Creed: A Tale of Self-Determination

Michael B. Jordan stars as the illegitimate son of the late and great boxer Apollo Creed, appropriately named Adonis, in this film directed by Ryan Coogler. Creed starts by following Adonis from fighting in Mexico in a beautifully shot, one-cut scene, to him 12 hours later at his day job in sunny Los Angeles. He then quits his job to pursue fighting full time, and who does he go to for training? The old man who killed his old man, Rocky Balboa. Adonis turns down his high paying, white collar, stable job for the life of a fighter, the life his father had. Several times upon his journey in the film he is question about his intelligence and why he wants to be a fighter, and I find myself asking the same question. Why would someone who is clearly very smart, and was already very successful, want to be a fighter and get paid to take and give punches? The answer is very simple, he wants to. He wants to live the life his father had. He wants to train at 5:45am. He wants to get beaten up. But more than all of that, he wants to prove he isn’t a mistake. He wants to prove that he isn’t a “false Creed,” and that he isn’t just some over-night fame story built around a name.

The thing that stuck with me most was the lesson of determination from Adonis. Adonis had a goal, and he got it done. He didn’t use any excuses, he just got it done. He did what he had to do to accomplish his dreams. I applaud him for that and it’s a reminder for myself and for everyone that we need to make our dreams happen. Dreams don’t become real overnight. Dreams become dreams overnight, but turn into reality through reality. If we really want something we must get it done no matter what the cost. If we aren’t willing to pay the piper for our dream, then it isn’t what we really want. If you want to lose weight, work out, start dieting. If you want to increase your intelligence, read books, take an online class. If you want to become more sociable, go out and talk to people. If you want to be happy, chase your happiness. No matter what that entails. Happiness is the most important thing in life. Not money, not family, not possessions, happiness. Now the argument can be made that all of those things bring happiness, and that is one-hundred percent true. But that doesn’t negate that happiness is a separate entity. You can have money, family, possessions, but not happiness. If you really want something, you need to get it. Or else you be stuck with regretting not chasing the dream for the rest of you life. We both don’t want that, so why take the risk of it. If you want something get it.