10 Lessons of Life from John J. Rambo

10 Lessons of Life from John J. Rambo


This is for all you guys who are probably tired by now, answering your partners, your friends and relatives the age-old comment, Rambo,….Seriously!John Rambo First Blood

Well, what do they know?

To us Rambo is not just a movie, it is a journey that begins from the moment we hear chords of Jerry Goldsmith’s epic composition “It’s a long road” in the opening scene of “First blood”.

You got to have the heart to understand more subtle and deeper messages in the Rambo movies. Unfortunately many people aren’t able to get past the action. It is not only the tale you grow up with but a lesson that is soul nurturing.

Listed here are 10 life philosophies you learn from Rambo.


  1. Reality of life

It is not how one dies, but how one lives. Only the legacy lives.


John J. Rambo: [while aiming an arrow at Lewis’ eye] Any of you boys want to shoot, now’s the time. There isn’t one of us that doesn’t want to be someplace else. But this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call.


  1. Way of Life

Take each day in your stride. When you don’t live for the world the world lives for you.


Trautman: How will you live, John?
Rambo: Day by day.


  1. Be Principled

Stand up for what is right and never back down.


Rambo: Don’t push it! Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go!


  1. Prioritize

Never set your mind on have-nots, work with anything and everything you have got. Be smart, don’t outweigh, out think.


Trautman: You don’t seem to want to accept the fact you’re dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who’s the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke.


  1. Be honourable

Never let honour down. Never let anger, animosity and revenge take the better of you. Even in a war, never torture or inflict pain on your enemy, be swift. Never start a war, but when you get one, make sure you finish it.


Rambo: For *you*! For me civilian life is nothing! In the field we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours. Back here there’s nothing!

Trautman: You’re the last of an elite group, don’t end it like this.




Rambo: There wouldn’t be no trouble except for that king-shit cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing Sir.

Trautman: Well you did some pushing on your own John.

Rambo: They drew first blood, not me.

Trautman: Look Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there!

Rambo: They drew first blood…


  1. Be a man

Get on with the job, never complain, be tough, ignore pain. Be your own hero.


John Rambo: To survive a war, you gotta become war.



Colonel Trautman: How’s the wound?
Rambo: You taught us to ignore pain, right?
Colonel Trautman: Is it working?
Rambo: Not really. Don’t take it personal.
Colonel Trautman: Thanks.




  1. Be Optimistic

Optimism is armour of courage.  Be light in tough situations:


Colonel Trautman: Can you fly that helicopter?
Rambo: Let’s find out!


[Rambo and Colonel Trautman stand alone facing an marching army]
Colonel Trautman: What do we do?
Rambo: Well, surrounding them’s out…


  1. Be Respectful

Respect life, nature and woman. Protect them all without ever being patronizing.


Co Bao: What mean expendable?
Rambo: It’s like someone invites you to a party and you don’t show up. It doesn’t really matter.

Co Bao (before dying):  Rambo, you are not expandable


John Rambo: Go live your life ’cause you’ve got a good one.
Sarah:  It’s what I’m trying to do.
John Rambo:  No, what you’re trying to do is change what is.


  1. Be more than a Comrade

Your friends aren’t just your mates, they are brothers in arms. Those who will die by you as you would for them


Trautman: You don’t belong here, why don’t you come back with me?

Rambo: Back to what? My friends died here, and a piece of me did too.



 10. Be Patriotic

Ask not (but love) what the country does for you but ask what you do for the country.


Trautman: The war, the whole conflict may have been wrong, but damn it, don’t hate your country for it.

Rambo: Hate? I’d die for it.

Trautman: Then what is it you want?

Rambo: I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That’s what I want!



There is a “Lone Ranger” in every individual and Rambo hits a chord with that part of your personality.  It is long road when you are on your own.

In a world which is now infested by reality TV show, where pseudo celebrities are coining our morals, the world would be better if we had better heroes, If we all had some Rambo in our lives.

So the next time when you hear, “Rambo …seriously!”, no need to follow it up with words, just let this web link do the talking.

To all my fellow Rambo fans around the world, to a generation that was inspired, to a bond we all share, I leave you with this quote:

Moussa: Why must you do this? 

Rambo: Cause he’d do it for me. 

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