Born: June 24, 1987 Argentina | Successful For: Soccer Star | Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Success Lessons From Lionel Messi's Story:
Lionel Messi Used His Challenges To Motivate Him:
When he was diagnosed with hormone deficiency, he GREW the right mindset. Where most would have given up, Messi thrived. Lionel Messi was always shorter than his teammates and opponents, but instead of making it an excuse or feel self-pity, he used it to give him that extra boost of drive. Messi explains “Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win.” In response to Messi’s own childhood medical difficulties, through his charity, he has the privilege to support Argentine children diagnosed with medical conditions by offering treatment in Spain and covering the transport, hospital, and recuperation costs. Messi had the right perspective as he used his adversity as a means of motivation that ignited his success. "You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it."
Lionel Messi Is Focused On Helping Others, Which Comes Back To Him Tenfold:
Messi has his own charity, donates often and is even an ambassador for UNICEF. His generous and humble ways have made him a well-rounded leader and role model. In a fan site interview, Messi said: “Being a bit famous now gives me the opportunity to help people who really need it, especially children”. This is what makes him a genuine star. Messi understood that he had to help himself FIRST, and when he was strong enough he was capable of helping others. "For my part, I try to do my bit to make people's lives more bearable, in particular children across the globe who are having problems."
The Most Important Ingredient For Lionel Messi's Greatness, Passion For The Game:
Messi clearly has a burning desire for anything to do with football as he once stated "Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing." The Argentine world class striker is a huge success as a result of his genuine passion for the game: "I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream."
“It takes sacrifice as well as talent.” - Quote by Lionel Messi
Little Known Success Fact:
MA 13-year-old Messi signed his first contract with Barcelona on a used napkin. He was so keen that he wanted to ensure they signed him before the end of dinner. So the club’s sporting director, Charly Rexach, called for the barman at their restaurant meeting and prepared a contract on what now hangs in Messi’s lawyer’s office as the most celebrated paper napkin.
"I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I'm not enjoying it, I will leave football."
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