success story of sylvester stallone

Sylvester Stallone- One of the Greatest American Actor who ever walked the earth.

He is a living Hollywood legend who had delivered many blockbuster movies from the past five decades.success story of sylvester stallone

But do you know from where and how all this started?

How he became superstar?

I’m going to share with you the inspirational success story of Sylvester Stallone which will inspire you to follow your dreams.

His Success Journey

The Beginning was Very Painful

You all know, it’s not easy to start something, you have to prepare yourself for the struggle. In the beginning of his career, he was a struggling actor in every definition but he had already prepared himself for fighting back.

He went through enormous difficulties in his life but he never gave up. At that time he was running out of cash and he got so broke that he stole his wife’s jewellery and sold it.

The Lowest Point- He slept at Bus Terminal

He even ended up homeless and was sleeping at the New Jersey Bus Terminal for three weeks. Things got so bad that he spend many days without food.

He had to sell his loyal companion, his dog to a stranger at liquor store for $25 because he didn’t have the money to feed his dog. He says, he walked away crying after selling his dog.

People Laughed at His Paralysed Face

Sylvester had a dream to become an actor, but people laughed at him. You know why he had such a unique expression and speak differently?

He was born paralysed in the lower left part of his face because of this his, speech was slurred. Most people thought that it was a death rattle for an acting career. Everybody rejected him because of his disability.

Then Came The Life Changing Script

During his hard times, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner. For there, he got an idea why not to screen play this. So he began to write a script for a movie. He didn’t sleep for the whole weekend and banged out the script in 20 hours!

He tried to sell the script to the producers and he got an offer of $125,000 straight away for the script. But he wanted to STAR in the movie, he wanted to be the MAIN ACTOR. The studio refused him and said that he, “Looked Funny and talked funny.”

The Producers want his Script but Not Him

He was broke but he wanted to be an actor. Few weeks later they offered him $325,000, they want his movie script but didn’t want to consider him in it, therefore he still refused their proposal, he had to be in that movie.

Eventually, the producers agreed, they let him act in the movie but only paid him $35,000.

You know, The name of that movie was- Rocky

The Blockbuster movie- Rocky. It earned $225 million in global box office. The movie won three Oscar awards for the Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Film Editing.

And Sylvester Stallone’s name was nominated for the BEST ACTOR. The Rocky movie was also included into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movie ever.

After getting those $35,000, he brought his DOG!

He loved his dog so much that he waited for the man he sold his dog for three days at the liquor store.

Stallone begged him to get his dog back but the man refused , he offered him $100.The man refused. He even offered him $500. The man refused. Yes, he had offered him even $1000 but again the man refused.


Believe it or not, Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same dog that he had sold at $25 only. And finally he got his dog back, his dog was in the movie and the rest is history.

Sylvester Stallone’s Best Quote

It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving on. That’s how winning is done.

Over to You

No one knows that a half paralysed, broken, homeless man who slept in the streets would become one of the Greatest Superstar ever lived.

If he can pursue his dreams, if he can become greatest actor in the world with his slurred speech, then you too can be!

If you have ever thought of giving up on your dreams or you are too broke to implement that? Then do remember him once.


  1. Hi Vishnu,

    What a lovely story about this wonderful man 🙂

    I have seen SO many of Sylvester Stallone’s movies, ever since my college days, but never knew about his life. He had to go through such hardships to reach where he is today, and who knew that such a person would become a superstar!

    You are right, if he can do, we are so much better off. He had nothing when he started, and was paralyzed too (Gosh! I could never imagine and always thought that to be his style of speaking!) – yet he was determined and made it. He could have sold the script for the good price he was getting, but he believed in his dreams and knew he would make it one day, and he did.

    Loved the part about his dog too – it must have been so sad to part ways with him, but that time he had no option, though I am glad he got him back, even though he had to pay so much – still worth the price. Pets are priceless, and so precious.

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational post with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,
      Yeah it was one of the most inspiring success story I’ve ever heard. He has suffered a lot in his struggle period that is why he is so tough and successful today. I’m inspired by the way he didn’t give up on his dreams inspite of so muc obstacles and his love for his dog was speechless.
      I’m glad that you liked the story, many more inspiring success stories are on the way Harleena, watch out 🙂

  2. I am a big fan of this amazing hero. I have seen his movie so many times. His acting was superb.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this inspirational story with us. Have a nice day 🙂

  3. HI, everyone

    If MR.Stallone see this comment, Hi to you again. I am very proud and glad to know this amazing hero. When i was young, i watched Rocky and Rambo movies. But have no special feeling. These years, i watch The expendables and getting start to interest about Mr.Stallone. Moreover, i watched again Rocky 4. He gave me motivation and let me know how to be a man. Thank you Mr,Stallone and thank you who share his biography.
    I wish that Mr,Stallone be healthy, happy and peaceful.

    • Hello Pyae,

      I’m glad that you find this post inspiring. And yes, Mr. Stallone is the real star not only in reel life but also in real life. A very few people are aware of his success story, the main story behind those tough muscles. His movies has always given us inspiration to work hard and to love your dreams.

      Thank you for dropping your cooment and yes we too wish Mr. Stallone a very healthy and happy life ahead.

  4. I gave Slyvester Stallone a ticket to come see me fight and some money to get something to eat. He was living under the boardwalk in Atlantic City New Jersey writing a book.

  5. More young adults should read this man’s story, he deserves all of his sucess. Especially because he never gave up on himself. He had so much determination to keep his story his own and he did just that. He truly is a great example to everyone We should all have this kind of belief in ourselves . Great job Rocky!

  6. Just wanted to let you know his facial muscles were paralysed because of the forceps used during his birth.
    I’m a huge Stallone fan and already knew the story you told above but thought I would let you know why his face paralysed.

  7. Wow!! I never knew this about Sylvester Stallone. You hear and even they made a picture of Persuits of happiness. But they should make a movie about Stallone’s life. Titled ” the struggle to succeed or from rag to riches.

  8. Wow before knw ths story u were also my start. Even i made a decesion to meet u. Bt aftr read ya story its like u excelarate my dreamss… Love u..

  9. My first tweet regarding Mr. Stallone said he had been, was an inspiration to us all, or something like this. But his native gifts, will power and years of hard work plus a little drop of luck helped him to be what is But his sensitive nature, good heart and kindness made people love him more

  10. Native gifts, will power, years of hard work and a drop of luck. Your really should be an inspiration to us all

  11. Stallone has been my idol and inspiration since I was 4 years old and first seen Rocky. I knew about his story of hardships and how he had to sell his dog Buckus but I wanted to read it again because it is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

  12. I loved reading about Sylvester’s life. He is my idol and I’m proud of him for not giving up. I’m in a situation now where I wanted to give up. But I’m the kind that don’t give up. Sylvester has a way of giving people inspiration and courage to move forward. I want to thank you for keeping my hopes up high. It made me realize being disabled is a challenge and I know I am not going to let that stop me. God bless you.


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