Motivation (Part 1)

What is motivation?  We hear people say (myself included) that you need to have the motivation to continue to push forward.  With anything and everything.  Whether it is being motivated to do a better job at work, as a father, as a mother, as a husband or a wife.  If you are son or a daughter, isn’t it always in our best interest to be a better son or daughter to our parents.  But what really IS motivation.  For the next few posts I want to talk about motivation and why some people have more of it and some people tend to let their motivation waiver a bit from time to time.  There are a lot of examples out there that we can point to that demonstrate motivation.  I would like you all to watch this brief clip from a movie that most of you have either seen or heard about.  This movie is based on a true story and is one of the better examples of what having real internal motivation is all about.

This first clip that we watched here is from the movie Rudy.  Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is a no name, small framed kid who wants to make the Notre Dame football team in the early 70’s.  EVERYONE told him that this was not only not going to happen but it is a stupid dream.  It cannot be done.  This scene opens with one of the coaches telling all the potential walk ons that their chances of ever getting to play for the Notre Dame football team is next to impossible.  That they are not the best at what they do and that for the next 5 days the only job of the coaches is to “kick their ass” and whoever is left standing MAYBE just maybe they might get a spot on the practice squad.  Talk about a downer.

So off to get their “asses kicked” they go.  What do we see here.  We see Rudy all 5 ft nothing of him out there getting getting hit, over and over again.  And he keeps getting up.  He fails.  He get’s back up and keeps going.  He does NOT allow himself to quit.  Yes, he fails in measuring up to the standards of what we think of when we think of a football player but succeeds in never quitting.  At the 4:34 mark one of the coaches informs the head coach and the defensive coach that Rudy has put in more heart than any TWO players out there.  All it takes is one person and that one person gave Rudy a chance.

What lessons can we learn from this one small snippet of a movie?  I think the lesson here is very simple.  You don’t have to be the best to achieve success.  You don’t have to be the smartest to demonstrate intelligence.  You don’t have to be the strongest to show strength.

Every single one of us has the ability within ourselves to demonstrate success, intelligence and strength.  What then is motivation?  Motivation is having the heart to say that you are not the best, the smartest or the strongest….but you are going to go out there every single day and achieve success, demonstrate intelligence and have the strength to never quit!


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