CM Punk was a wrestler in the WWE for quite some time. He had a small mainstream fan base but a large internet following. He was appreciated by those who loved wrestling, but not people who just wanted to make money. He was good at what he did in every aspect of the business but never utilized to his maximum potential because he didn't have the "it factor." When his contract was about to expire, he was given the opportunity to extend his contract and put up with not being appreciated for what he did. Instead, he took a mic and used the most dangerous weapon he had, his words.
On live television, CM Punk aired his grievances, spoke his mind, told the truth, and dropped a pipe bomb. Everyone was shocked by his words but no one was surprised by it because he said what everyone was thinking. The only difference between him and the rest of the wrestlers was that he had the guts to do it. His popularity grew over night and became the top guy in the wrestling business.
Punk worked hard and received no recognition. I began to do the same the next year with a different attitude inspired by CM Punk. I began to get recognized by teachers I subbed for. When the time came to prove myself, the hard work paid off in the end.
What I learned from CM Punk was a life lesson. Most people will watch his journey to the top as entertainment. For me, I like to find inspiration from unusual places. Your attitude and confidence is very important. I hope helps inspire those in the situation I was in not too long ago.