Hugh Jackman, the star of 'Wolverine' admits he had a rough start which made him feel powerless.
When he was young, his mother abandoned him it had a drastic effect on his life.
The 46-year-old actor told Parade magazine: "From the moment mom left, I was a fearful kid who felt powerless. I was the youngest. I used to be the first one home and I was frightened to go inside. I couldn't go into the house on my own. I'd wait outside, scared, frustrated. Growing up I was scared of the dark. I was scared of heights.
"It limited me. I hated it, and that contributed to my anger. Isn't most anger fear-based, ultimately? It emanates from some kind of powerlessness. I was really feeling that."
For many people, hardship sparks determination to succeed.
My husband grew up during WW2 in London. He, amongst other children, were sent away when bombs started destroying the city. But the country woman who accepted him used to shut him in a cupboard for hours if he broke her rules. When his mother found out, she took him back to the city, where they'd shelter in the closest Underground station during bomb raids. He's turned out to be a popular, strong and determined man.
And then there was me. In 1949, my mother, sister and I left our home for a train trip when I was seven years old. Before I knew what was going on, some people took me and my sister to a girl's home. I looked around the big hallway, wondering what would happen. A stern lady took me into a room with other children about my age sitting in a classroom. I slunk to a desk at the rear.
Difficult, confusing times followed, filled with regimented activities. I didn't know why we were there of if I'd see my mother again, so I stuck close to my sister at playtime, and tried to get by when faced with difficult sums.
I couldn't understand where my mother had gone or why she had abandoned us.
When we saw Mummy shortly before the turn of the decade, she carried our baby sister, mewing inside a bunny-rug. Despite that early abandonment, I became a strong, determined lady.
There's a story lurking behind every person who presents a successful façade to the world.
Do you have one to share?