Running the Mile of Life You're in


If you’ve ever seen Rocky III, or heard the song “Eye of the Tiger”, you’ll know the lyrics “Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive”

In Rocky III, Rocky Balboa learns the value of never losing sight of the goal and staying hungry. That’s harder than it sounds. Keeping yourself hungry and ready to move on to the next level is a constant battle. That’s why so many people don’t make it through college. That’s why so many people settle for a mediocre job. That’s why so many people give up on their dreams. Just like Rocky had Mickey Goldmill played by Burgess Meredith, and Apollo Creed, as a coach, you’ll need one too.

A good coach doesn’t just do the bare minimum of encouraging a student or a protégé to keep at it. Coaches possess a deep knowledge of the field that their students are trying to excel in. Naturally, they’re aware of the pitfalls and the problems that can occur down the line. Take Rocky Balboa again. In Rocky III, Mickey Goldmill tells Rocky that he’s done the worst thing that a fighter can do, “Ya got civilized.” As in any other field, not just boxing, you have to keep being hungry and keep moving forward. That’s what a coach gets out of you. They’re there when you’ve won a championship to say, “You’ve still got a long way to go”. Of course, they’re also there to congratulate their students too. However, running a lap or winning a championship isn’t comparable to running the mile of life. That is a competition that takes focus beyond a trophy, award, or promotion. You can only stay on the track if you keep remembering why you’re in it in the first place. Coaches Help Ignite a Fire in You Coaches don’t just inspire discipline and hard work; they also light a fire within you. Take the example of Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the Television in America. He was a young boy growing up on a farm in America who had dreams. He may have never followed them if he wasn’t validated by his high school chemistry teacher, Justin Tolman. At an early age, Mr. Tolman recognized the talent in young Farnsworth and encouraged him to pursue his dream. Later in life, when Philo was fighting to prove who invented the TV, Mr. Tolman came to his rescue. He showed the court a drawing that young Farnsworth had presented to him when he was a teenager. It matched up with the designs of a working television set. So coaches don’t just give you a little push in the beginning, they’re there to help you until you finish. That’s why running the mile of life requires a helping hand.