Van Damme Explains How To Be Successful

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It’s not everyday you get such great and unique advice from someone you’ve idolized since you were young.

That’s definitely the case with this awesome interview that Bloody Elbow’s Steph Daniels did with action movie legend Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Here’s some of the answers to Daniels’ questions, from the man himself and make sure you check out the full interview, it’s really something.

On Success: 

So to be successful in life, you’ve got to ask yourself first what do you want to do. It’s going to take some time because you don’t know yourself. You need a couple of years to know how you walk, how you think, how you this, how you that…At the same time, ask, ask yourself. “What do I want to do?” Because school will give you the rules and good advice. But school will not develop your instinct. And the instinct is inside you. So more you ask yourself what I want to do, more that seed will become like almost like a lemon and you will start to kind of have like a voice inside of you…like a feeling of knowing yourself. And then you’ll target your dream. When you feel that your dream will be come a reality, it’s out there. You know when you’re going to reach it. When you talk and you walk like the dream, you’re representing the dream, then you become a star.

On Acting:

Let’s face it. We all want to be loved.

It’s very hard to be a movie star in terms of like when your success is going down. Because everybody loves love. I love people. And people love to be loved. So when the movie star is going away like a champion, and fading away, it’s so much suffering for them. So you have to surround yourself with good family….meet dogs and friends so when you go down, you still have some activities with your family…painting and maybe directing. Movie star, you have to pay a price for sure.

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