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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 June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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