In a bit of self visualization, a struggling Jim Carrey wrote himself a $10 million dollar check post dated 10 years. It would eventually come true…
When he was young, Carrey’s father lost his job and the whole family had to live in a camper van on a relative’s lawn. They all took jobs working as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory – Carrey himself worked an eight-hour shift straight after school.
Carrey got his start as a stand-up comedian at 15, when his father drove him to Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s club. Wearing a yellow suit that his mother sewed, Carrey’s debut bombed so badly that it gave him doubt whether he could make a living as an entertainer. Fortunately, he persevered and gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. A year later, he dropped out of high school to concentrate on his career.
At 19, Carrey headed to Hollywood – but like many young actors trying to make it in Tinseltown, he found that success was elusive. In 1985, a broke and depressed Carrey drove his old beat-up Toyota up the Hollywood hills. There, sitting overlooking Los Angeles, he daydreamed of success. To make himself feel better, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.
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