Week 14 – Rudy

Rudy is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s a perfect example of the greatness that lies within each of us. It’s there for the taking and most of us don’t even have a clue.

All his life Rudy was told that he wasn’t smart enough, big enough, or good enough for anything except working at the local steel mill. He, however, had a burning desire to play football at Notre Dame, one of the greatest schools and football programs in history.

His friends, his co-workers, and even his family laughed at his ambitions. Rudy was not deterred, though. Even though he was half the size of most players, and his grades were not up to par, he had a positive mental attitude and a plan of action.

Rudy enrolled at Holy Cross directly across from Notre Dame. There, he got his grades up. It also allowed him to stay involved with Notre Dame and spend a lot of time on campus. He spent 2 years at Holy Cross before he finally got accepted to Notre Dame where he participated on the football team as a walk-on. During those 2 years, and the 2 following years at Notre Dame, there was not a day that went by that he didn’t continuously focus on his goal…the same goal he had focused on all of his life. He knew what he wanted, what he had to do, and he knew that it would happen. He knew in his heart and mind that he would leave Notre Dame having accomplished that one burning desire that had been within him all his life. He would dress, run out of that tunnel and go down in history as having been a part of Notre Dame Football.

One other important thing Rudy did during his time at Holy Cross and Notre Dame was to build relationships with people. These relationships were mutually beneficial to all involved. Two people in particular played major roles in obtainment of Rudy’s dream. Those were D-Bob and Fortune. He helped D-Bob, another student who wasn’t exactly Prince Charming, find a girlfriend (who eventually become his fiancé), and in return, he helped Rudy study to get his grades up, which allowed him entry into Notre Dame. Fortune, seemingly a hard-nosed, “didn’t want to be bothered” guy, took to Rudy like a big brother. He provided him with a job, a place to sleep, and words of wisdom…and Rudy helped him keep that football field immaculate.

Rudy struggled both emotionally and physically his entire life but he persevered through it all. I know this blog post doesn’t do justice to the movie, or Rudy Ruettiger’s real life, but within these words you should be able to see the four tiny habits of his persistence…habits that will take you wherever you want to be.

 A burning desire for a definite major purpose
 A positive mental attitude
 A plan of action
 A mastermind alliance

You were born for greatness. It’s your life. How will you live it?



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  1. Dre
    Dre January 5, 2016 at 2:15 am | | Reply

    I chose Wild but after your review of Rudy I will make time to watch it as well. Thank you

  2. Norma Smith
    Norma Smith January 6, 2016 at 2:36 pm | | Reply

    I just picked up Rudy from the library and will watch it later today. I chose October Sky. Also a movie on persistence, belief in a dream, and putting it all into action. Wonderful movies that show the perspective of MKMMA,

  3. Daniel Hanscom
    Daniel Hanscom January 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm | | Reply

    Great review and thoughts of the movie. Rudy is such an awesome story. Such an amazing demonstration of persistence!!! Thanks for your post.

  4. dominica8
    dominica8 January 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm | | Reply

    well after reading this: double pity that I cold net find it here in Belgium.
    When I see it pop up somewhere some day, I will definitely look, with MKMMA-eyes 🙂

  5. Lallah Rowe
    Lallah Rowe January 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm | | Reply

    The story of Rudy is an inspiration to us all as he did have those four basic requirements that allowed him to change the world just enough to achieve his goal.

  6. Karen
    Karen January 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm | | Reply

    Rudy finally showed up on DISH yesterday, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Can’t wait! (though I guess I will have to, since the webinar is in 10 minutes LOL) Great blog post!

  7. Danny Linkert
    Danny Linkert January 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm | | Reply

    Great Blog Shirley!
    I watched both Wild and Rudy, very strong willed individuals. If we all have half the guts and desire that they had we will be climbing our mountains in lightning speed.
    Mahalo for you insight.

  8. Vince Hughes
    Vince Hughes January 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm | | Reply

    I had watched cool runnings but reading your post makes me realize I need to watch Rudy like TONIGHT!!!

    Thanks for the post

  9. Don Grantham
    Don Grantham January 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm | | Reply

    such a great and inspiring story and message.

  10. Suzanne
    Suzanne January 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm | | Reply

    You are the second person whose blog I have read about this movie. Looking forward to it. Thank you for a great summary, and a great recommendation!

  11. Bob Watkins
    Bob Watkins January 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm | | Reply

    I love seeing resistance as it proves I am changing.. and isn’t that why we (like Rudy) are all on this journey. Thanks for sharing your insights!

  12. Ambush
    Ambush January 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful post! – now I want to go watch the movie 🙂

  13. Chris Stier
    Chris Stier January 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm | | Reply

    I have yet to watch Rudy, however, I will now. Thanks for a great inspirational review. I have watched several of the other movies on the list and will add this one to it. I can see through your blog how it has inspired you. Awesome

  14. Connie McCracken
    Connie McCracken January 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    Rudy is a favourite of mine also. Have a great 2016!

  15. Christine Skjerpen
    Christine Skjerpen January 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    Great job Tell Rudy’s story. I look forward to reading more blogs

  16. Ramses
    Ramses January 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    Fantastic recount of the movie. Loved watching it and will again.

  17. Other Ernie
    Other Ernie January 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    Hearing all the negative in life is like taking a lot of ‘Hits’ when on a football team but what it is really about as you are knocked down is if you keep getting up and DO your BEST.

  18. Ron Masterkey (@RonMKMMA)
    Ron Masterkey (@RonMKMMA) January 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Shirley, a very well written review of Rudy.

  19. Leanne Overlander
    Leanne Overlander January 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for a great explanation of how Rudy ties into the Master Keys. It is one of my favorite movies.

  20. Mark E Cotter
    Mark E Cotter January 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm | | Reply

    Great recap and R2A2 of Rudy and how it showcases our class work. Love the blog posts! Keep it up.

  21. Donald Overlander
    Donald Overlander January 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm | | Reply

    Rudy was one of my favorites – determination despite all odds, maintaining the vision throughout everything “thrown in your way”. Reminds me to get re-connected to my own purpose in being here in the course! Thank you so much for the insights and the re-connection with purpose.

  22. Brony
    Brony January 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm | | Reply

    Absolutely beautiful movie. Opens your heart. Gives you a feeling of YES! I CAN DO IT! That burning desire! The beginning of the journey.. It’s the key.!

  23. Saskia
    Saskia January 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm | | Reply

    Rudy’s so resonates……doesn’t it!

  24. Sherry Bumgardner
    Sherry Bumgardner January 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm | | Reply

    I could only find Cool Runnings, and have seen October Sky. I will try to find Rudy, for sure! Thank you for Sharing. I Love movies that portray peoples Courage

  25. Paul Falkowski
    Paul Falkowski January 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm | | Reply

    Rudy Rudy Rudy!!!

    That guy just never gave up!? Everyone kept telling him to stop.

    Awesome post!!!

    Thank you for sharing

  26. Terrence G Neraasen
    Terrence G Neraasen January 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm | | Reply

    I agree with you . Rudy illustrates the 4 habits so well I think the author/screen writer/director must know Mandino and Haanel! I did a review of Rudy as well (Four Key Habits of Successful People) on my blog. I also watched Wild and October Sky but Rudy was the best.

  27. MasterKeyNatalieZ
    MasterKeyNatalieZ January 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm | | Reply

    Shirley – Thank you those four little habits are the pattern – love that we can see it in all the movies we were asked to watch. Thank you for sharing Rudy 🙂

  28. Kare
    Kare January 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm | | Reply

    Awesome post Shirley!

  29. Jean
    Jean January 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm | | Reply

    Reading everyone’s posts about the movie’s they watched made me decide to commit to watching them all (maybe during my knee replacement recovery in April, but I’ll definitely get to them).

  30. Ken Petersen
    Ken Petersen January 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    I had a great “I can’t fail” moment watching Rudy – this time with the MKMMA teachings behind me. The first time I saw it, it was just entertainment. Your review was top-drawer. Made me feel like I saw it a third time. Thanks.

  31. Rebecca Walther
    Rebecca Walther January 14, 2016 at 3:42 am | | Reply

    reat blog! I also have always loved Rudy and the feeling of being able to do anything! Thank you for your well written review!

  32. Richard Barton
    Richard Barton January 14, 2016 at 11:50 pm | | Reply

    Superb review of an excellent film. I have all six of the movies, but have yet to watch The Good Lie. the others, especially Rudy and Door to Door were superb. thanks for being a featured blog.

  33. Monica F Power
    Monica F Power January 15, 2016 at 1:37 am | | Reply

    RUDY is one of my favorite movies too. Thanks for the inspirational blog about a man who was fully committed to live out his dream as you described in the movie recap illustrating how Rudy applied the four tiny habits.

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