Rocky Balboa has been a famous fictional movie character for over 30 years. While he's not a real person (although in several instances he is representative of real athletes and/or "the common man"), Rocky has inspired countless millions to survive and thrive in all areas of their life including business. Created and played by Sylvester Stallone (an entrepreneur that went from rags to riches with a $250+ Million current net worth, similar to fellow entrepreneur and rags to riches star Arnold Schwarzenegger), the character goes from a thug / bum to world heavyweight champion due to bravery, hard work, humility, seizing opportunity, and an unstoppable spirit. He doesn't let doubt, fear, or numerous obstacles get in the way of achieving victory.
The world of an entrepreneur can definitely draw parallels to a fight and "Business Is War" as successful entrepreneur and investor Kevin O'Leary likes to say. The frugal / lean startup life can definitely require that you train no frills like Rocky while your competitors train in world class facilities with almost limitless resources. That means you just have to work that much harder and do what you can to outsmart your competitors. While Rocky took plenty of hard hits to the head in his boxing career and wasn't always the most eloquent speaker, his words of wisdom and inspiration can get any entrepreneur motivated again in less time than a round of boxing. Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes from "Philadelphia's favorite son" aka The Italian Stallion:
1) "You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life."
2) "No, maybe I can't win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got."
3) "Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself."
4) "Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life."
5) "If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth!"
6) "Going in one more round when you don't think you can; that's what makes all the difference in your life."
7) "Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up."
8) "It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. It's how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"
I hope you enjoyed these 8 great Rocky Balboa motivational business quotes! Remember that with hard work you too can 'go the distance'
Just because the character, movie, or TV Show are fictional doesn't mean it can't provide real inspiration and education for purveyors of entrepreneurship like ourselves. Whatever works for you!
And while you're here, enjoy these 20 Tremendous Business & Startup Quotes with the Rocky theme song in the background!
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As Always, Best Of Luck In Business To You All!
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