, the actress shared her own success story and urged her audience to take more risks. The 33-year-old Harvard alumna said one should “accept” the fact that no one starts their professional career with all the knowledge or experience needed to succeed, but this isn’t a drawback at all. “Make use of the fact that you don’t doubt yourself too much right now because, as we get older, we get more realistic. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset,” Portman added.
We certainly agree that it’s a bold new world, where only the bold will shine. When opportunity comes knocking, be game for life.
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