This Message From Chris Pratt About How He Went From Homeless To A Movie Star Will Make You Rethink Your Life

By 01.27.16
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What are you doing right now? Literally right this second, what are you doing? Obviously you’re reading this, but are you at work? School? Sitting in your dad’s basement high as balls? In reality your answer doesn’t really matter because the question I asked was the wrong one. What I should’ve asked, is “What do you want to be doing right now?”

If the answer to my first question and my second question are the same, then cool! You are one lucky dude or dudette who has somehow managed to make their work life and their fun life intertwine. For most people though, life isn’t like that – it’s 9 – 5 work at some bitch-ass job they hate, then going home and trying to fill the remaining hours doing whatever they enjoy until it’s time to get up for work again. That’s not fun. That’s not cool. In fact I count my blessings every day that I not only have one, but two jobs I adore – can you say the same for yourself?

If not, then go out and fix it. I don’t care what you have to do, but figure it out and get it done. It’s what Chris Pratt did before becoming the movie star he is today: Bro was homeless in Maui and waiting tables, which is probably how he’s stayed so humble despite finding superstardom. In an Instagram post earlier today, Pratt was apparently feeling especially #blessed with his good fortune and decided to let it all out for his followers. The best part is that you can feel his excitement through what he’s written which, to me, is the most motivational aspect of his whole story:

It's 3:20am. I got picked up for work at 6:45am yesterday. I'm not good with math, especially after being up for approximately 61 hours but I think I've been up for over 77 hours. I did a table read for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this morning and then shot all day on Passengers and just now wrapped some 144 hours later. Weirdly both films, which iI'l be shooting back to back, are being shot in Atlanta at Pinewood studios. We have the best crew. Total rock stars busting their asses. And the stuff we're shooting. My God. I can't wait for you to see it. I go back in in about 8 hours to do more. I am doing what I love. It doesn't feel like work. Even though it is. I'm having fun. I'm overcome with joy and gratitude. I felt like posting this to say to anyone out there chasing your dream… Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity. I had to hustle hard and go hungry. I had to eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money. And I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever. Don't give up. Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it.

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It’s 3:20am. I got picked up for work at 6:45am yesterday. I’m not good with math, especially after being up for approximately 61 hours but I think I’ve been up for over 77 hours. I did a table read for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this morning and then shot all day on Passengers and just now wrapped some 144 hours later. Weirdly both films, which iI’l be shooting back to back, are being shot in Atlanta at Pinewood studios. We have the best crew. Total rock stars busting their asses. And the stuff we’re shooting. My God. I can’t wait for you to see it. I go back in in about 8 hours to do more. I am doing what I love. It doesn’t feel like work. Even though it is. I’m having fun. I’m overcome with joy and gratitude. I felt like posting this to say to anyone out there chasing your dream… Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity. I had to hustle hard and go hungry. I had to eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money. And I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever. Don’t give up. Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it.

Go get it indeed – if Andy Dwyer, a schmuck who probably couldn’t spell his own name if it was written down in front of him, can go on to become Star-Lord, then you sure as shit can achieve whatever non-intergalactic dreams you’ve got cookin’ in the back of your head.


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