Video Find: Hunger for life – Al Pacino philosophy

So I’m still working on editing the next video but I thought I’d like to share with you my all time favorite speech found in a movie. Taste the passion in this nugget of a clip (heads up, a curse or two.)

I’ve watched this clip many times in the last two years. I’ve watched it when I needed to desperately let go of frustration, and before important steps in my small life. This clip is that good, and puts into words how I often feel.

Around four years ago I chose to tear myself to pieces to become as real and pragmatic as possible. The line “we claw with our fingernails for that inch” and “I know if I’m willing to live it’s because I am willing to die for those inches” makes so much sense when you are about to make a choice that you know will make the outcome of your life much different.

Mine involved removing myself from a passive, easy state and moving continents to start fresh where I had no connections and a boatload of possibilities. The hardship that had me to points where all I could afford were potatoes and eggs and the constant hunger to conquer – and then pulling up my boots and conquering. The pain is SO worth it. It’s like showing up in a gym and expecting to get great results by trading some pain and sweat, only to return again and again for more struggle and pain. The pain makes way for joy and clarity and a mind that is in far better shape than before. For a sharp mind, hardship is needed with difficult ideas to digest and grasp. Strong personal philosophy can act as a gym for the mind.

Well I want great results for myself and my loved ones. So I don’t wish for everything to be peachy, I hope that in my small way I can help craft personal philosophy that looks at the struggle in a paradigm that appreciates the potential for a positive outcome. What are the INCHES you claw for? Is it a better family, maybe a better career, better health, a sharper mind, solving those questions that haunt you, helping others, really making a dent into developing a personal legacy…?

In my limited experience I’ve come to understand why Socrates drove home that the only life worth living is the examined life.

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger (come on, how could I not include this gem?!)

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  • http://www.happyheartandmind.com/ Zengirl

    Hi Filip,

    Good to see your update. I will watch this video soon, as I am up with my teething infant. It is an very interesting Arnold's quote!

  • davidjlowe79

    Love this speech, movie and Pacino. The Americans always seem to nail the monologues in their movies and often use them in sports movies where the stakes seem that little bit higher. Also check out the link for 50 greatest movie monologues:

    http://www.film.com/features/story/the-50-great

  • http://standstrong.tv/ Filip Matous

    Yeah the Alec Baldwin in GlennGary is epic! When real passion translates on video I get sucked in.

  • http://arnoldwaldstein.com awaldstein

    Hey Flip.

    Great clip. I was inspired to retweet it out this morning again after stopping by here.

    The other clip that I carry around in my head that drives spunk and chills in me is from Rocky:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tXhJniSEc&feat

    Check it out.

  • http://standstrong.tv/ Filip Matous

    Thx for the clip. I see what you mean by chills.. when dialogue touches on living with passion, taking the hits to rise above, I love it. I'll take more hits as life goes on but will chose to push forward.

    Does anyone really want an easy, unchallenging life? I sure don't – there's beauty in the struggle. Guess I channel some of Neitzsche – that hard obstacles and hits are required to overcome to gain true happiness.

  • http://arnoldwaldstein.com awaldstein

    Channeling Neitzche….not a light path to trod ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Generally I agree but I focus less on the struggle and more on the passion and focus.

    If you are inspired and passionate and can apply the discipline of focus…then you have a formula that can push forward. The inching forward to create something new as an entrepreneur is the upside. The 'punches' just come and you move on.

    Rocky was about the the gestalt of that will power. That's the process not the end result for most of us.

  • http://standstrong.tv/ Filip Matous

    haha, I wold guess that is because you have more life experience than me. I, admittedly, like when everything doesn't work out. I think that's what the mid/late 20's can be about, refining the focus and passion by being in a place where some things work and some don't. If everything worked how would I define the focus I need?

    It's like I'm at the gym doing the bench press and keep pushing myself to pile on more weight just to see what I am capable of; however, I won't want to do that forever. Weights that symbolize professional goals, relationships, ideas etc… just to work out the major kinks/balance so that I can rest a little easier in my 30s and onward.

    So yeah, I hope I don't find the urge to push so hard once I gain more of life's experience ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I'm betting you pushed hard like me when you were starting out?

  • http://arnoldwaldstein.com awaldstein

    As those that know me will attest to..I'm still pushing..still recreating.

    I'd like to think though that over time working smarter is on the same plane with harder.

  • http://standstrong.tv/ Filip Matous

    haha, I wold guess that is because you have more life experience than me. I, admittedly, like when everything doesn't work out. I think that's what the mid/late 20's can be about, refining the focus and passion by being in a place where some things work and some don't. If everything worked how would I define the focus I need?

    It's like I'm at the gym doing the bench press and keep pushing myself to pile on more weight just to see what I am capable of; however, I won't want to do that forever. Weights that symbolize professional goals, relationships, ideas etc… just to work out the major kinks/balance so that I can rest a little easier in my 30s and onward.

    So yeah, I hope I don't find the urge to push so hard once I gain more of life's experience ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I'm betting you pushed hard like me when you were starting out?

  • http://arnoldwaldstein.com awaldstein

    As those that know me will attest to..I'm still pushing..still recreating.

    I'd like to think though that over time working smarter is on the same plane with harder.

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  • http://twitter.com/cormacheron Cormac Heron

    Nice one. I like your concept of philosophy as being the gym for the mind. Loved the clip but couldn’t help thinking “Was this half way through Pacino’s facelift? Why has he that lump at the corner under one eye but not the other?”