Have you ever said to someone, “That person needs a good talking to, or maybe just a kick in the pants.”  Perahps you are at a time in your life when you think that person might be you. Whatever the case, I came across the best quote this weekend. It’s been around awhile, but I had not been able to track down the entire wording.



I was on a plane going from somewhere to somewhere last year and didn’t opt for the $5 headphone charge to watch the movie.  I had work to do during the flight, so that trumped the entertainment choice for the day.  But as the movie started I questioned my decision. It was Rocky Balboa.  And was supposedly the final finale to the famed Rocky series.


Now, lest I lose you here, I must divulge that I am a huge Rocky fan, and even enjoy the Rambo films. (I know. Call me crazy.) In my humble opinion, however, Sylvester Stallone made some great, all-American style movies, and so has earned my appreciation.  But back to the words of wisdom.


It wasn’t until a few days ago that I came across one of the best quotes I have seen in a long time. If you saw the movie, you know exactly which scene I am referring to. Rocky is outside his restaurant with his son.  The son is letting his dad know that life has not been easy in his father’s shadow. It is then that Rocky lets him have it. And I have to tell you, this is some great script:


“…the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. 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. 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! 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! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.”


Maybe today, you just needed a little fresh perspective. Or, you might know a friend that could use a word for the wise.  Whatever the case, I hope this will be an encouragement to you. As it was for me.