Each and every journey begins with the first step. And the first step toward championship living is the will to win. Not ability, or skill or knowledge. Just will. A young man named Rudy dreamed of attending the University of Notre Dame and playing football for legendary coach Parseegian. He wasn’t the biggest, he wasn’t the strongest or the fastest football player ever to suit up, but he had the one essential ingredient that lead to the fulfillment of his dream: an iron will. He went through disappointments, setbacks and slammed doors, but he willed his way to Notre Dame and onto the football field. In fact, Rudy’s family came to see the last game of the only season he played, and witnessed him being carried off of the field in triumph. Rudy was the last Notre Dame Player to be carried off of the field.
James “Jimmy the Bulldog of Bergen” Braddock was called “Cinderella Man.” He won the heavyweight boxing championship of the world by sheer will. Braddock was a professional boxer who broke his hand in the ring and had to resort to working on the loading docks to earn a living. When the stock market crashed he lost his life savings, so during The Great Depression, he fought outside of the ring for his children to have milk to drink and a warm bed to sleep in. He fought to keep his family together after he went on public assistance and could not afford to pay to keep the lights on. And yet after all he went through, he willed his way to defeat the heavily favored defending champion in 1934 not because he outwitted or out foxed his opponent, but because he would not be denied. Continue reading