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There are many wonderful things that movies illustrate. Today’s lessons come from the 1976 Oscar winner, “Rocky”

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach And I thought I would do a little more light video and release a video topic called "job search lessons from movies." I think this applies more broadly than job search, but I'm just going to deal with it in job search. And I chose the movie, "Rocky" which I just started watching again on Amazon Prime, and I've been a big fan of this series for a long time. Not all the movies are good, quite obviously, butthe first one, in particular, carries a wonderful lesson I think all of us can take away. I'll apply it to myself in an earlier stage in life.
And the lesson really starts off with the initial work begins in private. It begins away from the public eye, away from being visible. The practice, the effort, the hard work starts in private.
in the movie, this is depicted by Sylvester Stallone who's playing the character of Rocky. He Gets up early one morning after he's been chosen to fight the heavyweight champion as a no name, no nothing bum and he gets up early one morning, 4:00 a.m,I believe is what's on the alarm clock and it is a cold water flat apartment in Philadelphia.
He gets up, stumbles over the to the refrigerator, takes out a bunch of eggs, cracks,I think it's a half a dozen eggs ,into a classand drinks the egg yolks. Then, from there, he gets into his gray sweat suit and, then, starts rumbling around outside doing his run. He's in no shape. He can barely move. But at 4 a.m., with the lights dark and everyone in bed, the character goes out and starts to jog and begin his effort to get into shape.
For many of us in job search or in other areas,the initial lesson is you start quietly. You start by doing "the work." You may not be perfect at it butyou start by doing the work. You try. You put in effort.
And then the second lesson from the movie is he realizes ,even though he's angry at his former manager who took this stuff out of his locker and gave it away to someone else and put his clothes in a bag in the locker room in an area that's nickname, "Skid Row "what he realizes is that he needs him.
He runs after him ,as the character played by Burgess Meredith, startswalking down the block, defeated. He runs after him to tell him he's going to want to hire him to manage him. We need people in our lives who can do the thinking for us so we can just put in the effort and energy into doing what's necessary.
We can follow directions instead of having to figure it out. It's like, well, I'll simply say, most recently when I wanted to lose weight,I had tried a lot of different ways to lose weight and I decided one day enough was enough. I would work with atrainer and get coached into it .I lost like 25 pounds in another stage in my life, the hard work, the the doing the work in private was when I and a number of other men I knew decided to run the New York Marathon.
I was in no shape to run a marathon. I had spent two years just doing basic jogging. I got to the point doing a half marathon and was exhausted when I finished. In this particular case. I remember after taking a couple of weeks off from the half, I would start doing the work on the full marathon and I would go out there, early in the morning ,and just do the road work to initially build my way up to running six days a week with one day off and then to seven days a week so I would be ready to run that race.
Everyone around me initially went, "YIPPEE! You're running a marathon! Yay for you!" And then they all disappeared and I was left to do the work in private.
And, then, as I got closer to the race, everyone resurfaced again and "you still running the marathon," and they were out there cheering! But were they with me when I did the work?
Well, I got myself some of the coach me, to help me do the work necessary to run this race? No. A lot of the work was done out of the public eye. It was done away from being visible. You may not even have a lot of supporters, but you just need one– – someone to encourage you. Someone to push you. Someone to cajole you, to get into your head, to remind you what you're going for.
It's not enough to do it on your own. You need advice around you. You need an ally, just like in this movie, the lead character woundup with an ally can help them. And then of course, there's the ally of his wife that's a different part of the conversation. I'll just said. It's a great lesson than most of you can learn from.
You think you can just go out there and explode onto the scene and win and be a champion? No, it takes lots of road work, lots of effort in private, and, ideally, and I have to say "ideally" because some people do it without a trusted advisor approach to help you cross the finish line.
I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter.. If you're interested in my coaching you, visit my website, Use the tabs on top to choose the service that you're interested in. I'd love to help you win at this particular race.
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Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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