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10. The Importance of Community Support.
What do Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, and Robert Redford have in common?
They were all buddies, hanging out together in New york as struggling actors, banging on doors for auditions looking for work.
None of them had experienced any kind of success in Hollywood or Broadway…yet.
Hackman and Hoffman studied together at the Pasadena Playhouse in California and both were voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
After studying at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, Hackman moved to NewYork to pursue his acting career on Broadway.
In time, he struck up friendships with both Robert Redford and Robert Duvall, both of whom he kept running into at auditions “pounding the pavement” while trying to get acting jobs.
Dustin Hoffman later moved out to New York to get his feet wet on Broadway as well and ended up sleeping on Hackman’s kitchen floor.
All four actors/directors struggled together in pursuit of their impossible dreams.
Today, all of them are Academy Award Winners. They are living Hollywood legends and have all made their unforgettable marks in Motion Picture history.
They are all revered actors and some have gone on to direct powerful films like Ordinary People, A river Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, and The Apostle..
Gene Hackman won his Oscars for The French Connection (1972, Best Actor) and Unforgiven (1992, Best Supporting Actor)
Dustin Hoffman won his Oscars for Kramer vs Kramer (1980, Best Actor) and Rain Man (1989, Best Actor)
Robert Duvall won his Oscar for Tender Mercies (1984, Best Actor)
Robert Redford won his Oscar for Ordinary People (1981, Best Director) and won an Honorary Oscar in 2002 (actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere)
*Redford was the only who didn’t win an Oscar for acting, but won for directing.
Get plugged in.
The lesson here is simple. Surround yourself with other people that have the same goals and ambitions as you do.
You’ll hold each other accountable because people with the same goals tend to push, motivate, and inspire, others with the same goals.
It doesn’t matter what industry we’re talking about. Success breeds success.
When it comes to travel, and specifically backpacking, there is no better to way to stay on track with your travel goals than to get involved with a community of other backpackers and student travelers with the same vision of roughing it or that have “been there done that” and want to help enlighten others.
So where do you find this kind of energetic, proactive, supportive, family style community of backpackers and student travelers helping and pumping up each other?