Week 14 – Rudy and Four Basic Habits

For this week’s assignment we were given an assignment to watch one or all four films and linking the four habits that we have been practicing that make up persistence:

  1. Definite Major Purpose (DMP), having a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillmentrudy-quote
  2. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), a mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends & acquaintances.
  3. Plan of Action (POA),  a definite plan, expressed in continuous action
  4. Master Mind (MMA), friendly alliances with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

Not paying attention to the instructions given I watched all four before I realized the requirement was to watch at least one.  It definitely was worth watching all four films.

It was hard to decide but the movie that really inspired me the most was the movie called Rudy

Cool Runninghowever each movie illustrated special points, for example:  I thought Cool Running concentrated on teamwork.  I learned more about faith from October Sky.October SkyDoor to DoorI thought Door to Door highlighted persistence.

Rudy the Movie

Rudy is based on the story of Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame football team despite being told that he was “too small” to play college football.

I learned more about touching and feeling your dreams from Rudy this week and I learned more about myself by cultivating the observer within – and allowing myself to believe those observations.

DMP – Rudy clearly had the edge in a rock-solid definite major purpose and burning desire.

PMA – Positive Mental Attitude:  All throughout the movie there is evidence of Rudy’s positive mental attitude. His brothers laughed at him when he announced that he would play for Notre Dame one day. His Dad tells him to give up his dreams because it hurts those around him. His fiancée wouldn’t wait for him to finish the university.  With all of these negative and emotional influences, Rudy persevered.  There were many scenes that stood out; one for example is when he introduced himself to the coach for the first time that will be a part of his DMP even before it happened.  Rudy wasn’t even in that university to be considered to be on the team, and yet replies as though he is already on the team and tells the coach that he looks forward to working with him.

POA – Plan of Action:  In order for Rudy to play for the Notre Dame he had to attend the University of Notre Dame.  Due to his marginal grades he had to do his early college work at the nearby Holy Cross College.  He put in a lot of work despite being told there was only a slim chance he would be able to attend University of Notre Dame.

MMA – Master Mind Alliance:  There were several people that rooted for Rudy and his dream. And when Rudy needed it, they pushed him to keep chasing his dream.

When we hold our dream close;  live it every day;  and surround our self with positive believers, concentrate our efforts to achieving our dreams, it will come true.  It’s easy to become distracted by other things that life throws at us or to just give it up because we allow the naysayers to suck our passion out of our dreams.  It’s a choice that is presented to us several times every day. What we choose is what determines how much closer we are at the end of the day and where we start from for the next day.

Cool Running

Thanks for reading,

Bill Trump

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2 thoughts on “Week 14 – Rudy and Four Basic Habits

  1. Luc Griffet

    Bill, thank you for your in depth summary of Rudy, this is so far the only film I couldn’t see yet, as I couldn’t find it here in Europe…You gave me the desire to have another attempt finding the film here, I’ll let you know :)

  2. Michael James

    I have seen Rudy a couple of times so I didn’t watch it. After reading your post I think I will watch it again but with a different frame of mind. Thanks!


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