Why the Rocky Films Made A Difference
Things Which Rocky Likes
Always good natured always affable was there anyone or anything that Rocky truly despised? Probably, but for now, let's remember the list of things which made him smile.
- His Bull Mastif, Butkus
- His turtles; Cuff and Link.
- All children starting with his son, Robert.
- His neighbourhood priest, the charismatic, non-English speaking, Father Carmine.
- His old trainer, Mickey who dies towards the end of Rocky Two leaving Rocky distraught.
- His motorbike, a Harley Davidson of course!
- Trilby hats.
- Falling in love with Adrian.
- Marrying Adrian.
Dealing With Paulie and Remembering His Roots
Win after win Rocky remained humble and never forgot where he came from.
He saw nothing wrong with moving back to the old neighbourhood when he lost it all and he coped especially well with his curmudgeonly brother-in-law, Paulie, who was never satisfied.....
"Now you're a big-shot fighter on your way up, you don't even throw a crumb to your friend Paulie! When I go out and get your meat every morning! You forgot that! Then I even give you my sister, too!"
Rocky refused to give up, no matter how hard the road ahead. His steely determination came from a strong desire to eliminate regrets.
But that doesn't mean that he was always full of confidence. Far from it.
"Who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league...It don't matter, 'cause I was nobody before...I was nobody. That don't matter either, ya know...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."
A Man and His Dog
Don't Try This At Home
Rocky didn't like being hit (who does?), but he trained his body to take the punches.
He endured hours and hours of training because that was what was necessary to win.
Was it the glory of being world champ that drove him on? Was it being able to provide for Adrian or being a role model for his son?
Was it simply that he'd found his talent and purpose in life and there was nothing else he could do?
Was it a continual striving for something greater that made Rocky step into the ring to face ever more deadly, more skilled, more hungry opponents?
When the difference between returning to the meat packing factory and threatening to break knuckles was only a fight away Rocky knew what he had to do and with single minded focus, he did it.
"You gotta be a moron... you gotta be a moron to wanna be a fighter."
Rocky Moved Me Because
He wasn't anybody special. He didn't even begin to get good-looking until about Rocky IV.
He was just a man off the street living in a dump and thinking about a better way. He knew that he didn't have class or breeding or brains and couldn't really improve in those areas, but still he was willing to go after what he wanted.
For example, the girl from around the way, Adrian, who he initially wooed with humour;
"I think we make a real sharp couple of coconuts - I'm dumb, you're shy, whaddaya think, huh?" Rocky (1976)
Did Rocky dare to dream? Most likely not, but maybe on occasion thoughts of a better life would arise before being dismissed as an unlikely fantasy.
Rocky didn't mumble, groan or complain about what was missing from his life. He simply used the skills he possessed, started from where he was and, combined with his love for Adrian, used these things to fuel his success.
"If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change."
More Rocky Quotes
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done"
"[visiting his old house as he thinks about Adrian] ... I remember when she was standing there all nervous and shy with that small smile... And all I wanted her to do was trust me... And she did... She did..."
“Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
"It doesn't matter how this looks to other people. If this is something that you got to do, then you do it."
“You get through that and you find the only kind of respect that matters in this world - self respect.”
Victory Comes to Those Who Persevere
Famous Last Words
Rocky himself sums it up best with advice that can apply to anything in life which requires persistence, endurance and a desire to reach the end goal;
"No, maybe I can't win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me, he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he's gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he's gotta be willing to die himself and I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know, I don't know.
You may not have to die for what you want, but how far are you willing to go in order to get it?
How ready are you to claim what could be yours? Let the Rocky films inspire you like they did me.