Tom Selleck is one of those actors whose career has made an indelible mark in the entertainment industry. Very few people know that he was not always living a life of glitz and glamour. He admits that throughout his life, he needed God’s guidance and grace in order to get to where he is now.

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“I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way, because that’s important to my stability now,” he said, in an interview with the New York Daily News.

As a young man, Selleck played basketball for the University of Southern California. He began acting in his senior year in university and decided to drop out in favor of his new passion. His career didn’t take off right away. He was signed by Twentieth Century Fox, one of the biggest production studios in Hollywood. However, his rise to fame was stumped by the fact that he was drafted into the US Army back in 1967.

He settled into military life and served with the California National guard until 1973. At this point, he decided to go back to Hollywood to give his career another shot. Sadly, he faced even more challenges. Just like many others who tried their luck in Tinseltown, Selleck received one rejection after another.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,” he said. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

After due diligence, Selleck found a break and became the icon that we know him today. What many people don’t know is that he continues to work behind the scenes for the benefit of others. In his own way, he is trying to impart the lessons he’s learned throughout his life and pass them on to the next generation.

“We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses. I work with exceptional kids, gang kids, deprived kids, enriched kids and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement. They don’t celebrate earning the privilege of driving at 16. They expect a car. There’s a big difference,” he said.

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