For today’s VOTD (Video Of The Day), I want to highlight the incredible story of Sylvester Stallone and his rise to fame.

This is a guy who in my opinion is a terrible actor BUT an incredible individual who has accomplished things that someone with his background and abilities technically should not have.

“Sly” as his friends call him hit such a low point in his life that he had to sell his dog for $25 because he couldn’t afford to feed him.

He then went on to refuse $130,000 for his Rocky script because the production company refused to let him star in the movie. The company raised their offer all the way up to $300,000 (which was a ton of money back in the day, especially for someone who was dead broke) but refused to let him star.

Stallone held out until finally the production company caved and bought his script for $35,000 and allowed him to star in it.

He then immediately tracked down the guy who bought his dog and begged for him back. Eventually the guy caved, sold Sylvester his dog back for $15,000 (remember, he only had $35,000 at the time) and a part in Rocky.

“Rocky”, the iconic story of an underdog boxer, became a hit and earned the Oscar for Best Picture, launching Stallone to stardom.

His dog also starred in the movie.

These are just a few of the incredible moments in Sly’s life and show his grit, resolve and most importantly his refusal to settle for anything less than goals.

The man demanded results to happen as he wanted them to.

Sly has gone on to impact hundreds of millions of lives and lived life on his terms.

Regardless of what I think of his ability to act, his story is incredible.

Here is Tony Robbins recounting Sly’s story as told to him by Sylvester himself.

Next is a Video 1 of 4 where Sylvester himself goes over the story of how Rocky was made.

I hope enjoy today’s VOTD and I can’t wait to see the impact you have on the world!

– Gabe