I recently watched the movie, Rudy, an awe inspiring story about a young man named Rudy Ruettiger who overcame tremendous odds to fulfill his lifelong dream. It was a dream that almost everyone said was impossible, a dream that only smart kids, talented kids or kids from upper-class families could achieve. In spite of hearing that all his life, Rudy succeeded in attending the University of Notre Dame and being on the university’s football team. He was not a great player or even a good one, but his determination was great. Although he only played once, during the last few minutes of the last game of his senior year, his dream was fulfilled. It was enough for Rudy and enough to show his courage, determination and winning spirit.
I’m not a big sports fan and usually don’t watch football games or movies about football, but the movie Rudy is so much more. It is about determination and never giving up and about believing in yourself no matter what other people tell you. Rudy’s story is one that we can all relate too, a story that inspires us to be all that we can be and to pursue our dreams, no matter what the odds. It is a story that sends us new hope in accomplishing even the smallest of our dreams, at any stage of our life. Dreams don’t have to be great and they don’t have to be the best; they only have to be important to us.
I recently visited Rudy Ruettiger’s website and saw his ten Insights for “Winning at Life”. I was able to get permission to post those insights for this article. I know you will be as inspired as I was after reading them. I have also included a link to his website which I found to be very interesting and well worth the time to check out.
Insight # 1
Be the person you want to be. “Make the decision to take action and move closer to your Dream. Create daily success habits and surround yourself with information that will empower and inspire you.”
Insight # 2
Use anger in a positive way to get results. “Anger is a normal reaction. It’s what you do with anger that makes a difference in your life … direct your anger towards a goal … use anger in a positive way to get results … from anger comes determination … comes triumph.”
It starts with a Dream. “Visualize your Dream and make a commitment. Having a Dream is what makes life exciting. Never underestimate the power of a Dream. It will change your life. A Dream gives you the ability to determine your future.”
Eliminate the confusion. “Find mentors who encourage you. The right information will eliminate confusion. Visualize exactly what you want to be … and focus on that … believe in yourself and don’t let anything stop you. Reinforce your Dream every day with positive information from tapes, books, and mentors. Each day you will get closer to your Dream. Eliminate the confusion and fears, and make it happen.”
The greater the struggle, the greater the victory. “Most people allow struggles and fear of failure to stop them. The key is to learn from your struggles and move on. Failures will make you stronger and give you the information you need to reach your Dream. Struggle will prepare you for success. Without struggle there is no success.”
Follow your passion instead of the dollar. “There’s nothing wrong with making money … but, it’s important to focus on your passion instead of the dollar. For me, decisions based on my passion brought me closer to my Dream, while decisions based only on money took me further away. If you focus on what really fulfills you, you will have success. The dollar alone does not bring happiness.”
Excuses will kill your Dream. “What we’re really talking about here is commitment. Until you make a commitment to your Dream, it’s not really a Dream … it’s just another fantasy full of excuses. Fantasies don’t come true because they’re not real,we’re not committed to them. When we make commitments, we eliminate excuses and they become Dreams … and Dreams are definitely real.”
Insight # 8
Prepare for your Dream. “Preparation is what comes from struggle. Knowledge comes from preparation. These are the elements that pave the road to your Dream. If we do not prepare we will not succeed. Set your goals and pursue your Dreams with all your heart. If you miss a goal, don’t quit, reset it! You just need to learn more … step by step you will win!”
Focus on your Dream and Never Quit. It is always too soon to quit. If you quit, you can’t succeed. By achieving your Dream you will be an inspiration to others. You will set the example and make an enormous impact on the world. Make it happen!”
Insight # 10
Always have a Dream. “Dreams give us energy to go to new levels. Dreams change lives … the power of life is in your Dreams!”