How to Win while Losing

Last week we watched “Rocky” during English.  I had never seen the movie before, but, of course, I had heard about it.  I never thought about watching it because it’s not the type of movie that I would normally be drawn to; however, I ended up really enjoying it.  The movie wasn’t full of action and wasn’t a hilarious film, but throughout the movie you grew more attached to Rocky, the main character, and you began to hope that he’s going to win the title match against all odds. *WARNING: SPOILERS*


The most important message I got from the movie is that you can win without actually winning.  Sounds strange, but let me explain.  Rocky lost the title match.  He was unable to beat Apollo.  BUT, he managed to go 15 rounds, which was a pretty big deal.  He also was a boxer who would fight in clubs, not in front of huge crowds.  The fact that he lasted as long as he did was a surprise in itself.  Although he lost, Rocky was content with how he did.  The night before the match he even told Adrian, his lover in the film, that there was no chance he could win.  Which was completely true.  Apollo was the title holder, the best of the best.  Rocky was a nobody that didn’t have the most glamorous lifestyle.


Leading up to the match, Rocky spent every day preparing for this match that he knew was impossible to win.  He put in the work just so he could lose.  However, he set a goal for himself.  He told himself that he would last 15 rounds and he managed to achieve that.  He won in his mind, and in reality, that’s all that should matter.  Other people will see things differently and think, “Hey, you lost, they won.”  And yes, that’s true, but that’s not the point.  For example, you want to run a marathon.  If it’s your first time ever doing it, you’re clearly not going to get first place.  But if you make it a goal to finish the entire thing, then once you finish you’ll feel as if  you won.  It shouldn’t matter what other people think or what they say; the most important thing is if you’re happy about the effort you put out there.  People can say you could’ve done better or improved this or that but screw them.  If you know you did the most you could and you’re proud of it, that’s all that matters.


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