Sylvester Stallone: You can’t be alone to really succeed

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Sylvester Stallone talks life, integrity and success

The iconic boxer from the big screen Sylvester Stallone posted a new video on his profile on Instagram. The footage belongs to the Rocky movies where the legendary actor shares his thoughts on life with the Goalcast.

“My daughter, @sistinestallone [Sistine Stallone], came across this video that I had forgotten about. It is a good reminder of how the journey and perseverance can pay off for the rest of your life,” Sylvester Stallone wrote in the caption.

In the first part “Sly” talks the beginning of the time, his tough financial situation. He also reveals that he was working from the instinct.

“I had like $106 in the bank. Like I said, I had to sell my dog. Things were not looking very, very good. My $40 dollar car had just blown up, so I was talking a bus to work.”

“I had no film history, no real film knowledge. I was just working from, I guess, instinct. I knew this was like the moment of truth.”

“They said: Sylvester, are you ready? I said, No, but Rocky is.”

Stallone then says that the most of the sporting films he was going to had predominantly the same plot. However he wanted to show the winning aspect from a different angle.

“So often, I had gone to fight films or sporting films. Yes, we’re going to go out there, we’re going to knock them out, you’re going to win.”

“I said, no. I’m not going to win. I’m going to get destroyed.”

This is from where the “keep punching” concept has likely evolved. Stallone shares his vision on life and what it takes to get to the point when you are able to say “I lived life with integrity.”

“But if I can just be lucid, if I can still be standing on my feet… You know what? Then life isn’t so bad.”

“I think, again, symbolically, at the very end of our lives, if we can still say you know, we were never humbled. We were knocked down, but we got up,. And I can say I lived life with integrity.”

“I took all the blows and I still prevailed, I think that’s a good epitaph for anyone. That’s what I try to capture in this film.”

Furthermore the role model for many, Sylvester Stallone has already then outlined the “one man, no man” idiom. It perhaps can be also read through the Southpaw (2015) movie with Jake Gyllenhaal starring.

“But more importantly, you can’t be alone”

“To really succeed no man really is an island. When you find the right components in your life, the right people that gel with you, then you feel as though you’re invincible.”

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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