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9 Lessons from Movies that Will Change your Life

9 Lessons from Movies that Will Change your Life

For many of us, modern cinema and life in general are quite heavily connected. Whilst it’s delusional to think that life works just like the movies, there are plenty of little lessons that you can take from the world of cinema into your own life. If you aren’t sure what we mean by this, we have compiled a list of events from movies that will effectively change your life once you see them and understand them. Here are just nine of the finest lessons from movies that will change your life, giving you a whole new grasp on the future;

1. Bruce Almighty

The first one our list is the popular Jim Carrey movie whereby he believes that God is punishing him with a raft of bad luck. He complains about God and, in typical movie style, ends up becoming God for the day to try and deal with all the problems. It’s a nice little lesson to remember from a movie, albeit a rather silly one.  How would you deal with things if you were God? And do you REALLY think that some entity in the sky is firing down bad luck rays at you? Life’s tough, but not personal.

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2. Me Again

This gets a shot on the list as it always shows you that the mantra of “you don’t know what you‘ve got ‘til it’s gone” comes into play. We always want something different to what we have, and this will give you an idea to see just how this can actually work out – you might just realize that life really isn’t all that bad for you at the moment.

3. Peaceful Warrior

Many of us believe that thinking with the heart over the head is a silly endeavor and will usually just lead to silly mistakes and regrets. This movie, though, totally changes that narrative into showing you what will happen when we just go for what we want and don’t look at the spreadsheet equivalent decision.

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4. The Family Man

Another good movie for learning a lesson from is The Family Man. It shows you a world whereby a rich investment banker gets to see the alternate reality, where he chose his girlfriend over the big career. It’s a nice way to show us just how different our lives can potentially be. Just take the time that you need to watch this film and understand the message – it might help you make the same decision one day.

5. Yes Man

Yes Man is hugely popular, too. This shows you what happens when you just decide to go the other way and say yes to everything. We usually deny anything we didn’t actively set out to get, so it’s nice to see what can happen if you change the rhetoric and see how life would treat you if you just simply followed the positive feeling of just saying yes!

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6. Rise of the Guardians

A film all about overcoming fear through faith, this can show us that being able to believe in your own decisions and the path you are on is more powerful than any other suggestion or realistic appraisal that you can turn to. If you’re losing faith in your own ability to change things up and make your life better, you need to watch this absolutely outstanding movie.

7. August Rush

Another hugely popular movie is August Rush because it reminds us that there are many things on this planet we can connect with that haven’t been invented in the last 20 years. It’s a great way to remind ourselves of the world that lies out there, just waiting for us to appear.

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8. The Ultimate Gift

This movie will give you a real appreciation for what it’s like to just have a dream, and have the ability to push those boundaries a little bit further back. It’s the perfect way to teach you about character and what it stands for.

9. Fireproof

Fireproof teaches us to be able to always keep learning and to never stop looking for new things in our lives that can empower us, make us better people. It’s a great way to realize that the person you are with, for example, is better than you think.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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