It’s based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team in the Olympics. It’s about a group of guys, one in particular who wanted so bad to go to the Olympics, but lost out when he was tripped during the qualifying race. So him and three others come together in a strange way with a character played by John Candy. This movie is great when it comes to showing the true meaning of perseverance and how important it is for us as individuals to not give up.
In the movie the team runs into multiple obstacles:
2. Lack of faith: by people in their country
4. The elements: the cold, running on ice, the whole thing
6: The Olympics: They got disqualified because again, everyone thought they were a joke, an embarrassment
That’s true and real perseverance, making the decision to see what you are doing through to the end. These guys, they had every reason in the world to give up, but they didn’t. They had everything working against them, but they kept going. They had passion for what they wanted, they had a dream that they shared and they had a desire to see it through. All that hard work they did to get to that point, they could have thrown it all away because they let fear take a hold. They could have listened to all the people saying they couldn’t do it, because they thought they were ridiculous.
We have to choose to persevere in our lives, we will have obstacles and we will have plenty of things like this standing in our way. People who will doubt us, who will think we are crazy, they may even laugh at us. We can let them tell us what we are good for, tear down our dreams and our desires for ourselves or we can fight back and show them that we can do it.
When things look hard or get hard, don’t give up. Remember what it is you are doing and focus on it. Don’t listen to those who would tear you down, instead of supporting you. Don’t let people tell you that you are wrong, wasting your time or living in a dream world. If it matters to you, if it truly matters to you…then go after it and don’t stop till you get it! You can’t give up, because it gets hard. You can’t give up, because people don’t get it. You have to keep pushing.
There is no failure in trying, there is only failure in not trying. So don’t give up, don’t allow excuses to get in your way…keep going!! And PERSEVERE!!!