Inspiration comes in many forms. For some, like myself, it comes through music – my creativity and mood often gets a jolt when I hear such tunes as Kings of Leon’s Kings of the Rodeo or Jill Scott’s Hate on Me. Some folks can get inspired from a city, like New York – Woody Allen and Robert Deniro have cited the streets of Manhattan as their muse. Others get inspired from underdogs like Susan Boyle in her quest for becoming the winner of Britain’s Got Talent. In fact, the savvy Mary McKnight from Sacrilicious Marketing (AKA @REBlogGirl on Twitter) recently wrote up a nice post on the Susan Boyle Effect and the untold story of the underdog.
This brings me to the assertion that Rocky Balboa is one of the most inspiring characters in film history. Not only because his personality is made of grit and determination, but also because he’s an extremely likable guy on SO MANY LEVELS:
Rocky is someone that just about everyone can identify with
his moxie is something that is TRULY inspirational
the way Sylvester Stallone commits to the character is completely genuine and authentic
Theses incredible attributes are played out so well in a scene from the latest (and last) film in the Rocky series where Rocky has a heart-to-heart with his son, Rocky Jr.
What moves me most in this scene (truly) is when Rocky tells his son:
“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 ya hit.
It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward.
How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
THAT is why Rocky is a champion. THAT is what can shake people out of a funk. Yes, Rocky is a fictional character; but that does not make him any less inspirational. The story of Rocky moves us because, time and time again, he took the hits, dug in deep and kept moving forward.
Now, let’s think about today: we’re in the midst of a recession; unemployment is up; and twelve major brands have been predicted to go under by the end of the year. How will YOU keep moving forward after ‘getting hit’ these days? What will YOU do the rest of this week to inspire others?