In 2015, Volodymyr Zelenskyy starred in Servant of the People, a political satire comedy TV series in which he portrayed the president of Ukraine. Fast-forward to today, the former comedian, actor, and Dancing with the Stars performer is now the actual Ukraine president leading the country through the Russian invasion.

Global leaders like Volodymyr Zelenskyy are prime examples of 10X thinking, actions, and success. His leadership journey has been incredible from day one, and his story is one you need to know.

Widely appreciated as a ‘true leader’ and ‘wartime hero’, president Zelenskyy is relentless in his pursuit of defending, rallying, and uplifting Ukrainians in the current crisis.

For example, Saturday, February 26, he tweeted a video from outside a Kyiv government building, stating:

“So, I am here. We lay down no weapons, and we will protect our state. Because our weapon is the truth. And the truth is that this is our country, our land, our children, whom we will protect.”

— President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via Twitter @ZelenskyyUa

But only a few years prior to leading the Russian invasion resistance, Zelenskyy was just as beloved as an entertainer.

And not just any entertainer, but one that embodied success as his duty every step of the way.

The story of Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy

So, firstly, Volodymyr Zelenskyy began his comedy career at 17 years old. He was a united Ukrainian team member on KVN, a comedy competition which the country’s team won in 1997.

Later on that year, he founded Kvartal 95. For years, the group toured, produced TV shows, and enjoyed massive success in the entertainment industry.

All through the late 2000s and 2010s, Zelenskyy developed a prolific career as a movie actor, producer, director, and screenwriter.

He dominated the screen in comedies like:

  • Love in the Big City (1, 2, and 3)
  • Office Romance. Our Time
  • Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon
  • Paddington (1 and 2, voice actor: Paddington Bear)

But in 2015 he played a prophetic role that would leave a mark on his entire career — and Ukraine’s history.

From fiction to reality: Zelenskyy’s presidency

Servant of the People was a hit comedy TV series that Zelenskyy created, starred in, and produced. In the political satire, he played the role of Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko — a young history teacher at a high school.

After a video of Zelenskyy’s character spewing an anti-corruption rant goes viral online, he suddenly becomes the president of Ukraine.

But the show’s anti-corruption theme premise would go far beyond the silver screen.

In 2018, Servant of the People became an officially registered political party in Ukraine. Now that’s 10X action at its finest.

After that, a year later, Volodymyr Zelenskyy won Ukraine’s presidential election in real life. More than 70% of voters in the second round chose him, according to the Central Election Commission.

Exemplary leadership

All in all, Zelenskyy has been admired as a leader in all areas, from the entertainment industry to politics.

Now, as he fearlessly resists the Russian invasion and fights for the people of Ukraine, Zelenskyy is receiving international acclaim more than ever.

And leaders from around the world — regardless of industry — have a lot to learn from his mindset, actions, and resilience.

H/T: VICE World News

Featured image source:, Official Website of the President of Ukraine

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