7 Essential Characteristics Leading To Success – Charice’s Story

Sun, Jun 6, 2010

Personal Growth

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What determines that saying “A Star Is Born”?

I’ll never forget the day I saw Charice on the Oprah Winfrey show on May 12, 2008.  She brought me to tears, it was like the Universe was speaking through her voice.  It was the most inspiring performance from a little 15 year old girl who lived in the Philippines.  I remember feeling such love in my heart and I couldn’t stop crying.  I knew she was going to be a Big Star!

After being mesmerized that day, I followed her career and watched her perform on Youtube.  Then recently, I saw her on Oprah again and this time, she’s launching her 1st album!  In 2 years, she is now a Mega Star. 😯  I started to research her life and I was inspired to write this blog post because her life has the same secrets to success which all really successful people have:

7 Traits Of Success

1) Burning Desire – When Charice was 4 years old, her mother decided to leave her father because he was very abusive.  Charice’s mother worked 16 hrs/day in a factory to support Charice and her little brother.  Charice decided to start singing in local singing contests to try to help her Mom by winning these contests.  She entered more than 80 contests since she was 7 years old.  Charice’s burning desire has been to help her mother.

2) Documented Dreams – Charice has a sketch pad where she drew pictures of her and Celine Dion singing together.  She also drew one of Andrea Bocelli and herself singing together.  She always dreamed of being a star and drew pictures of her dreams.

3) Never Give Up – She had been told she was not good enough and not pretty enough to be a star.  She also was very discouraged in 2005 when she finished 3rd in a very big talent show on a Filipino television show.  She wanted to give up and was thinking of becoming a nurse.

4) Always Believe – With her mother’s encouragement, Charice never gave up and continued to believe and dream.  An online stranger named FalseVoice started to post her videos on YouTube and her performances started to get noticed.  She became an Internet sensation which lead to her success today.

5) Do Your Best Everyday – She was 3 years old when she witnessed her father abusing her mother and ever since they left, they have had to survive on their own.  Charice says she always wanted to help her Mom and she did everything she could even at her young age.  Today, as a superstar who is now working with David Foster (the best songwriter/producer), Charice says David says “it cannot just be good, it has to be great!”.

6) Be Grateful – When asked who was her greatest inspiration by an interviewer who was expecting Charice to say “Celine Dion”, Charice says yes, however, the most inspiring person to her is her Mom!  This past May, Charice bought her Mom her dream house for mother’s day.

7) Use Your Circumstances As A Launching Pad – In studying many successful people, I have learned that we all have circumstances, however, it is how we decide to use those circumstances which determines whether we will be launched to incredible success or launched into another circumstance. Charice, like all successful people, used her difficult circumstances to launch her into stardom and this is just the beginning of her bright future.

Here’s Charice’s humble beginnings and her dreams:
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78 Comments For This Post

  1. Cheryl Tateishi Says:

    Awesome post Kellie! Definitely started w/a burning desire, drawing it out like a dream board and never letting go…no matter what anybody said. Thank you for sharing Charise’s story because all of us can learn from this talented girl that things don’t just happen…she made it happen by doing all the right things.

  2. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Hey Cheryl, thank you so much for your comments. Yes, I agree with you, Charice certainly did all the right things even though no one told her to do them She had such a strong desire and a dream which she and her mother held on to. She is so inspiring to me and it shows that if we all “follow our heart” and go for our dreams, they will come true! Aloha :)

  3. Chuck Says:

    I had never heard of her before, but it was great watching that video about her. Charice has so much passion.
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  4. GigiNJones Says:

    Hi Kellie,
    I am so grateful that you were inspired to write this piece. This has to be one of my absolute favorite of your blog posts. I was touched by this amazing story and can recognize how important it is to always believe, to be grateful, and that no matter what the “outside” circumstances may be to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Dreams do come true!

    Love it!

  5. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Chuck,
    So very nice to see you here on our blog! Yes, Charice will be a Mega Star and I remember her when. I hope to see you again on our blog Chuck. Aloha :)

  6. Kellie Says:

    Great Gigi! I am so glad this post assisted you today! Charice is so amazing and she has a gift which is meant to be shared with the world! She did, as we all do, develop strong character as her journey has not been easy. She now deserves everything as she has given so much. Thank you for your comments! Aloha :)

  7. Lisa Arnold Says:

    Awesome post Kellie! I too have followed Charice since she first appeared on Oprah years ago. She is inspiration to us all and brings real meaning to the words: Dreams Do Come True!

    Thanks for sharing her incredible journey!!
    :) Lisa

  8. Denise Gray Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Oh Wow! that was amazing, I had never heard of Charice before and what a beautiful person she is with an incredible voice, and an incredible inspirational story proving that dreams do come true, and she believed enough to make them come true :) what an emotional story, had me in tears, and I can imagine anyone who watches will feel the same. Thank you Kellie for sharing this, I will now do the same. Charice deserves all the success and happiness that will come to her, what a shining star she is.

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  9. Shannon Tecson Says:

    Aloha Kellie!
    Thank you so much for the revisit to Charice! Since reading your post, I’ve revisited her on youtube and once again as always, inspired by such determination, persistence and unconditional love from her mom. I am always in tears when I watch Charice. When I see “the look” in her eyes, I believe she is inspired by something greater than all of us. This gives me great belief in the power of All That Is.
    Thank you…I will by her album on itunes :)

    With love and light,
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  10. Tinei Says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for posting Kellie! Her singing gave me goosebumps. And I really love how she never gave up even though people told her she neither good nor pretty enough. Very inspiring stuff 😀


    Thank you so much Kellie for sharing this amazing Story, not just the story and action of her throught, her feeling, the reason why, lot of things inspire me a lot, 7 years old little girl WOW,This has to be one of my best of your blog post.
    Ilove it and touch my heart.

  12. Chris Says:

    One of the most inspirational real life stories I know. This girl deserves everything she has today and more.

    Great write-up!

  13. Leslie Piela Says:

    WOW, how inspiring! Thank you for sharing this powerful story. I am still near tears…………

  14. Mawige Says:

    Thank you so much for the inspirational article. I have been following Charice since I first stumbled upon her while doing a search for Regine Velasquez early last year. Catching up on her history to that point and keeping up with her since has made it feel like years. A big thank you to WebScribes who compiled the “The O Road to the Top”.

  15. Nicole Rushin Says:

    Great post. I remember seeing Charise on Oprah. I found it very interesting that she use to draw pictures of herself singing with Celine Dione. She has power in her soul and has learned how to tap into that in an amazing way. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  16. camo Says:

    charice is an awesome singer and an even better person she is still humble despite the fame she choose to spend her 18 birthday with orphans instead of spending it glamourouslt it tells u what kind of person she is cuz she knows where she is coming from.rock on kid.THE BIBLE SAYS THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE EARTH UR ONE OF THEM.

  17. Val Wilcox Says:

    Thanks so much for this great story of never giving up! Today I very much needed to hear these kind of messages and the Universe has provided through you! What an empowering story about an amazing young woman.

    I appreciate you,
    Val 😉
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  18. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lisa,
    So great to see you here! Yes, Charice is such an inspiration for everyone to believe Dreams Do Come True! Thank you for your comments!
    Aloha :)

  19. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Denise,
    I am so happy to see you here again! I am so glad you got to see Charice, she’s going to be a Mega Star! It is such an emotional story and she deserves it all. Thank you for your comments. Aloha :)

  20. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Thank you for sharing Shannon! Yes, she is something isn’t she! Charice definitely has a gift and her voice brings all of us to tears. It just shows how her resonance moves all of us. Aloha :)

  21. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Tinei,
    So wonderful to see you here. Yes, her singing does give us goosebumps. Aloha :)

  22. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Sivoi,
    So nice to see you here on our blog! Charice is so inspiring just like you! I know you will be like Charice for your people Sivoi! We will be writing about you someday soon! Aloha :)

  23. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Val,
    Awe, I am so glad we assisted you today. We are all here to help each other, that’s why I love working as a TEAM because Together Everyone Achieves More is so much easier to me!
    Thank you for your comments today Val! We are always here for you.
    Aloha :)

  24. Bill Hartman Says:

    What an amazing story you have shared.
    1. Burning Desire (Goal)
    2. Documented Dream (Goal Written Down)

    5. Do your best everyday (Taking Action)

    You gotta love it!

    Thank You for sharing this!
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  25. Kimberly Castleberry Says:

    What an inspiring girl! So true about the attributes that make up all successful people. Rather than being mostly silver spoon babies, who are prone to feelings of obligations, many of the most wildly successful people are those who come from rough beginnings and use them as a spring board to rise beyond their peers. What a beautiful example of success from a humble beginning. (Not to mention an awesome voice!)
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  26. Melissa McCloud Says:

    Charise’s story is so inspiring… how can we not look at our privileged American lives and see how easy we have it!? I love how she drew pics of herself with Celine Dion etc… a true manifestation. Thanks for sharing this Kellie!
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  27. lesly Says:

    Wow.. I remember that Oprah show and Cherise’s story… seeing it again just brought back to me how important it is to focus, like a lazer beam, on your dreams… gread to read about her again and be reminded by your post .. :-)

  28. lesly Says:

    Wow.. I remember that Oprah show and Cherise’s story… seeing it again just brought back to me how important it is to focus, like a lazer beam, on your dreams… great to read about her again and be reminded by your post .. :-)

  29. Bill Cowan Says:

    Wow! What a great inspiration. Just an amazing story and timely for me today!
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  30. arlan murata Says:

    Hey Kellie: What a big heart for sharing this inspiring story and summarize the key point of what it takes to succeed. Thank you.
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  31. Kathy Jodrey Says:


    Thanks for this amazing video, and for sharing Charise with us. I had not heard of her and like you, are mesmerized by her performances. Just goes to show you that anything is possible regardless of where a person comes from or how bad their situation may be.

    Great post….keep up the awesome job!


  32. Teresa Ivory Says:

    What a great post, Kellie! You gave us such a wonderful summary for steps to success. And what a touching story of success. It inspires me to continue moving forward with my dreams and goals. Thanks!
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  33. Kellie Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) Chris! Glad you enjoyed our article. Aloha :)

  34. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Leslie,
    So nice to meet you here on our blog. Thank you for your comments. Hope to see you again. Aloha :)

  35. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Mawige,
    So nice to meet you here. Thank you for your comments. Yes, we are so fortunate to be able to witness Charice’s journey. Aloha :)

  36. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Nicole,
    So nice to meet you here on our blog! Yes, I found it fascinating that she had all of the elements of success, which led me to write the article on her. Thank you for your comments. Aloha 😉

  37. Kellie Says:

    Thank you for sharing Camo! I am so happy to hear about her 18th birthday and how she spent it. Thank you for your kind comments. Aloha :)

  38. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Bill! I am so happy you loved it. Aloha :)

  39. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Kimberly,
    So wonderful to see your smiling face here on our blog!! I am so happy you enjoyed our article. Yes, Charice is amazing isn’t she. Glad you loved it. Aloha :)

  40. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Melissa,
    Yes, it’s true isn’t it. When we see stories like these of other countries, we realize how good we have it in America. It gives us more appreciation and the determination that anyone can have their dreams come true! Thank you for your comments! Aloha :)

  41. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lesly,
    So wonderful to meet you on our blog! Ah, you saw it too huh? Pretty cool to have seen Charice from the beginning. Thank you for your comments. Aloha :)
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  42. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Bill,
    I am so glad you were inspired by our article today! Thank you for your comments and for visiting. Aloha :)

  43. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Arlan,
    Thank you for your comments! I am glad you got a lot out of it. Aloha :)

  44. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Kathy,
    So nice to see you here on our blog. I am so happy you enjoyed Charice and her story. She is so inspiring. Thank you for your comments. Aloha :)

  45. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Teresa,
    Thank you for your kind comments. So nice to see you here on our blog! Aloha :)

  46. Lani Kee Says:

    Aloha Kellie, awesome video clip on Charice’s Stardom and great content reflecting her story. Thanks for sharing! Lani

    PS…Stop by sometime and leave me a sweet note and/or Tweet. Mahalo :)
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  47. Beth Allen Says:

    Oh wow, oh wow! Kellie, how amazing! I remember seeing her on Oprah (actually I thought it was Ellen, but ?) ….. was BLOWN AWAY but then out of sight out of mind i guess. So when I started watching the first video, tears just poured down my face! What a beautiful story! Cherice is extra-ordinary. The purity of her voice moves me so deeply. Wow, wow, wow. What a story. Thank you so much for sharing this ~ and the great lessons you pulled from her story as well. Awesome.
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  48. Chris Bernardo Says:


    Thanks for sharing the Charice Story, I am Filipino and she has made waves and make our community proud and her story of determination, perseverance, and dedication is inspiring to anyone that wants to go after their dreams. Looking forward to reading more.
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  49. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Lani,
    Mahalo for your comments! So nice to meet you here on our blog! Hope to see you again soon. Aloha :)

  50. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Beth,
    I am so happy you enjoyed our article on Charice! I know what you mean, her voice just resonates and when you see how much success she has had, tears poured down my face too. It still does!
    Oh, and you were correct, Ellen brought her in first and she actually is responsible for being the first one to bring Charice to the US and on her show.
    Thank you for your comments Beth! I knew you would feel the same way I did! Aloha :)

  51. Kellie Says:

    Very cool Chris! Are you in Hawaii?
    I am sure Charice has become such an inspiration to all Filipinos and all young people to go for their dreams! Thank you for your comments and it’s very nice to see you here on our blog. Aloha :)

  52. Nelson Says:

    Kellie, what’s not to love about this Post. I so enjoy Celine and now you added Charice to my enjoyment. Everything leading up to her success are the things we are shown time and time again. They work (of course it helps to have talent if your a singer). Thanks again for posting these videos of an amazing talent.

  53. Julie Elliott Says:

    Kellie that gave my shivers. I remember seeing her on the Oprah show the first time. Truly an amazing young girl and such passion and drive in life. We should live and have that much passion and determination in all we do. Thank you sharing her story through your eyes. Beautiful Post I will be sharing this with everyone. Have a wonderful weekend
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  54. Julie Elliott Says:

    Kellie that gave my shivers. I remember seeing her on the Oprah show the first time. Truly an amazing young girl and such passion and drive in life. We should live and have that much passion and determination in all we do. Thank you sharing her story through your eyes. Beautiful Post I will be sharing this with everyone. Have a wonderful weekend.
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  55. Kevin M. Says:

    Great post! The point that resonated the most with me was: Burning Desire. This is critical for success. Without passion/desire you will not be able to continue on when things get tough.
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  56. Paul Klaszus Says:

    Wow.. beautiful story of the power of awareness, goals, and commitment!

    (but since when was the likes of Brittney Spears ranked with people who could sing?)
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  57. Krista Abbott Says:

    Wow. So inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing Charice’s story with us, and pointing out the success factors that contributed to it. I have seen these same success principles work time and time again in the lives of many individuals, including myself. Thoughts become things…if you can think it you can be it!
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  58. Kellie Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) Nelson! You are so kind! I am so happy you enjoyed our article. Aloha :)

  59. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Julie,
    Thank you for visiting and for your comments. Charice’s voice is so special, she always brings up emotions for me. I hope to see you here again. Aloha :)

  60. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Kevin,
    Very nice to meet you here on our blog! Yes, burning desire is so essential for success. Thank you for your comments. Aloha :)

  61. Kellie Says:

    Thank you for your comments Paul! I don’t know Paul, Brittney is way after my time. My all time favorite is Barbara Streisand!! Aloha :)

  62. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Krista,
    So wonderful to see you here on our blog again! Thank you so much for your comments! I am glad you were inspired by Charice’s story. She brings tears to my eyes every time! And yes, that’s the reason I had to write her story as we know, the same success principles!
    Much love & gratitude,
    Kellie :)

  63. John A. McGinn, Ed.D. Says:


    Great story! It just lends strength to Napoleon Hill’s idea of “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!”

    Thanks for the great reminder.


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  64. Kellie Says:

    Aloha John,
    So nice to see you on our blog! Thank you so much for your comments!
    Aloha :)

  65. Ken Pickard Says:


    What an amazing gift you gave this community. The gift of perseverance, determination, ability to reach your goals and dreams. Just like Charice I know you have big goals and dreams to spread your message to the world. I’m grateful to be a part of your journey.

    Ken Pickard
    The Network Dad
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  66. Alaina Frederick Says:

    Wow – what a beautiful voice and story! I’ve seen the Chipmunk movies with my kids and never knew who she was – makes me want to go hit up YouTube for some videos now!

    I love the tips too – especially be grateful. How often do we just let things slip through our fingers and inflate our heads.
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  67. Venus :) Says:


    I truly enjoy this beauty;s story.
    Thank you fro sharing the inspiration that shows how powerful everyone of us is and it is only up to us to unleash our creativity and be who we are – all powerful.

    Thanks for the inspiring entertainment,
    Venus :)
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  68. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Ken,

    Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, we all have huge visions and missions in life to carry out. It’s an exciting time to be alive and we have all come together for a reason. Much aloha :)

  69. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Alaina,

    So wonderful to meet you here on our blog! I’ve never seen the Chipmunk movie myself. Thank you for your comments and I hope to see you again soon. Aloha :)

  70. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Venus,
    Thank you for you comments on Charice’s story. Yes, we are all creative and all powerful. Aloha :)

  71. Debra Agoo Says:

    Thank you Kellie for sharing this again…I never tire of listening to her voice and watching her childlike innocence…those soulful eyes that have experienced more pain than children should have to bear. No matter how far she has come, she hasn’t lost that humility and gratitude and has never forgotten where she came from. The love she carries for the mother who sacrificed for her and her brother which culminated in the purchase of their home is so inspiring…She is truly an example of someone who didn’t let her circumstances and past hold her back. Talk about someone who is not letting the music die in her…she is a gem, talaga. Her beauty truly comes from within and her smile just lights up the room.

  72. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Good to see you Debra! Am so glad you enjoyed our post. Aloha :)

  73. andre segovia Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Charice. I was teary-eyed when i first saw her in Ellen, and i could not explain why to myself. And when I learned of her poignant life story, I thought that might be the reason. It’s a wonder, it’s wonderful, that her effect is almost universal.

  74. jackie@inspirational life stories Says:

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for a great job you have done. This is indeed very nicely done.

  75. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Andre,
    We are so glad you enjoyed our post on Charice. She is such an inspiration to all. I too, got very teary-eyed when I saw her. I knew her life was going to change forever! Aloha :)

  76. Kellie Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) Jackie,
    Thanks for visiting our blog today! Aloha :)

  77. Scott Inoue Says:

    Aloha Kellie!
    Fantastic post! Charice’s story was the perfect choice to illustrate the 7 traits of success! Well done my friend!

  78. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Mahalo Scott!

    Thank you for your kind comments! You are such a great friend and I so appreciate when you visit my blog!

    Much love & aloha :)
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