4 Things I’ve Learned From Rocky

BeAwesome: #332 4 Things I’ve Learned From Rocky

MrT&TheRock

MrT&TheRock

Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.

I am not a huge fan of movies. I try to catch a flick if the buzz is worthy. I try to look in on what the public is saying about a film. I also try to think for my overall interest and self when deciding what to watch or pay for. Ideally, I could care less about movies. But I do appreciate a good film that is well produced and directed.

Recently I’ve taken a time capsule into the 80’s-90’s, and found some of my all time favorite fighting movies. Now don’t get me wrong, I am far from a violent person, but do enjoy a good action film once in a while. I have to tell you the 80’s-90s are full of great films and actors.

Without any debate, I decided to watch Rocky II, which turned into Rocky III, which turned into Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone). I was easily interested at the very beginning of Rocky II. The theme music and words of inspiration automatically hit my eyes and ears at first glance. I forgot about the hidden messages about love, heart ache and pain, the inspiration in following your dreams, working hard and being motivated. I forgot about a great film and production.

As I watched Rocky II, I started to think about the conversations he (Rocky) would have with the other co-stars during the film: Apollo Creed (Friend/Champion), Adrian (Girlfriend) & Mickey Goldmill (Trainer). These were individuals Rocky would always talk to/or about. If you really take in on the conversations and feelings that were played out during the film, you could start to think of the lessons to be learned from watching the film. I took in 3 Rocky films and this is what I learned from each relationship:

Creed&Rock

Creed&Rock

Rocky & Apollo Creed:

Rocky III: Nobody owes nobody nothin’. You owe yourself.

Besides from being the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and given nicknames such as, The King of Sting, The Master of Disaster, The Prince of Punch, Mr. Creed played a vital role in Rocky’s success as a character (physically & mentally). If you watched the early years of Rocky, you know the underlining of these two characters. In short: Apollo beats Rocky in a spilt decision in Rocky I, and in Rocky II, Rocky win’s in knockout fashion. Through the two films (Particularly Rocky II) you start to see a sense of respect from each fighter. The hard work and dedication between two professional athletes show as they embrace in a fight that means so much more than a belt or a status.

Apollo retired from boxing after the fight, and credited Rocky for his work ethic and hard-fought battles. Balboa and Creed instantly became friends, and Creed decided to help Rocky win in Rocky III.

Friendships should never be taken for granted. You may fight with each other. You may knock each other down. You may even make each other bleed and feel really bad about one another, but even if these things happen, you must understand that friendships are built and created through fight and struggle. Friends hold together because of these experiences. Never lose a friend because of a silly fight. Always remember that the person, the human, the individual is more important.

Mickey&Rock

Mickey&Rock

Rocky & Mickey Goldmill

Rocky IV: Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.

Mickey managed a gym. Rocky was a regular face in his open space at the time at a local boxing club. From the very beginning, when know one thought Rocky would be anything, Mickey knew all along. He eventually, approached Rocky about being his manager. From day one, Mickey was Rocky’s number one supporter. Motivating him when he never thought he could do something. Pushing him to levels everyone else in the world thought he would never reach.

In Rocky III, Mickey becomes ill from a fall. Rocky loses a fight, and loses his mentor and father figure in Mickey. Later Rocky defeats his former opponent in respects to Mickey’s death.

The importance of having a mentor or someone who can guide/help you through life is important. You may think you are super (man or woman) but you are not. Even those with who have the greatest talent need guidance and help with their craft or journey. The art of listening to others and allowing others to speak is becoming non-existent. We think we can do it all by ourselves. Listening to others and taking criticism is a part of life. It is how we learn and become better people.  Having a mentor or someone you can talk to does not make you less of a person. It simply means you are open-minded and able to listen and apply suggestions from others.

Adrian&Rock

Adrian&Rock

Rocky & Adrian

Rocky IV: I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.

Adrian was a close friend of Rocky who simply worked at a pet shop. In Rocky II, Adrian and Rocky would tie the knot and marry. They had a son name Rocky Jr. Over the course of their relationship, they manage to overcome struggles together; Adrian’s pregnancy, Rocky’s fights and lavish life and many other decisions made together between the two.

In Rocky IV, Adrian became a source of stability for Rocky though she never enjoyed the act of fighting. She continued to support and encourage him to do well during each and every fight.

A relationship can mean a lot to an individual. It does not have to be intimate to be a successful relationship. Throughout life we need individuals to keep us grounded. Individuals who will tell us the things our friends and family are scared to say. Everyone needs a boy they can talk to. Everyone needs a girl they can speak with. Relationships are what you make them into. You have the power to make all relationships successful. Having people you can sincerely trust and rely on is important. It gives the person a sense of comfort when speaking or exploring ideas. A good friend is something everyone needs. If you want one, you should start by being one.

Rocky is about facing your fears and pushing yourself to the limit. Creating long-lasting relationships and understanding what it takes to be successful.

Inspiration from the #Rock:

-BeAwesome

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How to be a #SuperHuman

How to be a #SuperHuman

#IMASUPERHUMAN

#IMASUPERHUMAN

Will Smith. Oprah Winfrey. Warren Buffet. Michael Jordan. Donald Trump. Usain Bolt. Muhammad Ali. Jane Addams. Albert Einstein. Elvis Presley. Anne Frank. Henry Ford. Mohandas Ghandi. Hellen Keller. Ellen DeGeneres. William Shakespeare. Leonardo Da Vinci. Neil Armstrong. Christopher Columbus. Abraham Lincoln. George Washington. Mozart. Bill Gats. Martin Luther King. Napoleon. John F. Kennedy. Benjamin Franklin. Bill Clinton. Pablo Piccaso. Michael Jackson. Thomas Jefferson. Mother Teresa. Aristotle. Princess Diana. Walt Disney. Beethoven. Mark Twain. Tom Cruise. Charles Dickens. Harrison Ford. Clint Eastwood.  Bob Dylan. Ray Charles. Jim Carry. Jack Nicholson. Dr. Seuss. Bill Cosby. Justin Timberlake. Denzel Washington. Eddie Murphy. Charlie Brown. Spider Man. Hillary Clinton. Michael J. Fox. Robin Williams. Andy Griffin. Miles Davis. Ken Griffey Jr. Kobe Bryant. Beyonce. Kanye West. Steve Martin. Tom Brady. Keith Richards. Tyra Banks. Hank Aaron. Yogi Berra. Neil Diamod. Jesse Jackson. Terry Fox. Chuck Yeager. Dan Rather. Mae West. Terry Bradshaw. Gloria Gingrich. Jennifer Lopez. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Tom Cruise. Steven Spielberg. Tyler Perry. Simon Cowell. Elton John. Lebron James. Angelina Jolie. Tiger Woods. Wayne Gretzky. Taylor Swift. Brad Pitt . Dr. Dre. Bon Jovi. Adele. Glenn Beck. Jennifer Aniston. Paul Mac Cartney. Peyton Manning. Sean Carter. Michael Bay. Many Pacquiao. Roger Federer. David Beckham. Eva Longoria. Adriana Lima. David Letterman. Kate Moss. Lionel Messi. Floyd Mayweather. J.K Rowling. Serena Williams. Sofia Vergara. Barack Obama. Warren Buffett. Mark Zuckerberg. Jack Dorsey. Satoshi Tajiri. Trip Hawkins. William Wrigley Jr.

When I think about the list above (2 name a few), I think about 4 things: Heart, Motive, Fire, Choice. What is it that separates the regular human being from these super humans? I’ve read a number of blogs, books and articles about why people do what they do. What motivates successful people? What allows others to rise above the norm and overcome obstacles many give up on? Where do they find a second gear?  How are these people so successful?

When people see the success of others, they often forget about the hardships they’ve faced before their fortune and fame. Before the makeovers and money. Being poor on the streets of New York, living in abandon buildings, living pay-check to pay-check, teen pregnancy, gang violence, peer pressure, bullying, rape, child abuse, obesity, name calling, disease, put-downs, head-aches, cancer, lost loved ones, a broken heart. Someone in the above list has overcome one, two or possibly three of these obstacles. What they do for a living now is what we see in the paper. What we see on the movie screen, on packages and clothing. The way these individuals reached their full potential is lost. The steps they went through is an after thought.

People forget that these super humans started from the ground up. They took a long look at obstacles and mountains and found ways to overcome and climb over them. They were not given empires of riches or a big house and a picket fence. Society was never threatened to like these individuals. They did something that the world has never seen before. They had motive to drive their determination. They used hardship and struggle to light their fire. They created a heart of hope and destiny. They left the world with no choice.

What you need to be a SUPERHUMAN:

MOTIVE:

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ThisIsAStart

One thing almost all successful people have is motive. Motive is the striving force behind your inspiration to be successful. This is the key that starts the engine. When you have motive (meaning) behind what you do, your job turns into passion. When you are living a passion, you do not work a day in your life. Motive is finding an experience that is negative or positive, and using it to benefit you in the future.

You can’t just wake up and decide that something is going to be my motive today. You can’t just steal a motive from a friend or pick up a motive from the super market. A motive is something that has been created through some type of experience (positive or negative) Maybe you want to prove a teacher or friend wrong about their idea of you being a doctor or a lawyer. Maybe you want to challenge a coach’s perspective on your chances of making it to the pros and being a superstar. What ever it is, you have to find it and grab a hold of it. Think deeply about what was said (not who said it) and use it to motivate you to be successful.

FIRE:

KeepTheBurnGoing

KeepTheBurnGoing

A lot of people have motives and reasons to do things. They make resolutions and promises to get things going (Get started). The beginning is always the easy part. You have a clear picture of what you want and how you are going to get there. Your confidence is at an all-time high and you feel good. The first few days are usually okay. The fire is fully lit. The next week. Sometimes the next month. The same thing. But after a while that fire is tampered with. Outside influences are trying to put your fire out. What do you do? What would a super-human do?

Outside influences and obstacles that tamper with your success only fuel the fire. You need to take that energy and that struggle and use it to continue to push towards what your ultimate goal is. Super-humans never allow outside influences to affect what they see as the big picture or final project. They continue to use everything in life to motivate (motive) them to keep going. That fire they have, sure it gets tampered with, but it continues to burn. And it burns until a task or goal is complete.

CHOICE:

PickAWord

PickAWord

When you do something and you leave society with no choice but to pay attention to what you are doing, you are testing your will and power of achievement to be successful. Life is about choices. You can decide to quit. Give up. Or change your mind at anytime, but when you make up your mind to stick with a cause or a goal, that is when you will be successful. You will never get anything done, or finish it to the best of your ability if you allow others to influence it. When you decide to give society zero choice that is when people start to no you are serious. It takes time to figure out what you are good at. Maybe it is more than one or two things. But consistency and commitment to a choice is what people notice the most. Super-humans leave societies with no choice but to pay attention.

HEART: You have to have it inside you to make it happen (Plain and simple) Sure you must leave society with no choice, keep the fire burning, and find something that keeps you motivated (motive), but it all really comes down to one thing. That one thing is heart. If you can’t find it inside you to do what you love, or try to make a better living for yourself, you are not going to be able to follow through on plans you have for your future. You have to look inside yourself (internally) and believe what you see or write down can come true. You need to tell your self you can do it. Superhumans have it inside them. They breathe and sleep success. Why can’t you?

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #305 Single

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I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear- Oprah Winfrey 

EmbraceAloneTime

EmbraceAloneTime

THEQUESTION

Recently I was asked ->how does it feel to be single.  And now that I think about it, if this was not coming from the person that ask me, I would have maybe thought it was a crack at my personal life (Not like it matters me). But I replied, like always. It is great. This is usually followed by. A what’s so great about it. I did not get into detail. But like always. I started to think. We must all take a single approach to life before it gets going. Isn’t that how we figure ourselves out. Number one love your self. No one should love you more than you love yourself. Take the time out to look in the mirror and be thankful for what you see. Number two. Spend some time with your self. Buy an ice cream. People watch. Buy a nice shirt. If you deserve it. Number three. Never live in fear of rejection. Or failure. Walk. Run or Sprint through life with a smile. And an endless confidence. Eat alone once in a while. Go see a movie. Dance. Sing out loud. Yes. Sure, relationships are fun (well some of them). Marriage is great (again, some of them). But take part in a single activity once in a while. Get away. Embrace being alone. And be single. (PS: I am not anti-relationships/I Promise..ahah)

SINGLE

Only one. Not one of several. A single red rose. A single lollipop. An individual person or thing rather than part of. Or pair or a group. Only. Lone. Solitary. Separate. Sole. Single does not have to be next to a relationship status. It does not have to be recognized as a social acceptance. Or a specific group. Single is yet a word that allows one to get away. Walk alone and think. Adjust. And apply meaning to life. We often forget the importance of reflection. Self-reward. And self-meaning. Remembering. Take a moment out of your day. And be single. It is okay. The world will not stop. I promise.

SingleFirst

SingleFirst

 

BEAWESOME

Those who are awesome are single (Not literally) 😉