Perseverance Personified: Playing the Part with Rudy Ruettiger
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Growing up, many of us found inspiration in the 1993 film "Rudy" and its portrayal of unwavering perseverance. However, the true story of Rudy Ruettiger, the man who served as the film's inspiration, is even more motivating. Rudy's struggles in making the movie, from getting his story out to seeing the film through to completion, are far more inspiring than the finished product.

Rudy grew up in a large family and idolized his hardworking father, who worked three jobs to support his family of fourteen children. Seeing the sense of pride and hope his father felt each time Notre Dame won a football game, Rudy set his sights on one day playing for the team himself.

Despite facing many obstacles, Rudy remained persistent in pursuing his dreams. He applied to Notre Dame multiple times before finally being accepted, and even after that, he faced eight years of setbacks and rejections in his attempts to get his story out to the world. However, his "nothing-to-lose-attitude" and unwavering determination kept him going.

Rudy's resilience and positive outlook are a testament to the power of hard work and determination. Tune in on this conversation and let it become a reminder that no matter how daunting the challenge, we should never give up on our dreams. Through Rudy's example, we can learn to embrace setbacks and turn them into opportunities to grow and persevere.

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