Tom Hanks long and varied career as actor, producer, writer, director and app developer makes him among Hollywood’s elite, and he’s done it while maintaining a reputation as the nicest guy in Tinseltown. With all of the different roles he’s played in the movies, Tom Hanks is as well qualified as anyone to speculate on what makes a hero a hero.
Hanks’ films have grossed more than $4.3 billion at U.S. and Canadian box offices and more than $8.5 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America. From Army Ranger captain John Miller in Saving Private Ryan to astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13 to the cargo ship commander Captain Phillips and, “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully
Sullenberger, Hanks has lots of experience going deep on what makes a hero.Here are the 10 success lessons from Tom Hanks – “Actor, Filmmaker” for entrepreneurs,
It’s terrifying to choose the path of entrepreneurship over the well-worn, expected path of 9-to-5 employee. You’re risking time, money and reputation on a dream, which is stressful and scary. When the risks pay off, though, part of the high you feel comes from overcoming those moments of fear to find success. Entrepreneurs understand this; so does Hanks.
My work is more fun than fun but, best of all, it’s still very scary,” he once said. “You are always walking some kind of high wire … If I didn’t have the chance to do what I do, it’s that I would miss more than anything. That terror is what makes me feel alive. It’s a wonderful feeling, unlike anything else in the world.”
Think back to the movies where Hanks has played heroes. In every case, Miller, Lovell, Phillips and Sullenberger, the leader heroes knew how the plan was designed to work and then had the self-confidence to go off script when the situation around them deviated from the plan.
The base knowledge of the plan was what gave them the confidence to improvise when they needed to.
In Hanks’ words: "Something important did happen in high school. I took a drama class that determined my career….So I majored in theater arts…I went to Chabot College, where they had a great theater department. I started out operating the lights and building the sets. Later o