Rocky Knows

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Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you to your knees and keep you permanently there if you let it”
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about 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”
“Now if you know what you are worth, go out and get what you are worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers, saying you ain’t where you want to be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain’t you. You’re better than that

–Rocky Balboa

Rocky is everyone’s favorite movie to poke fun at, but the movies really do have a great message, an American message, never quit. Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best in one of his last speeches, spoke before a graduating class. “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Rocky offers us a more contemporary presentation but it is still the same message and one worth learning. It pains me to increasingly see people shy away from this ideal, to turn their backs on their convictions of honor and good sense. Most people have become subjects of fear, for often fear is the enemy we face. The best explanation I ever heard for courage was from John Wayne, he said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

Of all the combat veteran’s and violence survivors I have known and interviewed this sentiment shines through. Never give up. These are lessons our politically correct world is quickly erasing, they are becoming the things of fiction reserved for the movies and hopefully the military. The mantra our children are being sung is “Never go it alone. Never get involved. Never ever tell anyone they are wrong. Call for help that is someone else’s job. Never use force. Yield for fighting doesn’t accomplish anything.” I hope that our youth listen to the words of Rocky Balboa because I am sure they don’t know who Winston Churchill is or why he spoke those words. If you are a parent, don’t just speak the words, live them. Life is hard and as long as we go with the flow the tide grows stronger and makes life harder.

We would also urge people to buy the book: Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope, And Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps as it is filled with great stories of real people fulfilling their dreams by following in Rocky Balboa’s footsteps.

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