[dropcap size=big]F[/dropcap]ew people have never heard of David Hasselhoff. Most people remember him from his acting in Knight Rider and Baywatch. Is determination is one of the abilities that has helped him succeed in business? We believe so, but let’s take a look together…

David was born in 1952, the son of a security business executive, and later graduated with a degree in theater. Thirty years later, he starred in Knight Rider – a show about a guy and his relationship with a car who (together) made a difference by saving lives one show at a time.

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He later starred in Baywatch, one of the most watched television shows in the world. Wikipedia says he has a fortune of more than $100,000,000

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He has reached his goal to play on Broadway. He performed in music videos and he’s appeared in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. He also starred on an episode of Diff’rent Strokes and acted in the film Click. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001327/ Then in 2011, he became a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. He even made a selfie video where he was slowly eating a sandwich without a shirt on.

http://metro.co.uk/2010/12/14/britains-got-talent-2011-michael-mcintyre-and-david-hasselhoff-join-judging-panel-612213/

In 2006, Hasselhoff became a co-judge on America’s Got Talent, and in 2008, he became a downloadable character in a video game.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/10/22/a-very-special-message-from-david-hasselhoff/

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At an early age, David knew what he wanted and took lessons in the performing arts – acting, dancing, and singing. He worked in a few bit parts until landing the role of Dr. William “Snapper” Foster Jr. on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. We found this studio portrait of him with two puppies.

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David took chances and, at various times, tried to build a career in singing  but for the most part, failed to connect with listeners. He’s had many ups and downs, but has stayed mostly upbeat and positive over the years. Even in the face of negative publicity, he actively pushed the phrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff” and even sold products on his website with his nickname (“The Hoff”) attached. People told him he would not succeed, and he figured out how to move forward anyway.

David may do an occasional guest shot on ‘Baywatch,’ but as far as being a regular or even a semi-regular, the answer is no.

David Hasselhoff worked hard, tried over and over, and got momentum and a few lucky breaks. It took him a while, but eventually he succeed. He stayed focused and continued to reach – and got up after his failures. He kept moving forward and eventually created a body of work that most people would be excited to achieve.

Here’s a polar bear with lots of determination…

And this Honda video is all about determination and overcoming failure. Check it out.