The hero’s tale is one repeated often enough in stories and movies. However, involving characters that we can relate to and who represent us in their world, the format never gets old. At the heart of it is a person who is struggling at seemingly impossible odds, working towards the fulfillment of their dream. Told through the classic American movie Rocky, the protagonist played by Sylvester Stallone mirrored not only the journey of the character, but his own life as well. One of the most important things about his experience is how you should never give up on your dream, even when it seems completely impossible.
In An Unfriendly World, You Are Your Own Best Friend
The world of acting, like boxing, is incredibly competitive. So, imagine you are a nobody who has a dream and nothing else. What happens? Well, as it turned out in Sylvester Stallone’s life, this was the case. With a partially paralyzed face, Sylvester Stallone was mocked and turned away constantly. Regardless, he still had a dream to make it as an actor.
In any hero’s journey, there is the lowest point. For Sylvester Stallone, it was having to sleep in a bus terminal for 3 weeks. For the character Rocky that he played, the lowest point is made beautifully real in cinematography. For each and every one of us, low points happen. They drag us down, they kick us when we are down, and we are left to put the pieces back together. As Sylvester Stallone showed, not only could he rebuild his life but he could also become successful as well. What helped him survive even when the world was against him. It all came down to having a dream.
And yet, for Sylvester Stallone, it was more than just a dream. Just like in Rocky, what ended up making his career a success story was determination. Instead of feeling bad for him or feeling like he was robbed due to a partially paralyzed face, Sylvester Stallone continued, determined to make it.
When life presented him with no options, Sylvester Stallone made a decision. Instead of waiting for a role that he would be good in, Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for Rocky and pitched it himself! That’s right, with no chance, this person created a reason for him being in the movie and worked to make his dream as the star real. From there, he would go on to become the star that we all know and love, making a reality for his dream and using his determination to get there.
Below is a video that I want you to watch. It's from the 6th installment, “Rocky Balboa”. This video sums up what it takes to become successful even when challenges come your way.
Determination Is Key
Just as with Sylvester Stallone’s personal life and his character, it all came down to determination. When it comes to your own road blocks, remember this. No one on this planet has to live with you other than yourself. Only you feel your failure, your desire for more, your understanding in your ability, and your personal worth. You are your biggest advocate, friend, and supporter. Determination is key if you want to make it at your dream.
Every person experiences self doubt, fear, and anxiety. This is especially common for those like you who want more from your life, which struggle with understanding that there can be something greater. Fear is a powerful learning tool, but it can also keep you paralyzed. Remember Rocky. Remember what happened when he was up against impossible odds. Remember the determination that it took Sylvester Stallone to pick himself out of that bus stop, sell a script, and get his dog back. You never have anything more to lose then yourself. Your fear is only holding you back. Putting it aside and taking a chance is the best way to succeed, even if it takes a few tries.
Making It Yourself
What this all comes down to is a simple question. Have you ever had a dream? Have you ever been gripped by a passion or a desire that took you off your feet and gave meaning to your life? What separates you from it now? Do you think you are too broke, too tiny, or too small in your ideas or means to accomplish it? What separates those who succeed from those who don’t is far less then you may expect. Consider the example of Sylvester Stallone and know that his success is self made. He isn’t a super human (despite what his movies might make you think). Rather, he is just like you.
The world is hard, challenging, and is not set up to hold your hand as you live your life. Seizing your dreams and goals is just that. It requires reaching out and making the connections you. If you are hoping for something to happen or feel like you deserve something, then you will never get it. Feeling like you have been robbed of glory will never bring that glory to you. Instead, you have to step out the door and enter the world for yourself. Nothing will happen otherwise.
Let me turn it over to you!
Are you worth it? If you believe in yourself, and you know that your dreams are worthwhile, then the answer is yes. You are worth it, but no one will fight for you except for you. If you have a dream, then never let them crush it. Every day will bring challenges that will get in your way. However, that dream is your motivation, and it will keep you going through the best and the worst that life has to offer. In the end, even if you fail, you will be proud, stronger, and ready to try again. Only you know what you are capable of and you owe it to yourself to try. No matter your age or situation, you are alive and your story is not over. From a person who has been where you are now, trust me. It feels scary, it feels impossible. Just take it one day at a time, and it will get easier.
To your Success,