Rocky is admired because he never quit, and it paid off. What would be our response to Rocky if his hard work didn’t result in success? If he was just another wannabe who never made it happen?
We look at men like Steve Jobs and marvel at his quirks, but only because he succeeded. Demanding a clean factory, harshly calling people out, and being generally peculiar are part of his lore. If he’d failed, however, we’d look at those very things as the reasons he failed.
I know Rocky didn’t win the first fight with Apollo, but really he did, since he did what he set out to do.