Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finding Your "Rudy Moment" in the Fight

Most of my posts are either book review related or sharing some method of analysis I use.  The title to my blog is “The Fightin’ Analyst” and thought I should post something related to the fightin’ end of things.

Not surprisingly, most of us face opposition or resistance when proposing change.  Making that change happen usually takes a lot of work to break down barriers and eliminate the status quo.  I’ve found that a good dose of persistence and consistently demonstrating results or success is central to this fight.  Again, that comes with a lot of hard work and practice.
I’ve also determined there are “Rudy Moments” representing the turning point to creating that change.  Most people have seen the movie Rudy and most people probably think I’m referencing the final scenes in the movie when Rudy finally gets put in the game, makes a game ending tackle and gets carried off the field; all while the crowd chants his name (A moment that leaves even the toughest of men with a tear in their eye).  But I’m referencing a less obvious moment in the movie.  My favorite moment is when Rudy packs up his belongings, travels to Notre Dame’s campus and meets with Father Cavanaugh for the first time in a church.  Father Cavanaugh asks him what he’s doing there and Rudy tells him he wants to attend Notre Dame.  Father Cavanaugh replies with something Rudy’s heard a thousand times throughout his life: “This school, it’s not for everybody.”  But unlike the thousand other times he hear this, a switch goes off inside Rudy.  A switch telling him he’s not going to let people keep him down anymore.
Click on the video below to watch the scene:

"My whole life, people have been telling me what I could do and couldn't do. I've always listened to them, believed in what they said. I don't want to do that anymore."
This quote and moment is what I call a “Rudy Moment.”  The decision to stand up against resistance and demonstrate you’re willing to do what it takes to reach your goals.  He’s essentially saying “I’m not going down that easy, not anymore.”  In a roundabout way this moment is discussed in a number of business and research books I’ve read and reviewed:  Mindset, The Talent Code, Drive, and Great By Choice.
After Rudy's "moment," Father Cavanaugh’s response demonstrates that he recognizes Rudy’s drive and commitment, and gives him a chance to attend a neighboring junior college, which may give him a chance to make it into Notre Dame.  The rest is Hollywood history.
“Fighting” to achieve goals can be exhausting, especially in the business of sales where rejection and the word “no” is used more often than “yes.”  I’ve found it’s important to seek inspiration from other people’s life stories, books, articles, music and movies.  It helps recharge your battery and keep fighting the good fight.  The movie Rudy, and this scene in particular, is one of my sources.  It reminds me that the change still starts with me and it’s ultimately my decision to keep moving forward.  There you have it.  Not a geeky analytical post, but my first “fighting” post.  Well, technically that was an “analysis” of a movie and a movie moment (So a little of both). 
Good luck grabbing hold of your “Rudy Moments.”