In the first part of this series, I mentioned 3 scenes with impactful leadership lessons.
The first lesson talked about earning our dreams and not letting others ruin our parade.
Throughout the Rocky saga we watched how Rocky always finds a way to win against adversity. In this second scene, Rocky gets to share some of his wisdom with his son, Rocky Jr.
The World Ain’t All Sunshine
“You cast a big shadow” says Rocky Jr. to his father claiming to be a victim of his circumstances as an explanation for his unhappiness. To which Rocky responds with a story:
“…Then the time came for you to be your own man and take on the world…But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.
…The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…
You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re 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!
Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody!”
The Leadership lesson: we own our destiny, we can either let life guide us or we can guide our lives; but either way, we own it.
How many times do we let our circumstances take away our right to choose? We walk through life letting things, others, and our environment decide for us. The greatest power we have is choice.
Choose to be better; choose to achieve your dream; choose to show your power.
How are you letting go of your power to choose? How can you take it back?