Television is filled with great role models as well as celebrities with incredibly inspiring backstories you must hear about. Nevertheless, it is hard to find someone who has given as much hope for a new generation of young women as Ellen DeGeneres has. Born in Louisiana back in 1958, Ellen has lived one of the most inspiring lives anyone has heard of in several decades.
From being molested by her stepfather when she was 15 or 16 years old to proudly coming out as gay to the world and becoming one of the most successful women in planet Earth, Ellen is exactly the kind of person whose habits and success secrets you would want to follow.
10 She's Not Afraid To Be Herself
The first thing you need to know about Ellen DeGeneres is that her basic motto is honesty. If you are not honest with yourself, you cannot be honest with anyone else. With that in mind, Ellen did something that many people don’t have the courage to even think of doing.
Already one of the most influential people in television, she came out and declared to the world she was gay. That was one of the most inspiring moves in the history of Hollywood and something that gave people a real idea of what success is all about. She was already successful, but after letting everyone know who she really was, her career soared to new heights.
9 She Cares About Her Audience
One thing about celebrities is that after a while, some of them believe they are entitled to all they have. They forget that in order to reach fame and wealth, they needed the help of a lot of people. More than that, they needed the fans to like them and to want to see them. No one becomes a celebrity without an audience, and a lot of times celebrities lose focus of that and mistreat their audience. That is one sure way of seeing your career go down the drain.
Again, this is an area were Ellen DeGeneres thrives. She truly cares about her audience and what they think. She takes her time to talk to fans and let them know how much they mean to her. Ellen is an example not only for the average Jane and Joe but for all celebrities as well.
8 She Didn't Let Money Get To Her
One thing many people might not know is that Ellen DeGeneres was not always rich. She was poor growing up, and, in a way, that helped her develop a healthy attitude towards dealing with her money. Her family never owned a house while she was growing up. From time to time she had to move places and switch schools, which makes life for a kid or a teenager very hard.
Ellen had to deal with tight finances, but that helped her come to the realization that when she finally made money, she would not be held hostage by it. Sure, it is easier to say that when you make more than $50 million a year, but that attitude of not living your life in fear of money is something everyone could use.
7 Fuel For Her Inner Fire
Everyone gets knocked down in their life. No one lives in a fairytale where everything is good from the beginning all the way up to the end. There are bumps on the road and that is what makes life interesting. Ellen DeGeneres’s life was no different. As we said before, she struggled in her childhood, living in a home where she was molested, and they didn’t have much money.
Still, she never let any of the adversity she faced tie her down to rock bottom. No matter what happened, Ellen just kept going. She faced the truth of her struggles and used them as fuel for a fire to bring herself back up and start anew, stronger and more resilient.
6 She Cares About The World
Another success secret that many people don’t think about is that a lot of celebrities who stay successful do so in part because of things they do outside of their work. One of those areas is caring about the world. People support celebrities who care about the world.
Ellen DeGeneres does that in several ways. From little things like becoming a vegan and helping other people to strive for that goal to bigger things like giving a platform to organizations like the Humane Society in her show. A self-proclaimed animal lover, Ellen tries her best in her busy schedule to do those things and help make the world a better place, not just for people, but for animals as well.
5 She Follows Her Own Path
Now, this is a huge must for people who truly want to be successful in business and life. A lot of folks try to mimic the success stories of others and take a path that is not their own. While that might even lead to success in the short term, it could also lead to unhappiness in the long term. It is a slippery slope that could ultimately make someone lose all the success they attained by attempting to be someone they really are not.
Ellen DeGeneres is a great example of someone who built her own path and, no matter what other people tried to tell her, kept going through that path and made her career her own.
4 She Stays Fit
Fitness is a big thing these days. Everyone says that your number one concern should be to be fit to be able to enjoy your life and to be fit you must follow such-and-such workout routine. Well, one look at Ellen DeGeneres is enough to let people know that you do not need to follow a trendy workout routine or a meal plan in order to be happy, healthy, and successful.
Yes, it is vital that you stay active in order to be your best self and stay successful, just as Ellen has. Nevertheless, you can do that at your own pace. Ellen, for example, is not a gym rat. What she does to stay healthy is yoga and some really fun home workout routines that she gets to enjoy with her puppies.
3 She Helps Others
We talked about how Ellen cares about the world and tries to help animals, but it is not the only thing she does when it comes to helping others. She also helps a lot of other people. Ellen is a very well-known humanitarian, and her efforts on the field are commendable, to say the least.
Back when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she named Ellen a special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. Ellen used her personal experience as a victim of molestation to support charities that fight abuse as well as to fight other evils in our world like slavery and human trafficking, as well as depression and suicide.
2 She Smiles A Lot
At the end of the day, no matter who you are or how successful you are or want to be, the one goal every single person has in their life is to be happy. And, as Ellen DeGeneres loves to say, the secret to happiness is not looking like you’re happy, it is actually being happy by and for yourself.
It is hard to find a celebrity who is more likable than Ellen, and one of the reasons for that is the energy she gives out. She always looks happy, and that's because she truly is happy. She knows who she is, she accepts herself for who she is, and she loves herself for who she is. It might seem weird to say, but being happy, truly happy, is one of the biggest things she does to stay successful.
1 She is Genuine
Going along the lines of our previous entry, being genuine not only with yourself but with the world around you is key for someone who wants to become successful or remain successful. Ellen is truly a genuine soul as she is as honest as they come—a particular rarity in the world of Hollywood. She lives her life with integrity as, no matter what other people might think of her, she will tell them the truth and she will stand by her convictions no matter who goes against her.
That was exemplified when Ellen came out as gay and didn’t try to just explain it away as some would have. She just gave the public how it was, and she became a more powerful and successful woman because of that—because she stood up for what she believes in. She was genuine back then, and she is still genuine today.