I relate quite strongly to Rocky Balboa. The personification of an underdog. A no skill, no talent bum from the wrong side of the tracks who became a winner through sheer determination and drive. He went the distance then went back to the streets. Just a man and his will to survive.
For the most part, watching Rocky films and listening to the soundtrack inspires you to run, lift weights or hit something (or someone) really hard. But more than that, it makes you feel like you can achieve anything. We love underdogs. We root for them whenever we can because we want to believe it is possible for the little guy, the guy who doesn’t achieve the success he perhaps deserves. Here are his 10 life lessons that can teach us :
Lesson 1 : You gotta be willing to take the hits. Sometimes in life, you will fail. People will always criticise, complain, push a finger in your face and tell you that you’re no good. To be a success you have to brush it off and keep being you. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can or cannot achieve. Your only limitations are the ones you impose on yourself.
"You knocked him down, why don't you try knockin me down now..."-Rocky
Lesson 2 : Don’t blame him or her or ANYBODY! Blaming others for your misfortune is a quitters game. Take control of your own destiny, dominate the universe and take what you want from life. Don’t give excuses, give results. The only person who can keep you from achieving your hopes and dreams is you.
“But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!”
Lesson 3 : Keep moving forward. It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. In life, as in boxing, whatever awesome and superhuman things you achieve, you will always take hits. You have to be willing to keep moving forward despite the hits. That’s how winning is done.
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done.”
Lesson 4 : Know what you’re worth. If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. Stop underestimating yourself. The fact you’re even thinking about doing something better with your life puts you ahead of the curve. If you have the belief that you’re worth $200 an hour and can prove it with hard work, then go out and get what you’re worth.
“Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth.”
Lesson 5 : The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. The sooner you realize that some days the world can, and will, beat you to your knees, the sooner you will learn to let things go, accept what is and continue on your path to enlightenment (or to cake, depending on your goals).
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”
Lesson 6 : Don't over-indulge To have a fulfilling day, you must do a little of everything. Set a time limit for each activity and stick to that limit no matter what. Otherwise you will end up over-indulging into one aspect of your life, whilst missing out on the others. Slow going will get you to the destination faster.
“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”
Lesson 7 : Visualize yourself doing, not achieving People who visualize themselves taking the practical steps needed to achieve their goals are far more likely to succeed than those who simply fantasize about their dreams becoming a reality. Rocky visualized himself as others see him, so he was about 20 percent more successful than those adopting a first-person view.
No, maybe I can't win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me, he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he's gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he's gotta be willing to die himself and I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know, I don't know.
Lesson 8 : Motivation Successful people are not those who are easily motivated, but those who can sustain their motivation on the same subject for longer periods of time.
Lesson 9 : It's Good To Be Different What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. Most of our regrets are not about the things we did, but the things we didn't do. Once we start doing, it’s good to be different. Being the same as everyone else is not always a good thing, so when you can and when you feel the desire, don't be afraid to be a little different.
If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.
Lesson 10 : Believe in yourself. Until you start believing in yourself, you simply won’t succeed in whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. If you go into things half assed, ready to fail and ready to blame someone else, then you’ve already convinced yourself that you can’t do it. The most successful people just had a unbreakable self belief system that drove them to success. Start believing in yourself and you’ll see results!
It really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance.
Time to get the eye of the tiger, kid! Rocky is a piece of iron. He got hit. Hard. Sometimes he went down. But in the end, he always got up and pushed forward. He kept moving towards his target with resilience and tenacity. He was cut, bruised and broken, yet still he persevered. Will you approach life in the same way?
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