Why Fighters Fight …..and Empires Fall.

December 23, 2009 at 7:55 am (Life in General, Sales and Business)

“Fighters FIGHT….!!!”

That was a comment from “Lil Marie” in the movie Rocky Balboa [blu-ray] [2006]. She was talking to Rocky, re-assuring him that he must go out and do what he knew in his heart he wanted to do. She spoke about the drive of a fighter in the ring. “It’s what they do”.

There is something seemingly very bizarre but also very captivating about someone who will risk life and limb to walk into the squared circle to face another of equal size and strength and accept the very real probability of taking a beating.

For what?

For the payment of a few hundred bucks, sometimes not enough to cover the hospital bills after?

From the outside, it looks that way but when you get to know these people, you realise it becomes MUCH more than that. It comes down to who they are. The love of the contest. The ability to put themselves against their greatest fears and enjoy the accolades, win or lose, at the outcome.

They love it for the test. For the confrontation. For the self-respect of giving every ounce of themselves in that one moment and the respect that they develop for the person who stands in opposition, who has taken everything given and was still standing. You may not like it… but you have got to respect it.

A fighter is someone with drive, passion and heart. They are hungry and hugely motivated . In this case, its due to the downside risk is not worth thinking about.

Fighters are everywhere around us. I am betting you are a fighter. Maybe not in the ring or in the gym and I certainly hope not in the street… But I bet you are a fighter in  your work, in your relationship, in your past time, where ever your passion lies. Someone who will go the extra mile just because you need to.

The world needs more fighters. When a business, a relationship, a family or a country, loses their “fighters” they become impotent. There is no drive. There is no passion.

I am of a very strong opinion that when things get too easy, people become complacent and they lose their drive and passion. When people become complacent, we let things slip. When we let things slip, life takes a dip.

My father often says, about wealth in families is that ” It takes one generation to make it, one generation to hold it and one generation to lose it…” I agree with that and I have seen it happen many times. The reason, I believe, is that the generation that loses it has forgotten what their grandparents did to achieve it. They are not the same kind of people that their grandparents were and will not do what they did in order to generate that wealth. 

But lets take this onto a bigger scale. Lets take this onto a business, national or even global scale.

The business archives are littered with entrepreneurial start-up businesses that “made it big” in the short-term and then were purchased by a bigger company, only to be run by people who lack the hunger that the former owner, the founder had. A great deal of the time that passion and energy is lost in the translation. It’s not “filtered down from the top” like it used to be. The employees don’t have that energy or passion to “feed off” anymore.

On an even larger scale lets look at what History has shown us about civilization.

There is not a single nation or Empire that has ever survived its own success. Go back to the Kings of Spain, The Roman Empire, The Aztecs, The Incas.  

We can even go closer to home. The British Empire that at one stage reached halfway across the Globe. Possibly even whats happening in America now. Every one of these nations have been in much stronger positions than they currently are in.

Now lets look to the emergence of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and other developing countries who do our production at cents on the dollar. How hungry are they? How determined? In some stages even, How desperate?

My belief is that people are very strongly influenced by their environments. If things are easy for people, they become accustomed to it and they start self-indulgent. That is when complacency sets in.

I recently did some outsourcing of admin work to a company in India. I sent them the brief and the material that I wanted produced and was astounded to hear that they offered me the option of a 95%, 97% or 99% accuracy rate. I asked how they qualified the variance in work and the reply was “Well, it comes down to the number of people we have checking the work….” I was also impressed to know that they worked on my project for all 24 hours in a day. When I received the work, I opened up the spreadsheet and the first thought was “We (the West) are in a world of trouble”. The accuracy, work-to-spec, time frames and costs were incredible.

These people are hungry. They WANT the work and are prepared to do it. They are fighters.

Now currently, the West is still very powerful and still controls a great deal of the finance and Intellectual Property of the world but make no mistake, the hungriest people out there are going to be the ones committing themselves to what they have to achieve. We all know that the more committed you are, the better results you are going to get.

The hungrier you are, be it for accolades, respect of others, your own expectation of being the best or just purely survival,  the more passion and commitment you will have.

In conclusion, what I am saying is that if you are looking to better your situation, you need to have a reason to do it. A reason that drives you – a compelling reason. That is what keeps you constantly developing and growing. If you don’t have that hunger and you are happy with your “lot”, complacency sets in and you can end up losing what you have. This can be related to so many things in life and is critically important in 5 of the most important areas of life : Health, Relationships, Career, Finances and Spirituality.

Find you reason WHY you have got to improve your situation and you will get the results. 😉 This, is truly one of my greatest life lessons ever learnt.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you” for reading my blog. Rate it, pass it on to friends, subscribe to notifications if you would like to be kept in the loop but above all, an absolutely OUTSTANDING Christmas for you and your family.

I won’t wish you “Happy New Year” yet as I will aim to post another one just before New Year 😉





  1. andrew sellar said,

    Solid advice there mate and again a perspective/line of thought only the Harrison can put down..great work

  2. greg said,

    again an thought that makes you want to find your passions , thanks Harry

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