Life lessons from Rocky Balboa

I’m a big fan of the Rocky Balboa film series with Sylvester Stallone.

Although Rocky is a fictional character, over the course of the series he has shared some excellent bits of wisdom with the world and in this daily thought I’ll be sharing 3 of my favourites.

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.

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.

Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but words can move mountains.


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The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem

Taken straight from the philosophy of Captain Jack Sparrow and a sentence I regularly visit.

We all have challenges and pressures in life that we can allow to get on top of us and feel like we have no way out. I sometimes allow myself to be driven by anxiety, so over worrying and doomsday scenarios are a daily normality for me.

The ability to take a step back and re-frame what’s actually in front of me in the present has been a powerful tool and most of the time I find that the problem is not the real problem.

Why not take a new approach and re frame your mindset to tackle what you may have convinced yourself to be the unjust problem? maybe you’ll find it was not the real problem after all.


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What it is to be alive

The sun reaching across the branches of a tree, the pain overcome from the tribulations conquered, that feeling of enjoyment, of love with/from another – this is what it means to be alive.

It’s a cliche in today’s world, yet living in the moment is all we can truly do.

It provides perspective on what is and what we have in that tiny piece of time, so be grateful for it, appreciate it and feel what it is to be alive.


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The difference between a job and a career

A job is an occupation, a career is something built through the love of passion.

Those building a career know the why, they are fuelled by the reasons they do what they do.

Those in a job know only the what, only the what must I do to keep this job and my “safety net” in life.

A career is a lifelong journey of exploration, the what if, the I could and the this would be amazing to try. It can be an arduous journey full of challenges no doubt and these will shape you, make and even at times break you.

Yet it is the building of a career that can define you, allow you to share with the world what you’re truly capable of, to understand maybe that this is what you were meant to do.

A job is a job, it’s an occupation that pays the bills, keeps the food on the table, it’s a steady approach to the modern way of living. A job is like a ship permanently in the harbour and ships were not made to stay in a harbour.

Careers are full of opportunities, full of ways to better and challenge oneself.

Careers are an opportunity to do something, be something and leave something bigger than yourself. They are joy, sadness, excitement, passion, failure and success all rolled up into one.

Jobs are like a bus, they come and go but rarely do they deviate from the”planned route”.

A career can be a labour of love, you’re building something that brings you purpose and hopefully joy. It’s a route for you to be of service to others and embrace all the opportunities life can bring if you’re willing to accept the challenge of course.

But a job or a career are just work you say, I’m not so sure my friend.

That’s what it’s all about really, the work, or is it?

Those who have jobs do the work with no questions, those who have careers are creating the changes to make our world that little bit better.

Do you ever think about what you’ll say when it’s all said and done?

I had a job and it was ok, it paid the bills and filled the days or did you do something more?

For those who chose the career, they built, they fought, they were lost at times but they built something that was true to themselves. It was hard, yet it was fun.

So what do you want?

The red pill or the blue pill?

A job or a career?

The choice is yours, but the real difference between a job and a career? Maybe it’s about leading a life worth living or living a life.



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Life is about we

It’s very easy for all of us to think that we are the centre of the universe, it’s actually really hard not to think like this at times.

But we are all part of a wider community, despite what we might tell ourselves.

It will take time and experience, yet once who reach that point where you realise life is much more then the “me” show, it can get really good.

We are social creatures, people need people, countless studies have provided data which shows that those that are happy and healthy surround themselves with others.

You could lead a life where you focus on the “me” show, attain wealth, materialistic possessions and all that, but what experience and quality of life would this provide? a shallow and lonely one potentially.

But what if…….

You embrace a journey of we and not just me?

What if you loved others rather than the things you believe others might love you for?

Maybe, just maybe you would be surprised?

If we want a meaningful life, maybe this lies outside the realm of just “me” and it’s more about the “we”. The experiences we go through together, the good times, the bad times, the strange times and everything that comes our way.

It’s just a thought, but could it be that life is really all about we?


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