If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I find a great deal of motivation and inspiration from the Rocky franchise, so I thought it might be fun to list the lessons I learned from the different lessons I've learned over the years from watching and re-watching all of the movies.

 

1) Define success.

In the original film, Rocky turns to Adrienne at a night or two before the big fight with Apollo Creed and said:

"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. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."

After the fight was over, most people would have said that he failed, having lost the fight, but making it to the final bell was his goal.  He defined his success, and by doing so, he did something no other fighter had accomplished.

 

2) Perseverance is the key to success.

He won fights, not by being a great fighter, but by outlasting the other fighter.

 

3) Don't get distracted.

In Rocky III, he lost to Clubber Lang because of too many distractions.  His training was not great because the press and fans were hanging around (against his coach's better judgment) and during the fight, he was even further distracted by Mickey's medical issue.

 

4) The basics are the basics.

In Rocky IV, although his opponent had access to more advanced training modalities, Rocky persevered with "old school" training.  You can work on the more advanced things, but the fundamentals are the most important part.

All-in-all, the Rocky movies are inspirational, but if you learn the lessons, you can actually achieve a lot in life.  Just think, all of that from a sluggish boxer!