There’s a scene in the 2006 remake, Rocky Balboa, where Rocky’s son Robert addresses his selfish concern about the negative consequences and perpetual shame that would result from his father’s glorified sparring session with fictional title holder, Mason Dixon. Say what you want about the movie, but this scene continues to permeate my thoughts seven years later.
(1:38) 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 there permanently 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’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you 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! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
It’s no secret that my personal fight has been a tough one. This blog shares the adversity, vulnerability, disappointment and the in-between. Many of those hits dropped me to the canvas, and every one required a response; I could either give up or get up and keep moving forward. I chose to keep moving forward.
No matter what happens, you’ve got to keep moving forward.
“It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. But you’ve got to be willing to take the hits.”