Become a Rebel with a Cause

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readDec 11, 2023

And make that cause greatness.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Rowdy Roddy Piper, a professional wrestling legend, left an indelible mark not only for his charismatic ring presence but also for his interesting statements.

One of his thought-provoking quotes encapsulates the essence of his persona:

“I’m a rebel with a cause…and that cause is greatness.”

This simple declaration unveils layers of meaning that delve into the mindset of a true iconoclast.

At first glance, these words Piper’s brazen spirit, a trait that defines his wrestling character. In the realm of pro wrestling, rebellion is frequently associated with challenging norms, breaking molds, and defying expectations.

Often portraying a ruthless villain, Piper was notorious for his confrontational approach, earning him the moniker “Rowdy.” His style, marked by unapologetic audacity and a disregard for authority, mirrored his real-life commitment to being true to himself.

However, the quote goes beyond mere rebellion; it introduces the concept of being a rebel with a cause. This implies a purpose, a driving force behind boldness, a reason for one’s resistance.

In Piper’s case, that cause is greatness.

Here, greatness transcends the superficial pursuit of championship belts or accolades. It speaks to a deeper, more personal ambition — the search for excellence and a commitment to leaving an enduring legacy.

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We can mirror this thought pattern in our own lives. Instead of the perpetual shallow chase for job titles, salary adjustments, material goods, or social media followers, we should be trying to seize authentic greatness.

For Piper, greatness was not just about winning matches or entertaining audiences; it was about making a lasting impact on the sport and the lives of those he touched. It reflects a mentality that pushed boundaries, eschewed mediocrity…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·