“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”
Sometimes in movies, a character comes along and delivers such an amazing line that, despite the fact that they are a fictional character in a fictional story, really moves and inspires us.
And, while the line they deliver may or may not be something we can directly relate to, that doesn’t mean that the brilliance of that line cannot inspire us nonetheless.
So, when Rocky Balboa gives an inspirational speech, or Maximus Meridius is rallying his troops before battle, those amazing quotes do more than just make us want to get in the ring and fight someone, or lead the cavalry charge against a bunch of barbarians.
Rather, their speeches and lines and the way they are delivered can move us simply based on the truth behind the statement they are making and the general meaning behind what they are saying.
It doesn’t matter what field you’re in, or what your current situation is, if you hear a good quote, it doesn’t matter what context it is said in. If it resonates with you, then it resonates with you.
For me, I love a good quote. I especially love a good quote from a pivotal scene in a good movie. And, to top it all off, if the quote also resonates with my passions and pursuits, then all the better.
So, in this post, I’m going to list four quotes I love that are made by four different movie characters and I will explain why each of them inspire me, especially in regards to how I approach building and running my online businesses.
1. Rocky Balboa on Putting in Work
“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”
Business is business. It is the exchange of one commodity for another… be that commodity money, time, information, products, or services.
And, in business, there are many different ways to increase the success you have. However, I believe, in regards to this Rock Balboa quote, that there are three main ways to increase your success in business. They are:
- Exchange more commodities
- Develop higher-quality commodities to exchange
- Increase your circle of people who are willing to exchange commodities with you
In all three instances, you have to increase something.
In the first instance, where the goal for increase is to have more commodities to exchange, you must work to increase your supply of commodities.
So, for instance, for me, as a content producer, this would mean producing more content. For a more traditional business person, this could mean adding another product to your line (i.e. a shoe brand starting to sell clothing.)
In the second instance, where the goal for increase is to develop higher-quality commodities, you must work to find ways to improve upon the commodities you sell.
Again, as a content producer, this would mean that I would either need to improve upon older content on my site by updating it, or by producing new content that is even better than any other content I have produced before. For a more traditional business example, this could mean improving upon your old product or service (i.e. adding new features to the existing software you have created.)
And finally, the third way you can increase your success as a business person is to grow the circle of connections you have so that you have more opportunities to exchange your commodities.
In my case, this could be done by emailing other influencers in hopes that they will feature my content, or by increasing the traffic to my site, where in both cases my content gets put in front of more people. For traditional business people, this could mean making more cold calls, or launching a new advertising campaign, etc.
The more commodities you have to exchange and the higher quality those commodities are and the more people there are that are willing to exchange commodities with you, the more success you will find in business.
Obviously, this is a very general look at what it takes to increase your success as a business person. And, at this point, you’re probably wondering where in the world I’m going with this.
However, in all three cases, the one common factor is that, in order to increase your success in your business, something must increase or improve.
So, when Rocky tells his son that the thing that makes “all the difference in your life” is the act of “going in one more round,” I find it truly relevant to my business pursuits, because I wholeheartedly agree that putting in massive effort is the key to success—and, perhaps more importantly, putting in effort even if you don’t think you have any effort left to give.
So, this idea that, by “going in one more round” than you believe you are capable of, you will see a big difference, resonates well with me in terms of business, because I know that if I can over-deliver to my audience, I will get more back in exchange.
And, if I’m not willing to over-deliver and provide something well beyond the ordinary, then all I deserve is the ordinary.
Ultimately, business is all about providing value and whichever business is willing to go that extra mile will likely be the business who wins the opportunity to exchange more often, and, thus, the business that will receive more back in the exchange.
But in the end, this is all just a really long-winded and drawn-out way of saying…
2. Maximus Meridius on Branding
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
There are a couple of different ways that I like to look at this great quote from my favorite general, Maximus Meridius…
The first way, is to look at it as a great piece of advice on time management. All of the decisions we make today in our business will stay with us forever. And, so it’s a good idea to make good decisions.
However, as I will talk a little bit about time management on a quote listed below, I’d rather turn the attention of this quote to another way it could be interpreted, and that is as a branding message.
We all know how important branding is. With everything we do in our business pursuits we are trying (or at least, should be trying) to build a legacy. That legacy is to sell our audience something powerful.
Yes, good products and services are the backbones of good brands…
But to build and run an established brand, you need to have more than a good product or service.
You need to provoke strong ideals and vision, or provide a heightened sense of culture, or inspire your audience and customers in such a way that buying your product becomes a statement, rather than a purchase.
Making your products and services more than just products and services is what separates companies like Nike (a company that inspires every athlete that purchases their products to be more) from FILA (a company that simply sells shoes and apparel.)
While both companies sell similar products, Nike dominates in sales because they sell a vision to their customers.
Because Nike built their company on the basis of selling a vision to their customers through the form of athletic apparel, and FILA just stuck to selling shoes and shirts and stuff, Nike was able to easily outclass FILA.
Now, Nike is reaping the benefits of having an enormous brand, rather than simply hoping having a good product will bring them profits.
Products and markets change, but established brands can withstand the test of time. Brands can adapt to changes and expand into new markets, because what an established brand really is is a sign of trust.
The same is true in our businesses.
Just like Nike made a commitment to building a brand instead of choosing to build just another shoe company, we, too, have to commit to building something more than just the products or services we are selling. We have to sell our brand by teaching our audience why our product or service is necessary to them, rather than optional.
And, then we have to over-deliver on the product or service that we are offering.
If you and your business can do that on a regular basis (ideally starting sooner rather than later) your brand will pass the test of time (or, echo throughout eternity) and it will become more than just a goods or services producer.
3. Blain from Predator on Moving on from your Failures
“I ain’t got time to bleed.”
If I were to have met you back in 1987 and we got together to watch the newly released Predator, would you think I was crazy if I would have said to you, “you know, I bet there are two actors in this move who will go on to become actual governors of real states?”
That’s not really on topic, but it reminds me of the Back to the Future scene when Marty tells Doc that Ronald Reagan is the president in the future and Doc thinks that is nuts. And, it really is kind of crazy to think that the movie Predator featured two future governors, Arnold and Jesse Ventura.
In any case, though, this Jesse Ventura line in Predator sums up what it really takes to be good at anything, let alone business. His delivery of the line is, perhaps, the best part of it all…
In the scene, Jesse Ventura gets shot and seemingly doesn’t realize it, until a fellow comrade points out the wound and the fact that he is bleeding. Ventura—who is playing Blain—responds:
“I ain’t got time to bleed.”
He doesn’t miss a beat in the delivery, or flinch, or show any emotion. In the movie, Blain is so concentrated on the task at hand, that the notion of him being wounded isn’t even a possibility to him.
This is an amazing take on how to approach your life.
Often times, we let small things derail us. Maybe we’ve made a bunch of sales calls, but all we are hearing is no. Or, maybe someone wrote a bad review about us, our business, or our product. Or, maybe someone said something bad about us in general…
In any case, if we let those things, they can sap our energy, and ruin our productivity.
A better approach to these small and annoying problems is to follow Blain’s example and be so laser-focused on our goal, that we don’t even realize that the problems are there.
Now, if you’ve run into a really big problem, you have to bandage that wound, otherwise you won’t be able to go forward.
But, for the most part, most of the problems we face in life are minor problems that we blow out of proportion. And, for those problems you need to ignore them and, instead, push forward at the task at hand.
4. Gandalf on Time Management
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
Gandalf is one balanced dude. In perhaps what is one of the top-quoted Gandalf sayings (with exception to You Shall Not Pass and Fly You Fools), the wise old wizard is dishing out some really powerful and soul-touching advice on life and how to manage our time.
I mean, going back to the “What we do in life, echoes in eternity quote,” we are literally creating our legacy in every single moment we are alive.
And Gandalf sheds light on this and offers up A) some really simple—but sound—advice, and B) a really great anxiety relieving technique.
We can only control the moment we are in and, amazingly enough, it’s the way we decide to control that moment that determines our future.
So, there’s no point in stressing out about things that could come to pass in the future, because we have no control over that. However, we do have control over the present moment. And, in each moment we decide our fate.
So, decide wisely what to do with your time!
What Are Your Favorite Movie Quotes That You Live By?
The great thing about quotes is that, regardless of whether they are said by a real person, or by a fictional character, it doesn’t matter. Words are true in the essence that they are said, regardless of if they are said in a fictional universe or the reality we live in.
And, so, despite being delivered in a fake reality, movie quotes can move us and inspire us just as much as words spoken from our friends and family can.
The four quotes listed above are quotes that I enjoy and have taken inspiration from. What movie quotes have inspired you?
Let me know in the comments!
This post is a part of my goal to publish 50 different posts in 100 days. This is post #5 in the series. I’m using The Freedom Journal to track my goal and help me stay focused. To read more about my goal and how I plan to achieve it, click here.