For week 14 we were asked to watch a movie, and then blog about the persistence that the protagonist showed in the movie. I chose to watch a movie that I had never seen before, and as the title of this post reveals, I chose Rudy, starring Sean Astin, as Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger.
The movie starts with Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger, who grew up in a steel mill town, and his Definite Major Purpose (DMP) in life is to play football for Notre Dame. This was going to be a difficult task, because he was not a big man. In fact, the real Rudy Ruettinger, was only 5″6, and when I say “only”, I don’t mean anything by it, as that’s how tall I am. :)
The game, and school, mean the world to his father, and Rudy’s dreamed of playing there since he was a kid. His brother’s gave him a hard time though, and kinda babied him all his life, so he wouldn’t get hurt playing football with the neighborhood kids. They would have him play positions where he would not get hurt, but he insisted on playing other, much harder positions, and he was all heart where ever he played. The following clip is from Rudy, and it was one of my favorites. It shows how much heart Rudy had, and how NOTHING was gonna stop him.
When I saw that they were trying to protect their little brother, I thought to myself that that’s what people tend to do to each other. Your parents may try to protect you, and tell you to get real, and quit dreaming. Your friends may say that you’re a day dreamer, and you should get a real job. Your acquaintances may think that your dreams are foolish, and they may think that because they don’t want you getting hurt, or because they’re jealous. Our dreams, by the time that we reach adulthood, are often put on the back burner and forgotten. All because we are told to “get real”, and follow the 95% that are miserable with their lives, and/or just getting by financially.
So, Rudy, at one point in the movie was dissuaded by one of his high school teachers, a priest, just as he was going to board a bus that was taking students to tour the Notre Dame campus. Rudy was excited, and right when he was the next person that was to get on the bus, that’s when the teacher stopped him and asked him what he thought he was doing, and told him he would never go to Notre Dame, because he didn’t have the grades. Rudy walked away from the bus that day, and this delayed his actually playing for Notre Dame about four years.
One day, during those four years, his best friend, someone who always believed in him, had an accident at that steel mill where they both worked, and Rudy saw his best friend get killed. This reignited his Definite Major Purpose in his life, and he focused once again on what was really important to him, playing football at Notre Dame. (Spoiler alert!) He finally did achieve what he always dreamed of, although it wasn’t easy.
This made me think about an interesting thing that we learned in the Master Key System. We were taught something called, The Law of Dual Thought. The Law of Dual Thought states that, “Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.” We were also taught to read our DMP’s with enthuuuuuusiasm, like Mark Januszewski likes to say, and emotion. This gets our goals and dreams into our subconscious, and creates a demand in our subby. This demand causes our subconscious mind to work 24/7 to meet the demand we put on it. It’s like emotion is the glue that makes our dreams stick, and become real.
I once read somewhere, that at times of heightened emotion, is when change happens in a person. Infusing our DMP with emotion creates changes in our subconscious, and change happens. When Rudy’s saw his best friend killed, his emotions were heightened, and Rudy’s mindset changed, and his life changed. He stopped listening to the people that were jealous of his dreams, or were trying to “protect” him, and started living by the compass – with complete focus on his purpose.
I could go on and on, but I’ll stop. These are the most important things that I gleaned from watching this movie. First of all, hold on to your dreams, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish something that you set your mind to. Also, infuse your dreams with emotion, and create a demand on your subconscious, so it will help you achieve the things you want whether it’s playing for Notre Dame, or owning a red Lamborghini. You CAN do it… Just FOCUS with a BURNING DESIRE, and never be dissuaded.