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Tom Hardy: from the brink of death to Hollywood star

Tom Hardy: from the brink of death to Hollywood star

Tom Hardy on his inspiring struggle to be a better person. Most people know Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, but you probably don’t know his incredible true story. He was born in a middle class family in Surrey, but at the age of 11 he started sniffing glue. At 16 he was expelled from boarding school for stealing. Tom was heavily addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. He was arrested by the police for car theft and illegal gun possession. Years later his addiction cost him his marriage to Sarah Ward. When he was 26, Tom hit rock bottom and was found lying in a pool of blood in London’s Soho district. This was the wake-up call he needed. Tom went into rehab and has been sober ever since. “Acting helps me to stay sober,” says the Mad Max actor. “And to keep on track. “The characters I’ve played have been mostly violent and I’m so far from being violent or aggressive. “I now spend a lot of time watching Fireman Sam with my son.” Today, Tom uses his own experiences and success by doing good. “I want to help other people. I’m really grateful for the things that happened in my life," he says. “It could have gone the wrong way. “I try to help young people who want to get their life on track as ambassador for Prince’s Trust. “It’s very important to me that they get the life-changing second chance that I had.” Tom loves dogs. While filming Lawless he saw a homeless canine and adopted her. And the British actor actively supports Peta, the world’s largest animal-rights organisation. He also supports Help for Heroes, a UK charity that helps wounded British soldiers. Does he consider himself a saint? “I still struggle and the biggest fight right now is the fight within me,” he says. “The fight is to just try to better myself.” Always remember Tom's wisdom: “You don’t know what winning is if you don’t know what losing feels like.” This BrightVibes original video proved such a success on our Facebook page that we received a personal thank you from Tom himself! Pretty cool, huh? We were blown away by the reaction. What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Read more about Tom Hardy’s incredible story here ➡️ Check out our playlist for more Celebs Worth Celebrating ➡️ If you like this, then subscribe now for new videos three times a week ➡️ Visit for more contagiously inspiring stories ➡️ Other ways to connect with us… Facebook ➡️ Twitter ➡️ Instagram ➡️
Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health? | Bailey Parnell | TEDxRyersonU

Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health? | Bailey Parnell | TEDxRyersonU

Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems? According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health. As social media continues to become part of the fabric of modern life – the “digital layer” – abstinence is becoming less of an option. Bailey think it’s high time we learned to practice safe social before it’s too late. What are the common triggers? How are they affecting you over time? How can you create a more positive experience online? Bailey covers this and more in “Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?” Bailey Parnell was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is an award-winning digital marketer, public speaker and businesswoman with a talent for helping people tell better stories. Her work and expertise have been featured on CBC, CTV & in other local Toronto media. Bailey recently founded SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company where they help people develop the essential skills needed for professional success. She also currently works in digital marketing at Ryerson University. Bailey is a frequent public speaker having spoken to more than 10 thousand people. She primarily speaks about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She guest lectured her first MBA class at 21-years-old and has been the youngest speaker as multiple academic conferences. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication and Culture with a research focus on social media and mental health, and holds an honours BA from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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