“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 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.”
“Go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers and say you ain’t where you want to be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”
A lot of people I know like to make fun of Sylvester Stallone. His intelligence. His acting abilities. And I get it. But regardless of that, I personally find him to be a pretty amazing guy.
In the early to mid 1970s, Stallone was living in poverty. He had moved from New York out to LA to try to become an actor. And he was living in what was more or less a tenement. He even had to sell his dog because he couldn’t afford to feed him.
He had gotten a few bit parts in some TV shows. Even had a supporting role in the film The Lords of Flatbush . But he wasn’t exactly successful. But he believed in himself and he didn’t give up. He stuck with it. And then he came up with an idea and wrote a script.
In 1976, Rocky won three Academy awards, including Best Picture. It was nominated for six more.
As a result, Stallone is now a Hollywood icon. And worth about half a billion dollars.
Because he got knocked down over and over, but always got back up.