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?