As you may notice from reading this blog, movies are a hobby of mine. I find it particularly a particular boon to find one that has the elements of the American Dream, the first and last Rocky films are among these.
In Rocky we meet Rocky Balboa for the first time, street muscle for hire. In his spare time he boxes. One day the current heavy weight champion of the world decides to box Balboa in an exhibition match. This is Rocky’s chance to become more than a bum, to make something of himself, he might not win but he’s determined to go the distance.
In Rocky Balboa, Rocky’s gotten old. His son’s grown up, he owns a small Italian restaurant, and his life is pretty boring. After watching a computer generated fight between him and the new heavy weight champion, he starts to think about boxing again. His son, Robert, disagrees, but not entirely for his father’s sake. Robert says that he’s been living in his father’s shadow. Rocky has a couple of things to say about it.
This week I’ve been focusing on the quality of endurance, and that’s the overarching point to this speech. Endurance is “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!”
Opportunity is among the greatest aspects of the American Dream, it’s what drove people to this country. But when they got here they didn’t sit around at home waiting to get a knock on the door for a job, they had to work for it. Rocky says it all, “Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody!” Personal responsibility is quality that many people seem to forget today, but it’s still just as relevant now as it was when our ancestors came to this country.
Endurance is what separates survival from extinction. Grit your teeth, and take life’s hits, determined to move forward no matter what happens.