Sometimes life gets tough and we feel like we must put aside our dreams to make things work. Many people have struggled throughout life and still found ways to succeed. You should use their stories as inspiration to lead you to achieve all your own hopes and dreams. Sure, everyone has a different situation in life. It’s what makes us unique and special, but also what fuels us to create whatever world we want to live in. It also ensures that the person who is in control of your dreams is you, so make sure you are doing everything you can to achieve them.
The Story Behind the Man: Guy Laliberté – Canadian Entrepreneur
Guy Laliberté was born in Quebec City on September 2nd, 1959. He did not have a lot of money while growing up, but always had a passion for show business. When he was younger, his parents brought him to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, which would lead to Guy reading about the circus and its founders. He was interested in it and, while at school, he would do several performing art events as well performing on the street for some cash. At the age of 18, Guy would hitch-hike around Europe to earn money playing the accordion.
His beginnings were humble while street-performing, but eventually, lead Guy to joining a performing group the Les Échassiers. Here he would juggle, do acrobatics, and even breathe fire for crowds. However, his performances did not earn him enough money and he would later return to Quebec City to work at a hydroelectric dam. This wasn’t his calling, though, and as soon as he started the workers went on strike and he returned to performing on the streets for money. Soon, he joined a group Gilles Ste-Croix in Baie-Saint Paul.
In 1982, Guy helped organize a street performers’ festival in the city. This would lead to more opportunities for him and the eventual creation of Cirque du Soleil. In 1984, Cirque Du Soleil would be part of the Quebec 450th anniversary celebration – a huge success for them. Following this success, Guy brought his Circus on a North American tour in 1985. The great success of the circus on this tour lead to rapid growth of the company.
This great success lead to permanent shows, as opposed to the traveling shows in several major cities. The show employees, which consisted of over 4,000 people, traveled across 40 counties. They would all obviously keep Guy’s main vision while adding some of their own creative flare to the shows.
Guy has also had many other side activities. One of these activities he enjoys is poke, which has both won and lost big in. In the 2007 World Poker tournament, he won $696,220 – though it is estimated that between 2006-2012 Guy lost $31 million playing poker, although he had participated in many charity tournaments. Another interest of Guy’s was space travel. In 2009, he became the first Canadian space tourist of $35 million and is quoted as saying it was worth every penny.
Guy continues to give back to the community and continues to live his life to the fullest. Currently, he is worth $1.2 billion – which is pretty good considering he started off working on the streets for money when he was younger. This goes to show you that hard work and determination can get you far and you can be successful. If you would like to learn more about Guy Laliberté, check out the book Guy Laliberté: The Fabulous Story of the Creator of Cirque du Soleil