“You know all there is to know about fighting, so there’s no sense in us going down that same ol’ road again. To beat this guy, you need speed.
You don’t have it. And your knees can’t take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you’ve got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out.
So what we’ll be calling on, is good ol’ fashioned blunt force trauma. Horse Power. Heavy duty, cast-iron pile-driving punches that will have to hurt so much they’ll rattle his ancestors. Everytime you hit him with a shot, it’s gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train. Yeah.
Let’s start building some hurtin’ bombs.”
-Tony Burton, Rocky Balboa (2006)
One of the great things about this notable quote is how much this applies to real life. The character Duke here is doing something that you won’t see as often as you think: He is being completely realistic, and simultaneously supportive of the main character.
Everything he said to Rocky was true. He was at a complete disadvantage. But rather than focus on those negative aspects, he decided to focus on his strengths in order to prepare him for his fight. Namely, the aforementioned blunt force trauma.
The fact of the matter is, is that every single one of us across the planet shares something in common; NONE of us are perfect. So because of that, I don’t want to see you sit around, beating yourself up about the things that you’re not good at. YOU are good at something, and quite possibly, you are the VERY BEST at something. You just haven’t discovered it yet. Stop focusing on your negatives, and start putting emphasis on your strengths.
Now, I want you to go out there and start building yourself some hurtin’ bombs.