Earlier this week, I watched this video of self-help guru Tony Robbins telling the story of how Sylvester Stallone got his break, or more importantly, how he persevered (beyond all reason) to become one of the biggest names in cinema in the past twenty years.

I could not stop thinking of this story.

Forget fame, forget fortune (although Stallone has a healthy collection of each)-- watch this video for a grade A example of how passion and a true belief in yourself can create a true sense of accomplishment and pride within yourself.

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Not gonna lie, I cried like a baby when the dog stuff came up.

I hope that this video helps inspire someone else. Please send me your inspiring stories (not exclusive that actors/filmmakers), especially if they include heart-warming conclusions involving dogs.