Rocky knows the score

Saw Rocky Balboa last night and enjoyed it. Bit slow but the end was good. Anyway the Rocky movies are always motivational and one bit of the latest movie in particular sounded like something straight out of a self-improvement book. I’ll post it here:

Rocky Balboa: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and 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 how hard you 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. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

Well said and very true – although a tad negative because there is lots of sunshine and there are pleny of rainbows, if you are tuned into them ;-) But anyway the point is to keep on going and not get knocked back by things (big and small). Doing a martial art (or intense sport) teaches you this kind of self-motivation and determination anyway.

Another really important point is not blaming others for your current situation but to say “I made my life what it is now” and if you want to change it, then change it! The past is gone, now is a beautiful moment and the future is what you want to make it – so make it great, be a winner.

3 Responses to “Rocky knows the score”

  1. Juuso Says:

    Nice one, filled with reminders.

    “But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”

    Agree.

  2. Stephen Says:

    I agree and if you really have a passion for making games then make them. People spend lots of money to play Golf and what chance do they have to make a return on investment. That’s what I am doing making games this year and not focusing on the ROI getting depressed and quiting. In fact I have not quit over the 6+ years of dev, I have just got more focused on finished products.

    The enjoyment is the pay. I don’t have to worry about cash flow becuase I have day jobs. If in 1 or 2 years time the games make returns then that will be great, like winning a golf tournament against Tiger woods :) .

    Most pro sports people are 100% focused. To make good games I think its the same deal 100 %.

  3. Grey Alien Games Says:

    Sounds great. If you have a day job and can make games for fun then it should be very enjoyable. For me I’m doing it full time so I need to make it pay AND be fun.