6 BIG Dream Lessons from Cinderella Man

A couple nights ago I watched Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe for the first time (yeah, I know it came out 5 years ago). Especially considering the economic times that we currently live in, it was a truly empowering story of resilience, perseverance, courage, humility, and dignity in the face of overwhelming personal and financial challenges.

If you don’t already know, this movie was based on the true story of boxer James J. Braddock during the Great Depression. After injuries and age derailed a successful boxing career, prompting the boxing commission to revoke his license, he and his family fell on really hard times. With work hard to come by, he had to go on public assistance and almost lost his house and family. After two years out of the sport, a lucky break allowed him to get back into boxing on a one-fight deal, and he eventually ascended all the way to become  a most unlikely heavyweight champion of world. Joe Louis, one of the greatest boxers of all time, said Braddock was “the most courageous fighter I ever fought.

Here are 6 BIG Dream lessons that I gleaned from the movie…

  1. Your ultimate purpose is bigger than an individual goal – Fighting for a world championship is great. Fighting for your family is greater. His ultimate dream was to give his wife and three children a great life.
  2. Turn what’s broken into your benefit – Breaking his right hand allowed his left hand to get stronger so that when he made his comeback, he was a more complete boxer who could punch hard with both hands.
  3. Always remember what you’re fighting for – One of the best lines in the movie came when a reporter asked Braddock before the world championship fight what was his motivation for fighting. Braddock’s simple but profound answer was, “Milk.” The simple things in life can often be our biggest motivators.
  4. Stick to what you know best – He approached his profession seriously and was extremely confident – not cocky – in his skills. He worked hard to be the best and never quit. In all his fights he was never knocked out.
  5. Use where you come from to push you where you’re going – During his successful comeback, he always remembered what it was like to have nothing. He stayed humble throughout his ascension, because he realized how close he had come to losing everything and how easily he could fall back into that place.
  6. Stay focused on your family – No matter how difficult your life gets, never lose focus on the ones who are closest to you.

Don’t allow your challenges to cancel your dreams. If you want help turning your tragedy into triumph, join me at the Dream B.I.G. in 3D Live! Workshop on Saturday, April 17 in Marietta, GA. Click here to learn more.

What did you think about these points? How have you been able to overcome your challenges to pursue your dreams?

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.


Dare to dream again in 2010!

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