Cinderella Man is a movie based on the true story of former prize-fighter, James Braddock, during the Great Depression of the early 1930's. Forced to quit fighting and struggling to get day labor jobs on the docks because of a hand injury, he does everything he can to keep his family fed and keep their home warm during the winter. After sending his children to live with relatives, he reluctantly accepts government relief to get his family back together.
During this dark time and after years out of the ring, his former manager called him to substitute for an injured fighter in an upcoming fight. No one thought he would last a round, but James Braddock knocked out the second-ranked opponent in the 3rd round and then went on to beat three more contenders.
Then came the opportunity to fight Max Baer, a ruthless fighter who had killed two people in the ring. The one time washed-up, broke and broken fighter, James Braddock, beat the undefeated heavyweight champion in the 15th round.
After the fight, Braddock was asked by a reporter, "You couldn't win a fight for five years, how do you explain this huge comeback?"He said, “I know what I am fighting for.” The reporter asked, “What are you fighting for?” Braddock replied, “ Milk money.”
With his winnings, he paid back the public relief money he received, with interest.
When I started selling insurance, I made cold calls from my apartment bedroom and went door-to-door in the sweltering 100 degree East Texas heat. I drove a car that was almost as old as I was and prayed I had enough gas to make it to the next appointment. I was twenty years old, did not have a college degree or career training. No company was knocking down my door to hire me, so I knew I had to fight for every sale just to pay rent and eat. I knew that if I continued to work hard, the life I imagined would change from dream to reality.
It wasn't long before my tenacity and hard work paid off and other companies took notice. Now I have the opportunity to lead and teach others. My passion is giving others the opportunity and the tools to change the course of their lives.
People always ask me how I have been able to convince talented people to take a 100% commission career opportunity and it's very simple: no one believes in this opportunity more than I do. People see my passion and what it has done for me and they want to be a part of it. At twenty-five years old, I have achieved success in business because of the hard-working people I have been surrounded by.
Whatever career you have chosen, I believe that when you know what you're fighting for, whether it's to feed your family or to be a CEO, you will achieve anything and everything you want in life.
Do you know what you're fighting for? If you don’t, I encourage you to decide what's worth fighting for and fight harder than everyone else.