2 March 2016
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It’s been a long, slow slug, but on Sunday night at the 88th Academy Awards Leonardo DiCaprio finally nailed it and got the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar. He was first nominated way back in 1993 but had since failed to get the award, always coming up against the very best performances of other actors’ careers. He never seemed to get down about it though, so what can we all learn from Leo?
Don’t give up
Leo never seemed to get down about has lack of Oscars, he just kept working really hard and creating great work. This was actually the fifth time he had been nominated for the ‘Best Actor’ gong, and his past roles included Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond and The Aviator.
Don’t get bitter
Not achieving what you want to? Don’t drag others down, keep working hard and the results will come. Leo never stooped to talking trash about the other winners and was always gracious in defeat – that’s because he’s a professional.
Use your voice
Rather than doing a 5-minute speech about himself, Leo used the win to further his favourite cause: the fight against climate change. Next time you have the opportunity to voice your opinion to people of influence, why not make it count? “Climate change is real – it is happening right now,” said DiCaprio. “It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
We love you Leo, enjoy your Oscar – you earned it.