by Sunil Bali. 15-04-2018

Robert had a blue collar upbringing in a poor part of Chicago.

As a kid he loved watching the aeroplanes fly over his house and playing with his parents 8mm home movie camera. At birthdays and holidays he always took it upon himself to create a movie.

When it came to choosing a career, it was either to be a pilot or a film director.

Robert’s parents, however, thought he was wasting his time and said to him, "Don’t you see where you come from? You can’t be a movie director or a pilot. How many pilots and movie directors are there in our neighbourhood?"

Despite his parents disapproval, Robert decided to go to film school.

Today, aged 65, the films of Robert Zemeckis have grossed nearly $5Billion, won numerous Oscars and include "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump".

Zemeckis says, "Whether you want to make paper planes for fun or fly planes for a living, the only person you need permission from is yourself."

….. staying alive is good, but feeling alive is better.

Ps. Zemeckis has also fulfilled his ambition of becoming a pilot and frequently flies his private jet.



  • To be honest, the only reason my wife and I are together is the children. Neither of us wanted custody.
  • Henry the 8th’s second wife Anne Boleyn had a brother…… his name was Tenpin.
  • I just found out that I passed my drugs test. My dealer has some explaining to do.


Live big & love deep.