With a net worth of $500,000,000, Tom Cruise is third richest actor on the planet behind Jerry Seinfeld and Shahrukh Khan. But he’s also one of the most polarizing figures in show business. A series of PR mishaps in recent times have made it difficult for many fans to separate the Hollywood superstar from the fiercely passionate Scientologist.
But there’s one thing about the enigmatic man that anyone familiar with his work can agree upon: When Cruise is on-screen, he delivers.
“I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, and when I become interested in something, I give it my all.” – Tom Cruise
In a 1997 interview, renowned director Francis Ford Coppola reflected on recognizing how Cruise’s sense of commitment would amplify his career trajectory. “I really felt this Tom Cruise kid was gonna be incredible,” he said. “I don’t know him now, but he was such a hard-working kid. I mean, he’d do anything for his character and I understand even today when they work on films he’s extremely hard-working.”
To say that Tom Cruise goes the distance is an understatement. Whether he’s jumping on Oprah’s couch or climbing the Burj Khalifa, Cruise never half-asses anything.
“Tom just happens to burn brighter than most, and that’s before you even factor in how talented an actor he is” – Steven Spielberg
His intense commitment to his craft allows him to radiate an energy that’s impossible to ignore. It’s infectious, it’s inspiring.
“Tom spreads a kind of team spirit to everyone involved. I mean, this guy could win NBA championships if he coached any basketball team. He’s a total inspiration, let alone being a great actor.” – Steven Spielberg
If you’re not 100% committed to your endeavors, you’ll find it difficult to make progress. And even if you do, you’ll probably give up anyway. By being committed, you’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve success. You’ll work harder, stay focused and ultimately burn brighter.
Read a compelling interview with Tom Cruise on his impressive career comeback and the PR missteps that nearly destroyed it over at Playboy (NSFW, of course).
This post was originally published on Year One.