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Eva Longoria Says You Have to Root For Yourself In Order to Succeed

There’s no doubt Eva Longoria is a boss, but how was she able to overcome barriers and succeed? Longoria says that growing up she was her own cheerleader and had to push herself in order to get to the top.

In a new interview with MAKERS, “a storytelling platform for the trailblazing women of today and tomorrow,” Longoria opens up about the hardships of being growing up Mexican-American in Texas, and how being the “ugly duckling” in her family made her even stronger.

The actress, producer, director and activist, who can be currently seen in Lowriders, recalls how she told her mother about wanting to enter a beauty pageant in college. Her mother responded by saying: “Oh honey, are you sure you want to put yourself through that? You’re not gonna win.”

You’d think that being discouraged by your own mother would dampen your spirits or even make you question why someone would say such things, but Longoria persevered. She entered the pageant anyway and ended up winning first place.

If you need more inspiration from this talented human being, here’s some encouraging words that will help you become your best self.

Getting to the top isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

If you want something bad enough, you better work for it.

Become like those who inspire you.

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