“…it ain’t about how hard ya hit.” ~ Rocky Balboa inspirational speech.

Rocky Balboa

Still one of my favorites. 

“…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!”

“You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here.

I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “This kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then 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.”

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Getting Schooled: 11 Business Lessons I’ve Relearned in the Past 60 Days

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No big surprises. Same lessons, different day. Sometimes it just takes a yank on a scab to remind you.

1. “Who you know” really does work. When it does, acknowledge them.

2. It’s really awesome to get acknowledged and an offer to join a big company to do what you’ve gotten really good doing.

3. When an offer comes with very little questioning, qualifying, or seems too easy, be suspect.

4. If it seems too good to be true. It likely is. See #3.

5. When you get a odd first impression about the person sitting on the other side of the table, go with that. Your gut is a great indicator.

6. HR departments and the TSA seem to have a lot in common. Inane RULES contrary to common sense that impedes progress, and not nearly enough HUMAN sense.

7. Corporate people who manage up, and “appear busy” often are annoying and supersede really effective and obvious maneuvers that would actually move a project forward and make shit happen.

8. Sales 101. The longer it takes for the “official” paperwork to come through and close the deal – the higher the likelihood it isn’t going to happen.

9. In the end, the “Who you knew” that got you in can’t necessarily protect you from the corporate bureaucracy, even when they’re a key player in the middle of it.

10. It’s not a deal until it’s signed on the dotted line, the ink is dry, and the money is in your account.

10.25. Relationships and loyalty are only as good as the influence at stake, the available options and price.

10.5. If they don’t have great, creative ideas, they’ll steal yours (with no remorse) from the brainstorming session you allowed them over a 1/2 caf no-foam latte that you had to buy for yourself.

10.75. Everyone thinks they have great ideas. Finding someone to act on them and bring them to fruition is another thing.

11. People lie.

Not bitter. Just business.