What Will I Learn?
Name: Clint Eastwood
Birth Date: May 31, 1930
Occupation: Actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician
Net-Worth: $375+ Million
Spouse: m. 1953 – 1984 Maggie Johnson; m. 1996 – 2014 Dina Ruiz
Children: Kyle Eastwood; Alison Eastwood; Scott Eastwood; Francesca Eastwood
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Today, Success Titan presents you the one-time Carmel by the Sea, California mayor Clint Eastwood. The octogenarian went from being a US Army swimming instructor at Fort Ord in the Monterey Peninsula, having previously served odd jobs haying bales, logging, driving trucks, and steel furnace stoker to becoming an internationally acclaimed actor and filmmaker.  
Thanks to his patience, diligence, and resilience, he has amassed an estimated fortune worth US $375 million. I’m Michael Wesonga from Success Titan, and this is Clint Eastwood ‘s story.
The actor, son to Clinton Eastwood and Ruth Wood, was born on 31 May 1930 and was nicknamed Samson by hospital nurses because he weighed 5.2kgs at birth.
The Eastwood’s lived in an affluent part of Piedmont, California, in 1940. 
He attended Piedmont Middle School, where he suffered poor academic performance and later joined Piedmont High School, where he got suspended for scrawling an obscene suggestion to a school official on the athletic field scoreboard.
One day, he even burnt an effigy at the school lawn, among other breaches. 
Career & Hustle
Eastwood moved to Hollywood after being discharged from the army in 1953 and secured a 40-week contract with Universal the following year. However, his option was dropped after a single renewal and bits of series in films like Tarantula and Revenge of Creature, both performed in 1955. 
The Turning Point
Clint experienced success starring in the television role in the Western TV series ‘Rawhide.’
He encountered a big break after that paving the way for immense fame by depicting tough casts in a series of the Italian filmmaker (Sergio Leone) as ‘the Man with no Name.’
Then he appeared in Dollars of Spaghetti in the 60s and in the “Dirty Harry Franchise” as the ‘antihero cop Harry Callahan.’
To date, he continues to receive accolades for directing award-winning movies like Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.
Success Knocks on Clint Eastwood’s Door
Eastwood mostly played less expressive roles as a tough loner, drawing very little praise from critics.
However, he won acclaim for demythologizing key western hero characters and the police with his lean and crisp style as a director. 
He went on to overcome a failed police drama – Rookie (1990) to winning Academy Awards as the best director for his revisionist Unforgiven in 1992.
The film was raised much acclaim for his unemotional view towards frontier violence. He was, after that, renowned as an adept director that revealed profound character studies and action-packed sequences.
3 Lessons from Clint Eastwood’s Story
Despite doing several odd jobs, Eastwood still worked at a gas station in Los Angeles after discharge from the army in 1953, where he also took classes at the City College.
Though Eastwood’s fame was catapulted by playing tough roles, he was also calculative enough to reject some other worthwhile roles as ‘Superman’ and ‘James Bond’ for reasons best known to him.
- His quote: “It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.” Says it all.
5 Success Tips From Clint Eastwood
1: Life knows no bounds
Eastwood registered poor grades in middle school, but that did not in any way deter him from succeeding in life. He kept on trying one thing after the other until he got where he wanted.
2: Necessity is the fuel for Re-invention
Eastwood began small, trying out his hand in various odd jobs before finally discovering his purpose and finding his balance in life.
3: Develop a Tough Skin
The actor was severely criticized for the parts he had in his roles, but to him, every part of failure was just but a learning curve. He understood that the harder the journey, the better the prospects at play. Tough men last longer than their challenges.
4: Be unique
Despite harsh criticism on his roles, Eastwood stuck to his guns and maintained his loner act stances until it got adopted as his brand.
5: Take Risks
Very few people can succeed in more than three professions like Eastwood, who is a musician, actor, businessman, politician etc. It takes great skill and determination to become such an eclectic personality.
7 Facts About Clint Eastwood
- He was fired at Universal Pictures as contract player because of his looks
- He got the lead in ‘Fistful of Dollars’ thanks to James Coburn and Charles Bronson.
- His agent’s bad advised bore the name of his production company
- He secured the role of Harry Calahan due to Frank Sinatra’s inability to hold a gun.
- He performed personal mountain climbing stunts for the Eiger Sanction.
- He turned down James Bond, Superman and John McClane roles
- He bought Carmel by the Sea Ice Cream residents in California ice cream during his stint as mayor from 1986 – 1988.
10 Quotes from Clint Eastwood
1: I’m interested in the fact that the less a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
2: If you want a guarantee buy a toaster.
3: It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.
4: I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
5: Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.
6: Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
7: I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
8: You, me … we own this country. Politicians are employees of ours … And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.
9: I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.
10: Let’s not go ruin it by thinking too much.
Your Take-Away for Today
Now that you know how Clint Eastwood made it, what can you apply in your life from his story?
I believe one of the greatest lessons is that life is what you make. Just like Horace Walpole put it, Clint Eastwood is actually a living proof that “Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those that feel. Clint has proven that you can be a multi-talented success in different spheres of life.
That’s just my personal opinion, what do you think instead? Kindly comment below!
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