Kevin Hart is the real definition of hustle smart, keep your game tight and aim to break the norm.
These three strategies got a little black boy with a mouth of jokes, big dreams and no dime to the number six spot of Forbes 2016 Global Celebrity Earners knocking off Lionel Messi and Adele.
Hart raked in $87.5 million from his tours after playing over a hundred shows in one year. Each show churning in almost a million dollars in sold-out tickets.
How did he get richer than Adele or Messi? Kevin Hart did what no other comedian alive had attempted, turning comedy shows to tours.
Each show outmassing the other as he filled audiences of over forty-thousand capacity.
He is the first comedian to ever earn more than Jerry Seinfeld.
Born Kevin Darnell Hart in July 6, 1979, he and his only brother, Robert Hart, were raised by his single-mum, Nancy Hart.
His father, Henry Witherspoon was a cocaine-addict who spent more time in jail than actually playing his role as his father during his childhood.
The comic-actor turned to humor as a means to escape from his troubled family.
Hart moved to New York City to attend community college after graduating high school. From there, he relocated to Massachusetts where he sold shoes to make ends meet.
The 37-year-old began his career in stand-up comedy after performing for the first time at an amateur night at a club in Philadelphia.
After noticing he had the charm to make people laugh with his life story, he began chasing comedy full-time which saw him win several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England.
Kevin Hart finally got his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared.
Though the series had only one season, Hart had carved a brand for himself as he soon landed other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers, 2002, Scary Movie 3 , 2003, Soul Plane, 2004, In the Mix, 2005, and Little Fockers, 2010.
He also released his first stand-up album I’m a Grown Little Man in 2008, and two more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010 and Laugh at My Pain in 2011 which set a record as one the year’s top selling comedy tours with an earning of $15 million.
Kevin was just getting started.
A jack-of-all-trades, master-of all, Kevin Hart is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer.
Hart’s fame spiraled upwards with his feature in the 2012 hit love-comedy, Think Like A Man.
Since then, every movie he has been cast in became a hit, such as, Grudge Match, 2013, Ride Along, 2014, About Last Night, 2014, Get Hard, 2015 and Central Intelligence, 2016.
He co-created the hit TV show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, where he plays the lead as himself.
Hart was named as Times 100 Most Influential People In The World, 2015.
Rather than sink in the story of his past, Kevin used the very thing which would break some as his stepping stone to greatness.
Rather than cry and feel sorry about his childhood misfortune, Kevin Hart used his troubled family stories to make others laugh, which has made him crazy rich.
Be inspired. Find your own story, fam.