Keep it Simple While Bleeding and Coming Back

At times, leadership wisdom is written into film scripts. One example is from a 2016 film called Bleed for This starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart. The film is based on a true story of the boxer Vinny Pazienza. The story comes from his amazing comeback after a serious automobile accident resulting in a broken neck. Against all odds, Pazienza came back to beat Roberto Duran twice.

Here are some of the lines from the movie regarding how someone can achieve a nearly impossible goal:

  • A reporter asks Pazienza: “What’s the truth?” (regarding his success in beating the great Roberto Duran).
  • Pazienza says: “I had a lot of help.” (Family, friends, and his trainer of course)
  • “Filled with promises when most turn out to be lies, you can’t rely on anyone,” he adds.
  • “The biggest lie they tell over and over again to get me to give up is – ‘It’s not that simple Vinnie.’ ”
  • “So, what’s the truth?” the reporter repeats.
  • Vinnie gives his final answer: “That it is.”
  • The boxer adds, “That if you just do the thing that they tell you you can’t – then it’s done. You realize it is that simple, and it always was.”

Now that’s wisdom about simplicity and goal completion.  It always was and always will be.

What helps you complete a challenging goal?


Enjoy your day.



Bleed for This.  Starring Miles Teller.  2016 Film made by Open Road Films. Written and directed by Ben Younger.

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