Life Lessons from 4 American Icons

We’ve all heard how tough it is to make it in show business. Fame comes and goes for many celebrities, but there are some individuals that truly outshine the rest. They have the look, the talent and the dedication to solidify their place in history and the hearts of their fans.

Many of my favorite celebrities attribute their success to dumb luck, but there is definitely something special about the ones that “make it.” Yes, they could have been in the right place at the right time, but more importantly, they had a dream and the determination to follow it.

Since everyone has dreams they’d like to follow, join me in looking to the stars for some inspiration on how to achieve your goals, as well as some of my favorite celebrity tributes from The Bradford Exchange Online

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

John Wayne and the characters he played are prime examples of grit, honor and living by your own rules. Following a dream can be intimidating, but if you have the courage to try, you just might succeed. These John Wayne collectibles are great reminders to “saddle up” in the face of adversity!

John Wayne Collectibles


John Wayne Wooden Strongbox

John Wayne “Straight Shooter” Stein

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” – Elvis Presley

The King didn’t inherit the throne. It takes commitment to write, record and perform for as long as he did. If you have a dream, you need to find the drive within you to go for it! Below, you’ll find my favorite Elvis treasures that remind me: “it’s now or never”…

Elvis Presley Collectibles


Ultimate Elvis Charm Bracelet

Elvis 80th Anniversary Commemorative Collector Plate

Burning Love Handbag

“Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe had beauty, talent and exuded confidence wherever she went. She knew that the secret to a fulfilling life is to reject the fears that hold you back from being the best you can be. If you ask me, these Marilyn Monroe tributes are as dreamy looking as they are inspiring!

Marilyn Monroe Collectibles


Marilyn Monroe “Legendary Glamour” Lamp

Marilyn Monroe Legacy of Beauty Collector Plate

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

Although she played a zany housewife on TV, the real woman behind Lucy Ricardo’s character was a savvy businesswoman who achieved groundbreaking success in a male-dominated industry. Just like her on-screen persona however, she wasn’t afraid to try, even when the odds were stacked against her. Not only does this I LOVE LUCY memorabilia put a smile on my face, they remind me to think outside of the box when it comes to achieving my goals.

Lucille Ball Collectibles


I LOVE LUCY Charm Bracelet

I LOVE LUCY: Now and Forever Figurine Collection

I LOVE LUCY Personalized Welcome Sign

I hope you’ve found a bit of inspiration from these iconic Americans — I know I have! Who inspires you? I’d love to connect with you in the comments. And, if you liked the celebrity tributes featured in this post, make sure to visit The Bradford Exchange Online to see everything we have to offer.

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