I love Rocky.  I can hear the theme song. Snow. Siberia. Dragging tree logs through the snow. The Russians. The fight..

….And a little old man named Mickey.

Rocky had an amazing trainer. Little scrappy hard nosed Mickey. Mickey shoved cutips up Rocky nose, held his spit bucket, and most importantly said a hundred times.. “Rock you are a champion.”

Get back in there and win! Hit em hard. Rocky!

In each successive film, Rocky was confronted with various life crises, ever-stronger opponents, and his own aging body. Throughout the series, Rocky came to define the perennial underdog, continually drawing strength from the struggles he faced to overcome the odds and succeed. Here are the four lessons I believe to be most valuable to us all:

“Going that one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

1. Get the Work Done

Whatever your ambition or goal, you will never succeed unless you get the work done. You can’t biohack your way around it, nor positive mindset your way through it. You simply have to train and train hard.

In Rocky II, this lesson was eloquently spelled out by Rocky’s trainer, Mickey:

For a 45-minute fight, you gotta train hard for 45,000 minutes. 45,000! That’s ten weeks, that’s ten hours a day, ya listenin’? And you ain’t even trained one!

As well as getting the work done, sometimes you have to be willing to do more. Sometimes you’re going to need push harder and hurt more than you realize to achieve success. In Rocky IV, Rocky faced his toughest opponent in the undefeated Russian Ivan Drago. To prepare for the fight, Rocky was forced to train on his own in the middle a Russian winter. To win the fight, Rocky and his support team knew he would need to train harder and push himself beyond what he had done before:

Duke (Rocky’s trainer):

You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it. Do it!

If that didn’t fire up your training juices, then check out this epic training montage built from all the Rocky films:

2. Never Quit

Rocky himself said, “Going that one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

What Rocky highlighted in this scene is the concept of never quitting. Getting the work done will get you to the start line of your chosen challenge, but during tough events you will require something more. When you are being pushed to your limits, there will come a moment when you consider stopping, giving up, or quitting.

The ability to keep going – to never quit – in such situations is something forged within. It comes from deep within your heart and your mind and needs to be developed during training. To witness this kind of never-quit attitude, watch this clip from the first Rocky film where even Rocky’s trainer tells him to quit (stay down).

Something worth remembering in life: It’s pretty hard to beat someone like Rocky who never quits.

3. Going the Distance Is More Important Than Winning or Losing

In this scene, Rocky highlighted something far more important than winning or losing – going the distance:

Many of us have become creatures of instant gratification. We want results immediately and often balk at the time it takes to achieve something. Or worse still, we forget that sometimes training or competing is much more about the journey it takes you on, rather than the end result.

Is what you’re fighting or training for that important that you’re willing to go the distance regardless of the result? If you aren’t, then you are on the wrong path.

“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 hit and keep moving forward.”

4. Persistence

In perhaps the most inspirational scene from whole Rocky series, Rocky highlighted the most powerful lesson of all – persistence. The ability to just keep moving always.

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 hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

As I’ve said before, this personal trait more than anything else can make all the difference between success and failure in your life. 

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