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We Are All the Same: Popular Stars Who Were Bullied at School

We Are All the Same: Popular Stars Who Were Bullied at School

Many of us tend to think that celebrities are superhumans. Sure thing! Fortunate enough to be born under a lucky star, they don’t know what the bitterness of life is. In fact, it is far from true. Stars are also people, so nothing human is strange to them. There are many complicated life stories hidden behind a snow-white smile. Some celebrities faced a problem of bullying at school just like you or your kids — and just like many people all over the world. Do you want to hear their stories? If so, get ready to discover some new facts about your favorite stars you had no idea about.

1. Christian Bale

Christian Bale

    Christian Bale got interested in theater at a fairly young age. When he was nine, he was featured in a commercial for the first time. His classmates didn’t like his hobby. They bullied him and beat him up. However, the talented teen didn’t give up. And what happened later? Bingo! He showed up on a TV screen as Batman! This is probably one of the most desired male roles. Today, Bale is a world-famous actor who has received numerous awards including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

    2. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba

      Believe it or not, but a stunning beauty Jessica Alba suffered from bullying at high school. She was victimized for her Texas accent and buck teeth. Also, she was quite an awkward teenager. As a result, her peers taunted her. Alba managed to overcome her clumsiness and become a model. Now she is a successful actress and entrepreneur. And this grown-up girl with buck teeth was ranked number six on “The Most Beautiful Women in the World.”

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      3. Winona Ryder

      Winona Ryder

        Secondary school was the absolute hell for Winona Ryder. She was beaten up by a group of bullies. They shouted some anti-gay words at her and called her a boy. She had a short haircut in those years because of her obsession with the movie “Bugsy Malone.” As the actress recalls, she dropped out of school after one of the beatings. One day, her old bully asked her for an autograph at a cafe. She swore loudly at him. The strength of mind helped Ryder recover from bullying and build a successful career in film industry.

        4. Taylor Swift

        Taylor Swift

          No pain; no gain. Taylor Swift is the living proof of the old wisdom. The singer admitted that high school bullies inspired her to start writing songs. And you know what? These days, people all around the world admire her talent. Swift is a top 10 most followed people on Instagram.

          5. Steven Spielberg

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          Steven Spielberg

            At school, Steven Spielberg was victimized for being a nerd. He stayed away from noisy parties and devoted himself to studies. His peers bullied him for this.

            Life has shown that Spielberg did everything right. His runaway success in movie-making owes a lot to his diligence at school. He is known as a distinguished film producer, movie director, and business person of our age. The sheer fact that Spielberg was ranked second on The Great Living Directors speaks for itself.

            6. Madonna

            Madonna

              You could hardly find a person who hasn’t heard of Madonna. She is a very recognizable person on the modern music stage. But in hindsight, she wasn’t always that well-liked. The Queen of pop music had a tough life at school. She said that boys called her “a hairy monster” and bullied her because of that. So what did she do? She ceased to shave her armpits. This is so typical of Madonna, isn’t it? She is well-known for her rebellious nature. And she has been ranked 43 on The Best Singers of All Time the years after.

              7. Lady Gaga

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              Lady Gaga

                Without a doubt, Lady Gaga has got her style. She began to wear extravagant clothes since school. No wonder her classmates called her a freak and made fun of her. It made her life unbearable. However, the singer managed to pull herself together. She stopped paying attention to all the gossip behind her back. These days, Lady Gaga has dedicated fans all over the globe. She calls them “little monsters” and encourages them to be who they are no matter what. Fortune favors the bold. 

                8. Kate Winslet

                Kate Winslet

                  Some teens get bullied at school because of their weight. Kate Winslet was one of them. She has never been a slender child. Her classmates teased her and called “blubber.” Such offensive nicknames made her feel horrible. But she didn’t give up on her dream to become an actress. Over the years, the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. Currently, we know Winslet as one of the most beautiful women in the world. She also won an Oscar for one of her roles.

                  9. Daniel Radcliffe

                  DANIEL RADCLIFFE

                    During his adolescence, the Harry Potter star wasn’t a popular teen. His class fellows considered him “uncool” and poked fun at him. On one occasion, 14-year-old Radcliffe even put up a fight with his 19-year-old bully. In fairness, it must be said that such battles look spectacular only in the movies. It was a negative experience for both guys since they punched each other for real. Now Radcliffe is the one having the last laugh. At his young age, he is a famous actor and a role model for many teenagers across the globe.

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                    If you are being bullied now, keep in mind that school is just a phase of your life. It won’t last forever. Everything will get better. The next time you feel oppressed, recall those celebrities from the list who experienced bullying as well. If they managed to get through it and pick themselves up, you can do it, too. Your time to shine will come! Make no doubt about it!

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                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                    7. Positive people smile a lot!

                    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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