Lessons From Trailblazers: Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey was born to a middle class family in Newmarket Ontario. When he was a young boy, his father lost his job and his family moved to a low income area of Scarborough. His family went through many hardships, and he was forced to drop out of high school to work just so they would have enough money to live, and to take care of his chronically ill mother.

He worked in a steel mill as well as in a scientific testing facility before making it big.

Today, Jim Carrey is one the highest paid comedians in the world.

Carrey came from a difficult place – one in which many in his place would give up. But he pushed through – and not only that, he did it with a smile so big the world turned and looked. It’s inspiring that someone who came from so much hardship chose a career in laughter.

In his recent commencement speech, he imparted the words that kept him going:

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so why not take a chance on what you love?”


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