“There Ain’t No ‘Can’t'”


In one of the greatest sequels of all time, Rocky II, Micky Goldmill says, “What’s ‘can’t’? There ain’t no ‘can’t’!!!” It’s a simple sentence, (And one that has not only a double, but a triple-negative!), yet it is elegant in its clear message. The character of Mickey was, at many points of most of the series of movies, a perfect motivator. He executed grammatically incorrect, inspirational wisdom that has, at times rung in my ears at opportune moments in my life, almost as if dialogue from the movies was now engraved upon my soul. The Rocky movies motivated me at a young age, and continue to inspire me today. A lot of life’s lessons and the answers to many of life’s doubts & questions can be found among the dialogue and memorable and even some of the average, not-so-memorable moments in the films. I have always considered Mickey’s wise words regarding the word, ‘can’t’. His emphasis is literally true about everything in life. It’s the moment when you either tell yourself that you do or you don’t believe in yourself. Anything is possible if you believe it CAN be! Anything. So take Mick’s advice, and believe. Say it. Everyday…..                             “There ain’t no ‘can’t’!”

Hope you’re all ready to break out of this deep freeze (if you’re here with us in the North East), and I hope you are all having a reflective Lent, growing better spiritually, physically, intellectually, mentally, and emotionally. God bless you all, and don’t lose hope in our world. We will make it good again. It CAN be done.

De Oppresso Liber

Until next month, John D.

About the author

John M. Di Fazio II
John M. Di Fazio II

John M Di Fazio II is a nutrition consultant, a personal trainer, and a massage therapist and has twenty years of experience working in the fitness industry. He was employed by Gold's Gym for thirteen years and in 2005 co-founded Remedy Fitness, a unique fitness establishment located in East Setauket, New York. While in the employ of Gold's Gym, he was recruited into Nutritionalysis, a nutrition company based in Venice Beach, California that specialized in individualized nutrition programs, and received his certification. Excelling in the field, his clientele grew by thousands. While establishing such a full clientele in nutrition and personal training, John also graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a bachelors degree in philosophy and also graduated from the New School for Holistic Health & Research on Long Island, New York with a degree and a New York State license for massage therapy.

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