When it comes to modern classic films that have cult-like followings, titles such as Karate Kid, Top Gun and Rocky IV come to my mind. It may differ with you, however the one constant in all of these films are: memorable quotes. A specific quote, whether serious or humorous can immortalize a movie for someone. The following films listed above have done that for me.
However there is one such film that has epitomized a very memorable quote for me and my life more than any other. Before I give you the quote, Point Break was a film that was released in 1991 starring Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey and the late Patrick Swayze. The synopsis was Reeves whom play Johnny Utah, an ex-college football player turned FBI whom goes undercover to stop a gang of adrenaline misfits whom have a series of bank robberies. Within this plot comes a relationship between Reeves character and “Bohdi” played by Swayze. As the relationship escalates, Utah experiences many new and exciting adventures, mainly surfing, it’s through this relationship that some of the greatest quotes are formulated that have stuck with me in every aspect of my life.
Before I share the ultimate, here are some snippets:
Bodhi: It’s basic dog psychology, if you scare them and get them peeing down their leg, they submit. But if you project weakness, that promotes violence, and that’s how people get hurt.
Bodhi: If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.
Johnny Utah: Vaya con Dios, Brah.
Bodhi: They only live to get radical.
Bodhi: [during a skydiving game of chicken with Johnny, both falling with no parachute open] Six seconds. We’re going to be meat waffles.
Bodhi: Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll.
[after a long discussion about which parachute Johnny Utah should use]
Johnny Utah: You gonna jump or jerk off?
Bodhi: Yo, Johnny! I see you in the next life!
Bodhi: What’s the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something. We are here to show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human sprit is still alive. Don’t worry about this guy, okay? I know exactly what to do with him.
Bodhi: Look at it! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let me go out there and let me get one wave, just one wave before you take me in. I mean, come on man, where I am I gonna go? Cliffs on both sides! I’m not gonna paddle my way to New Zealand! Come on, compadre. Come on!
…Now don’t get me wrong, some of these are hilarious, however through the humor, there is one line that tends to stick with me in all aspects of my life. As a wave rider myself, I understood its content. It’s the deeper, this more inspirational meaning that has followed me to every nook and cranny of my life and business.
“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.” –Bohdi
It seriously gives me goosebumps anytime I read, repeat, or hear it.
Friends, I cannot tell you how true this quote is. If you take this in the context of extreme surfing or any extreme activity where death is the ultimate consequence, it’s typically hesitation that will cause accidents and in some cases death, which is the exact result that one is looking to avoid at all cost. So because of this fear, it caused hesitation that lead to that fear turning reality.
I hope you are following.
I presume many car accidents could have been avoided if the fear of what was happening, did not paralyze the driver to hesitate in taking a different course of action immediately.
(How does this relate to business? I’m getting there.)
True Story, my fiancée once ran an “orange” (yellow turning red) light and was pulled over by a police officer. She was obviously upset and after issuing the officer her license and registration to the officer, he explained to her how she “ran the light.” She responded nervously and assertively with, “officer, my boyfriend always told me not to hesitate, because fear causes hesitation and hesitation will cause your worst nightmares to come true!” According to her the officer seemed rather intrigued… no ticket was issued. Ha!
Moving forward with home –based business and internet marketing, many people are presented with an opportunity to begin the process of creating change. They are presented the opportunity, the company and the compensation and for that moment, once completed, there is a peace and excitement that enters the entrepreneurial soul of every individual in the finality of avoiding mediocrity, to avoid a lifetime of financial struggle, to avoid their own personal greatest fear in life! It’s at that very moment there appears the choice to move forward with immediate action or to hesitate. “I’ll think about it,” “let me check with my spouse,” “Let me do some research,” … AKA: Hesitation.
For those of you whom are well-versed in this industry, you understand that hesitation is typically equivalent to a “no” and/or “never.” Thus it’s this hesitation that will lead them to experience their worst fear coming true ….slowly…. which is even worse. A life of mediocrity, linear income, limited time to pursue passion and spend with their family, and/or declined health. Every single fear they were looking to avoid!
With respect to the recent Winter Olympics, ask an Olympian if this quote is true for them. Imagine training your entire life to hesitate when it matters most… talk about their worst fear coming true!
When it’s time to lose weight; don’t hesitate, when it’s time to follow and pursue your passion; don’t hesitate, when it’s time to take advantage of an opportunity; don’t hesitate.
When it’s time to pick up the phone and make that call; don’t hesitate! That very fear that causes hesitation will give birth to much worse in whatever case you identify the quote with.
Action cures fear.
Without fear, there is no hesitation,