Turn Around Tuesday

“Now, when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. You know what I mean?”- Apollo Creed, Rocky III

It’s been a while since my favorite quote giver of all time, Rocky Balboa, has made an appearance. And honestly, Rocky III is my least favorite. Hulk Hogan is some guy named Thunderlips, Mr. T is an exaggeration (is that possible?) of himself, Mickey dies, and Rocky loses a fight. Ugh!

However, it is the Rocky movie that embodies the greatness of the legacy – heart. Through out Rocky I & II, you get the impression that Rocky is “just that kind of guy.” That person who is born with drive, endurance, motivation. In Rocky III, we find that is just not true.

Rocky get comfortable. He begins to slack on his training, neglect his follow through, take his success for granted. He begins to think that just being Rocky Balboa is enough. His championship, his previous accomplishment, his current position – these things are comfortable places to hang his hat. Until he loses.

He is fortunate that he has a friend who cares about him enough to get real with him. He has lost his edge. He has forgotten his dedication to excellence. He has forgotten where he came from and what it took to get to where he wanted to be. He also had a friend that was willing to help him get it all back.

There is no doubt that we all have missteps. There are times when our decisions aren’t the best and our outcomes are worse. But, the mistakes aren’t the point. Our reaction to them is. Have we prepared with relationships? Have we readied ourselves with strength? Have we earned the benefit of the doubt with those around us?

Losses are not terminal – they are situational. In fact, I dare say that it is in these moments when we are afforded the opportunity to appreciate our true friends and realize our fullest ability. Take the time to thank those who always offer a hand, to do your best for those that make your life successful, and remember why it is you do what you do. It only takes a moment to rediscover the traits that make life great.

You Guys are the Best!

I totally missed Turn Around Tuesday’s six month anniversary two weeks ago. It’s hard to believe that you all have allowed me to come into your inbox every week, every Tuesday, and share my thoughts. Then many of you decide to join me on the web and continue the conversation there.

Thank you.

I wanted to take a minute to tell you all how much I appreciate your encouragement and well wishes. I am glad you have enjoyed it and I do my best not to let you down.

*Photo credit to The Blog Film


  1. It’s such a shame that Stallone didn’t hand his scripts over to better writers and directors, because (although I’ve enjoyed all the Rocky movies) these movies just don’t do justice to the themes he bases them upon.

    What a great theme you’ve drawn out of III. I’d be interested in you writing on Fallback positions or something similar – or at least to hear your opinion on the concept. It seems like having a solid fallback (such as the friends network) is crucial to having the courage to risk and risk well!

    And that picture is classic. This is when Mr T actually looked scary, not funny!

  2. Pete – you have added another book to my reading list. I had not heard of the official “Fallback Position.” And I think you have provided me with a great idea for my next post.

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