George Clooney is an accomplished American actor, producer, director, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He is an A-list actor in Hollywood and a household name. While he began acting on television in the late 1970s, Clooney's first big breakout role came with the long-running medical drama, ER, where he played Doctor Doug Ross.
After that, he began earning bigger roles in movies and has since gone on to win numerous awards. But achieving success is not an overnight goal. Clooney follows certain rules to maintain his success and you should consider matriculating some of them into your everyday life.
10 George Clooney is dedicated to his craft.
Clooney didn't get where he is today, one of the most respected and sought-after actors in Hollywood, by being anything less than prepared while on film sets. He has cultivated a reputation for being respectful and responsible, on every set he works on.
There was even a time where he got severely injured while on set and yet he continued onwards with the film shoot after a quick patch-up just to prove his dedication to the craft and his job. It's important to follow through on the promises you make.
9 Be compassionate and give back to those with less than you.
Aside from his prestigious acting career, George Clooney is also known for being extremely philanthropic. He and his wife, Amal Clooney, are very outspoken about their humanitarian efforts and their political views. Clooney was a proud endorser of both Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.
He has worked on campaigns involving LGBT rights, gun control, Darfur, and much more. If you get to a point in your life where you are living in the excess of success, it's important to remember the people out there still suffering. If you have the means to give back to your community and help those who are less fortunate, it's good for the world and for the soul.
8 It's important to be humble.
Despite everything Clooney has accomplished in his life and his movie-star status, he has always remained humble. Out of many of the stars in Hollywood, Clooney is easily one of the most down-to-earth. He generally avoids scandal and most of the time when you see him in the headlines it's because of his charity or philanthropy work.
It's important to remain humble, no matter how successful you become. Arrogance doesn't look good on anyone and can even hold you back if it goes to your head. Continue to work hard and keep yourself in check, no matter how notable or famous you become.
7 Be confident and selective in your career choices.
You won't often catch George Clooney starring in a box office flop or poorly rated film. That's not to say it never happens, it's impossible to know exactly how a movie is going to perform exactly. But Clooney has also earned the right to be selective in his film choices. Some actors without as lustrous of career don't have that luxury.
But by being selective and also confident in his choices, Clooney is able to ensure he only does the things that generally interest him and that he is most passionate about. It's good advice to carry over in anyone's life. Don't sell yourself short and know your worth.
6 Turn your failures into motivation.
One of the main things Clooney likes to talk about is how his failures have motivated him and taught him valuable life lessons. He has said, “Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.” That's completely true.
You will learn far more from failing than you might in success. That doesn't mean you should slack off and attempt to fail but it's a natural part of life. The point is to get back up and try again. Some people don't find success until much later in life, and there is nothing wrong with that at all.
5 Learn to be okay with loneliness.
For a long time, George Clooney was thought of as one of the most eligible bachelors around. He was known for not wanting to get married or have children. He spoke before about how he does get lonely sometimes, everyone does, but it's important to learn how to be on your own.
Now Clooney is married to Amal Clooney, but there is still something valuable about knowing you can thrive by yourself. Many people are afraid to even go to the movies alone. Why is that? There's nothing wrong with it and once you learn how to do things by yourself, you'll be virtually unstoppable.
4 Believe in yourself no matter what.
This goes hand-in-hand with learning how to be on your own. If you believe in yourself and are confident in your abilities then no one will ever be able to hold you back. You don't want to become your own worst enemy so learn the value of understanding your strengths and weaknesses. If you don't feel confident all the time, that's okay.
Just fake it until you make it. Even Clooney doesn't always know if he's going to book a job or a gig. "I had to stop going to auditions thinking, 'Oh, I hope they like me.' I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem." Sometimes believing you'll get the job, even if you don't feel it in your gut, is enough to raise your confidence and help you perform better.
3 Understand how to resolve conflict in a positive manner.
Conflict is a natural part of life. Regardless of whether you run from conflict or embrace it, you are bound to face it in many facets of work, love, friendship, and more. It's going to pop up whether you're ready for it not.
But you can decide how to deal with it. The best way to handle conflict is as positive as you can. Try to get out of the situation if you're in a bad place mentally. Inflamed tempers will only make matters worse. You want to fix problems while you're level-headed and have had time to consider your options.
2 Listen to those around you.
"You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak," another brilliant quote from George Clooney. It's easy to listen to your own thoughts on something, but it's much smarter to listen to the people around you, especially if it's on a situation you've never experienced for yourself.
Be willing to listen, empathize, and genuinely understand where other people are coming from. You'll learn much more that way. Even if you're in a situation where you don't agree with what the other person is saying, it's still important to listen to them and understand a differing perspective.
1 Don't give up.
Like we mentioned above, some people don't achieve success until much later in life. Did you know George Clooney didn't land his breakout role on ER until he was in his 30s? There are many other celebrities who didn't really get started in the industry until they were older.
You can't compare your journey to anyone else's. The most important thing you can do is never give up. Even if you have to adjust your plans, always continue pursuing your passion. You never know when the perfect moment will strike.