The one thing all successful people have in common is this: someone along the way helped them get where they are.
This isn't just celebrities. This is any business man or woman, any successful leader of a non-profit, any coach or athlete, or anyone making good art. Everyone needs help be it financially, or through encouragement, or maybe someone that helps push us into the water when we're just too scared to jump in.
The other day, rap artist Drake posted this picture of a letter he had written his mom 10 years ago. In it he thanks her for being his "business partner", but specifically for handling his eBay charges that accrued to a higher amount than he thought they would.
He promised to pay her back. I'd say considering his latest album Views was streamed online 245 million times in its first week, with over 850,000 copies sold, I'd say Mama Drake was paid back with interest.
But the letter, while nostalgic for Drake, gives some down home insight into a truth that we all uncover at some point: we need help from others to be successful. To get better. Iron sharpens iron, and we sharpen each other.
Seeing celebrities give glimpses into their humble beginnings should not only motivate us, but give us respect for hard work and ambition. You may not like Drake's music. You may not care for his style (though he will always have better looking eyebrows than the rest of us), but you can't deny the man's success and drive.
Who's nudging you along? Who is helping you chase hard after dreams? Who in your life would you write letters to, thanking them for the role they've played in making you who you are today?
Better yet, who are you pushing? Whose life are you pouring into in order that they can chase their dreams?
Maybe you need to be the one paying for someone's eBay fees, and not expecting to be paid back.