Sophia Loren, one of the most ‘…beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world’ and celebrated highly for her voluptuous silhouette, soared from poverty to fame starting at just 14 years of age. Although fame came relatively quickly to her, her life between birth to that point, would have rendered any other ordinary person likely to live a life of despondency and mediocrity if not worse!
Sophia was born into poverty to a single mother, no support from her father in war torn Napoli, Italy. So, given this difficult starting point, just how exactly did she manage to succeed? From a brief study of her life, it is evident that her unwavering belief in herself, coupled with strong natural gift of wisdom have taken her through from ‘rags to riches’. ‘The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty’.
Shockingly, Sophia, was not always known for her bombshell looks. Her wet nurse described her as ‘the ugliest child I ever saw in my life’. She was also known as ‘stechetto’, meaning little stick in Italian, the kids in school called her this. Typically, the latter would be enough to send young kids to therapy…but not Sophia; ‘I always tried not to listen to those people’. Sophia entered herself into the Miss Italia beauty pageant at 14, went on to start acting lessons and was discovered in ‘Aida’, where she played a minor role. Once she started acting, she was criticized for her looks yet again; ‘…They were saying that my nose was too long and my mouth was too big. It didn’t hurt me at all because when I believe in something, it’s like war. It’s a battle’.
This mindset of believing in herself is what helped to propel Sophia forward ‘…successful people are determined to make the situation work for them rather than playing the role of the victim and searching for reasons why a situation won’t work’. Sophia went on to act in over 100 films throughout her career, won many awards, she published cookbooks among other ventures and projects. She is currently on tour in the U.S. making appearances for ‘An evening with Sophia Loren’. Her networth is $75 million.
‘Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough. Perhaps if we had half of the belief that Sophia has for herself, who knows the success we could achieve by accessing our own potential! The following additional quotes by Sophia Loren will help re-set your mindset and re-ignite your belief in self.