S02:E12: Notre Dame Football Legend Rudy Ruettiger Conquers Odds & Hearts #RudyMovie

S02:E12: Notre Dame Football Legend Rudy Ruettiger Conquers Odds & Hearts #RudyMovie

How you perceive yourself will shape what you become. Football legend and inspirational speaker, Rudy Ruettiger is an all-American hero whose story captured the hearts of millions in the 1993 Hollywood blockbuster, Rudy. How did he persevere through cumbersome dyslexia, bad grades, and disadvantageous stature to become a star player on Notre Dame’s football team? Rudy shares how having a dream, what he calls ‘the edge’, sheer determination, and asking “why not” in the face of his critics got him where he is today. Rudy’s inspirational journey is a perfect showcase of the fortitude a person must find in their core to succeed.

We take a break from Rudy’s words of wisdom to sink our teeth into a more pressing issue, the amazing food of Black’s Sliders’! Black’s Sliders’ food truck has brought their tasty meats to the historical Star Mill in Utah. The mouth-watering Black’s Classic Beef Slider topped with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions, and the taste-bud-tickling Black’s Deluxe Slider with sliced Roma tomatoes on a Tuscan bun, are sure to be a hit with health food seekers and die-hard carnivores alike. Black’s Sliders came into being when Chef and Owner, Aaron Black was diagnosed with cancer. With a baby on the way, Aaron chose to use hardship as a catalyst rather than succumbing to the stress of his disease. “Giving up isn’t in the story when your wife is six months pregnant and you need to be a dad,” Aaron tells us.

Aaron’s tale of courage echoes Rudy’s distinctive moxie – An important characteristic for those embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor. Hundreds of thousands of businesses are started every year; to be successful leaders must embrace failure as an integral stepping stone to a prosperous future. Find out how your ambition, hope, and tenacity can inspire others to dream big as Rudy leaves us with two important lessons to carry into our business and personal lives.

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lBqIPfMq5fM

Learn more about our guest:

On the menu:

Tasty quote to chew on:

“You don’t have to be the smartest, or the best, to be somebody. Be a great contributor, be a great teammate, and you’ll be the leader, and you’ll be hiring those guys.”

Food for thought:

  • When you get knocked down, get back up. It’s up to you to prove your critics wrong.
  • It’s better to fail than to win right away. Some of the best life lessons come from failure.
  • Don’t be afraid to dream big. Do what inspires you and you will inspire others.
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