Whilst many tend to underestimate the competition and subsequently lose out against stronger competitors, others overestimate them. Overestimating your competition can cause you to feel like you are not able to compete or to succeed against them, which in turn can create obstacles to you reaching your career goals in life. In Rocky IV, Rocky has to fight Ivan Drago, a Russian boxer who was taller and far heavier than Rocky. Despite the obvious unfair advantage Ivan had, Rocky never overestimates his opponent and believes he can win regardless (and of course, he does!)
It is important that you follow a career that you not only enjoy, but which you are good at, as this will be the ultimate test as to whether you succeed in your career or not. Find something you are passionate about and take it as far as you can, even if this means setting up your own business! When asked by his wife Adrienne why he fights, Rocky simply states that it is because “I can’t sing or dance”. Throughout every Rocky movie, he knew deep down that fighting was his passion and what he was truly best at, and this was why he never lost sight of being a fighter, even when he took up other jobs in between.
It is important that we set out our own goals in life and follow them through, how we see best. By doing what others tell us, it becomes far too easy to blame others when things don’t go our way. Always avoid pointing the finger and laying blame on a co-worker when the root of the problem is something that you could have changed yourself. Robert (Rocky’s son), tries to put his father off fighting (Rocky VI) due to his own insecurities of his father’s celebrity status overshadowing his own achievements in life; however, Rocky teaches him a great life lesson that others cannot be blamed for your own failures or problems in life. He tells his son “to succeed in life, it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward”, he also tells his son to “go on and get what you’re worth, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her…”
The higher you are promoted and the more success you achieve in your career, the more likely it is that your vision and judgment will be obscured by your sense of achievement and pride. It is vital that you remember those who helped you get to where you are in life, and that you are respectful to those who work below you… you never know - you may need to work with them one day in the future! Rocky, after winning the world title, becomes big headed and rather than training in his old gym, he creates a new gym with memorabilia of himself all around him to remind him of his greatness. This constant reminder of his success leads him to misjudge his strengths and fall off track with his training and it is up to his trainer Mick ground him again.
Whether you need to spend extra hours at work to meet your deadlines, participate in training courses to improve your skills or relocate for that perfect job, you must do what you need to in order to overcome any problems or obstacles that come your way. By having set career goals to achieve, you can better determine what you need to do in order to achieve them. Throughout his career, Rocky had to overcome many difficulties that, had he not overcome, would have prevented him from succeeding in his boxing career. From having to train in the freezing temperatures of Siberia and competing against bigger, heavier opponents, to losing this career mentor and trainer to heart failure, Rocky had to overcome it all in order to be the world’s greatest boxer.
Keeping your motivation and determination to achieve your career goals when things get tough at work can be much more difficult than we first anticipate. Rather than give up and cave to the pressures of the corporate world around you, it is important that you power forward and strive to succeed in whatever you do best.
Check out these career lessons taken from ‘Rocky’ that all employees should know: