Just saw the movie Invincible, the true story of a down-on-his-luck teacher and part-time bartender named Vince Papale, who moved from the stands to the gridiron as a walk on for the Philadelphia Eagles during the time of Coach Vermeil. I am a sucker for movies like this. I thought about several lessons…First, we make some of our best moves in life when we finally hit bottom and understand that it’s time to live. Hitting bottom is not a comfortable place to be, but we often can’t get a clear vision of life until we are stripped of all the things that most people rely on to just get by. Somehow during these moments a new vision of life and its possibilities emerges.
Second, when we hit bottom there isn’t a huge cheering section. Vince’s wife left him, writing him a note that goaded him on to succeed. It, in effect, said he would never amount to anything. He took that note with him to football training camp and kept it in his locker to remind him that he had to succeed. Don’t wait for the applause to move up; it’s not going to be there. It’s about something more interior than that. It’s about finding out who you are and what you really want.
Third, the friends who were with you and stayed with you when you were down are your true friends. Success brings all kinds of “friends.” Failure weeds them out. Another good thing about failure, by the way!!
Four, don’t ever stop growing and dreaming. Get on the cutting edge of something. You were made by God to rule. Find your thing to conquer and get busy.