During the week I watched the movie “Rudy”. A true story about a boy with a dream of playing football for Notre Dame – the fighting Irish. Although he was undersized and not a lot of raw talent, he still had a dream, a burning desire, to make it happen.
Almost everyone around him would tell him it ain’t gonna happen. His father even told him hey you’re a Ruettiger. Notre Dame isn’t for us. You can work here in the steel mill and hae a great life. That school isn’t for people like us. Wow! To hear your own father tell you that you’re not good enough! For most people, that would shape their belief and end their dream. And for a period of time, it did impact him. But the dream to one day accomplish it still lived on in his heart. He finally decides after working in the steel mill for a couple of years to chase his dream. Down deep he refused to let those around him define who he was or what he was capable of doing.
He begins chasing his dream and has a lot of set backs, disappointments, trials, and doubts, but he continues on. He faces his challenges and pushes himself. He finally makes the practice squad as a walk-on and works his butt off to hopefully play in a game one day, even if it’s just for a single play. He comes a point when he finally decides what the heck am I doing this for, I’m never going to dress for a game and begins to feel sorry for himself. But those around him didn’t let him get away with that bologna and encourage him to keep going. He does, and on the last play of the last game of his senior year, he gets in the game and actually makes a sack.
This is the very short version of the story and doesn’t really do it justice so I recommend watching it yourself and get inspired! It inspires me every time i watch it. It’s a metaphor for me and my journey to be the best version of myself possible. There will be set backs, there will be times of doubt, there will be highs and lows in the course of making changes in oneself to bring out greatness and achieve things others feel are impossible. But man is it oh so worth it! Had he quit when he wanted to he would have never known how close he was to accomplishing his dream. It was right around the next corner, but he didn’t know it. He put in the hard work day in and day out and just when it looked like his dream was never going to happen, it did. Had he quit after all that hard work, he would have regretted it his entire life that he quit. That quitting would have created a habit of quitting and the course of his life could have been altered forever. Sometimes we need encouragement from those around us to keep going, especially in some of our darkest hours of doubt and fear.
This move inspires me to continue on; to persist. Even though it may seem difficult and at times the changes I want seem will never happen, I know that if I continue the course like Rudy, that around one of the corners change is there. All the work I’m putting in will pay off, if I just persist. It’s not up to me to know when things will happen, but it is up to me to put in the work. That is what I have control over.
One day thru my experience, I will be helping others achieve their dreams and I hope that one day my story will inspire others to keep going. This journey of becoming the best version of myself possible and living out my purpose is not just about me, it’s also about all the lives I will impact along the way and the people my story will be able to help. Thank you Rudy Ruettiger for never ever giving up on your dream. You are an inspiration that anything is possible!