At some point in your life, you have probably heard the term jabroni. For those of you that do not know what a jabroni is, the definition is here. In a nutshell, a jabroni is a loser, a low down wannabe, but never will be. The term is used in the Italian community to describe a low-life, good for nothing nobody. The term became most popular as a catch-phrase used by WWE wrestler The Rock. The Rock was always talking smack about beating jabronis. It was commonly used in the fighting and boxing community to describe a fall guy. A low level fighter that would fight a prize fighter to take the fall and showcase the skills of the prize fighter as an “exhibition”. No one wants to be a jabroni, a jobber, or a loser.
Probably the most infamous story of a jabroni is the story of Rocky. A movie about an up and coming boxer in Philadelphia who was given an “opportunity” to fight the world boxing champion. Everyone in the boxing world, fans and promoters alike knew what the score was. Apollo Creed, the World Heavyweight Champion, was supposed to roll into Philly and pummel the living hell out of the up and coming Rocky to show the world how good he was. It was promoted as the champion giving Rocky an opportunity to rise up, but it was all a big joke. There was just one problem.
ROCKY BALBOA WAS NOT YOUR AVERAGE JABRONI
Everyone told Rocky that it was a set-up. His friends, his trainer, his family, everyone. But to Rocky it did not matter. He was focused and determined. Rocky was on a mission to be the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. With his laser-like focus he sacrificed everything to fulfill his dream to be the very best. He had a goal and no one was going to stop him no matter who told him otherwise.
And we all know what happened in the first Rocky film. Not only did Rocky not get pummeled, he went the distance with the champion, going toe to toe to the finish ending in a draw. In the second film, Rocky got another shot, and beat the brash, larger than life champion to fulfill his destiny and become the heavyweight champion of the world.
By now you are probably thinking to yourself that Rocky was just a character in a movie. An inspiring story, but yes, it was a movie and not an actual true story. However, the real true life story is the story behind Rocky. Of an aspiring actor and writer named Sylvester Stallone.
Not only did Stallone star in Rocky, he also wrote the story. He also nearly died of poverty trying to make the story come to life.
Stallone was poor and living in a small apartment with his then wife. She kept nagging at him to give up his dreams and get a job so that he could support them, but he refused. He knew that if he settled in an average job, he would become complacent and never fulfill his dream of being writer and actor.
Finally, Stallone became so poor that his electricity was shut off. His wife finally left him, but he pursued his passion. Things got so bad and he was so hard up for money that he ended up selling his one and only best friend, his dog. After he sold his dog, he went home and cried because he felt that he failed and betrayed his best friend in the world.
But Stallone still pushed on and pursued his dream. After finishing the script for Rocky, he tried to sell it to any producer that would take it with no avail. He kept trying and trying and kept getting told no, but he did not give up. He finally met with a producer who wanted to buy the script. Stallone told the company that they could buy it, but they had to make him the lead actor in the film. When they told him no, he walked away. His demands were not met and he would not settle for second best. He could have sold the script without being in the movie and gotten a fat paycheck, but this was not good enough. He wanted it all and walked away when he was told he couldn’t have it .
Finally, a film company bought the script and agreed to put Stallone in the driver’s seat and play Rocky. He got everything he wanted for the price he wanted. He got to have his cake and eat it too. He was able to buy his dog back from the guy he sold it to, at a much steeper price than he sold him for, but it did not matter. Stallone even put the dog in the Rocky movie.
After making the first Rocky movie, Stallone catapulted into super-stardom and is making movies to this day, in his 60’s. All because he was determined, focused, disciplined, and willing to sacrifice everything to fulfill his dream.
Now, you are probably wondering why I told this story and what the point is. The point is this. Sylvester Stallone was not your average jabroni, Rocky Balboa was not your average jabroni, and YOU, sitting at your computer reading this post, are not your average jabroni.
You want the world on a silver platter? Go get it! You have dreams, goals, and things you want in life? Take it! Do you have fears and inhibitions? Get over them and take what is yours!
It is time for us to stop pussy footing around, waiting for our ship to come in, feeling sorry for ourselves, or waiting for someone to save us and time for us to rise up and take what is ours!
Is it going to be tough? Yes! Will we have to sacrifice? Yes! Will it be worth it in the end? Your’e damn right it will be!
Whatever it is that you want in life, whatever you aspire to be or do, make up your mind right this second to do it or die trying. Failing is only a temporary setback, put there to teach you how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and ride again.
The world is waiting for you to step up and get a piece of the action. Those that give up at the first sign of defeat…..are your average jabroni.
Rise up and stay strong!