Mark Twain and his relation to Rocky V and Silvester Stallone

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I am just browsing through the different blogs that I am reading, winding down a day of meetings, coaching sessions and preparations for the upcoming second module of the Language and Behaviour Profile Training.

While doing this, I came across this old quote by Mark Twain:

“”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This then through me to the older movie Rocky V played by Silvester Stallone and published in 2006. I watched it last night. It is the movie in which the older Rocky comes out of retirement for one last fight against a young new boxing champion.

He initially applies for his boxing license, which is rejected by the board, despite the fact that he meets all their criteria. He nearly gives up, but on the way out, he turns around and shares with the board his unhappiness. He says that on the way of getting older, he has learnt to let go of a lot of things and that there is hardly anything left. That he has the feeling that there is more, and that the fire for boxing, the passion to be in the ring, is still burning inside of him.

Ultimately, he gets the license. In the ring and fighting against the young boxer, he is badly beaten up, at first. He gets threw the fight, and in the end, he says to his manager, that now he has released the passion inside of him. Now he can feel completed (be aware that I don’t quote directly, but summarise from memory).

The interesting part is that in the beginning of the movie, he speaks slowly, quietly, like a beaten man. When it comes to boxing, he becomes alive and his voice tone changes. He is lit up, inside!

Too many times, we humans, in the process of growing up, learn how to give up. It starts early in life. Children who are playful get disciplined in kindergardens and schools. Their creativity is stiffled. The threat to lose a job, and then you “obey” to your bosses commands. Staying in a job that you don’t like. Many of us are unhappy. A marriage that doesn’t work out but you stay on for reasons that sound shallow and vague. The risk you want to take in doing things on your own, making a difference, and then, you don’t do it, because of security consciousness.

I discovered that somehow, life takes care of you. It is a hard life, and won’t get easier over time. But it is a fun life, and the only one you have. Just ponder for a moment, now, about Mark Twain’s quote.

Just dream for a moment. What happened to your dreams that you had? Which one do you have now? Which one do you pursue, actively, and not just hide in your heart?

Be very honest with yourself. And then, ask yourself – what is the one thing that you could do, today or tomorrow, but not later than that, that will make a major difference in you life?


Andreas is the founder of Asia Mind Dynamics and a certified trainer of internationally recognised certification programmes:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP),
  • NLP Coach Training with the Coaching Division of ABNLP,
  • The Words That Change Minds -Language and Behaviour Profile of which he also is one of 17 Global Master Trainers
  • Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques at the Masters Level with the International Timeline Therapy Association
  • Hypnosis with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
  • Master Trainer with the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT).

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