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8 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Pixar Movies

8 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Pixar Movies

If you grew up watching Pixar movies, you might remember all the exciting childhood moments your favorite characters brought to your living room. When they went on adventures, made new friends and helped each other overcome obstacles, you felt like you were right there with them.

Pixar doesn’t just create movies that make us laugh, cry and secretly wonder if our stuffed animals come to life when we leave the house, though. They have created a franchise full of stories and characters that actually managed to teach us a few things about life, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. Here are some examples.

1. Toy Story

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    Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase isn’t just for toys. Trapped by the evil neighbor kid and discovering he can’t fly didn’t keep him down for long, and we can soar through life with the same attitude. We can’t be the best at everything, but we can be pretty good at some things, maybe even many of them. We just have to believe we can succeed, and find a way to make it happen.

    With perseverance and faith, the possibilities are infinite.

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    2. A Bug’s Life

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      Flik’s lesson to Dot about being small and unable to fly is about a lot more than physical flight. Like Dot, we all have those moments where we don’t feel big or experienced enough to do what we feel we’re ready to do. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, though, doesn’t mean it never will.

      Every still moment is just life’s way of letting us know it’s time to slow down and grow.

      3. Monsters, Inc.

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        Mike and Sully have been through a lot together since they met at MU. Like all good friends and roommates, they have their differences, which often result in arguments. When the going gets tough, though, they always stick together. In the end, no matter how much they get on our nerves, our friends are the most important thing of all.

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        Our true friends will always be there when we need them most. We don’t have to wander through life’s obstacles alone.

        4. Finding Nemo

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          Our favorite blue fish is known not only for her forgetfulness, but also for her optimism. No matter the dangers Dory and Marlin face on their quest to find Nemo, she is without fail the voice of positivity. She never stops swimming, and neither should we. We’ll come face-to-face with sharks and get stung by jellyfish. Eventually, we’ll get to where we need to go.

          When life gets you down, just keep swimming.

          5. The Incredibles

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            Edna’s not just your average supersuit designer. There’s a lot of wisdom packed into such a small person, but we probably missed it the first few times around since she talks a thousand miles a minute. The best thing about Edna is that she’s not one to glance over her shoulder. Once it’s behind her, there’s no looking back. Look at all she’s managed to accomplish with that clever philosophy.

            What happened yesterday is over. The present is our key to owning our futures.

            6. Up

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              Ellie taught Carl the lesson of a lifetime when they were only kids: if you can’t find adventure where you are, it’s out there somewhere waiting for you to discover it. When we feel like we’re stuck in the same old place living the same uneventful life, it might be time to make a change. Maybe floating away to South America is a little much for our current financial situation, but never say never.

              Adventure is never far away. We only need to let our imaginations be our guide.

              7. Brave

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                Merida is good at a lot of things, including archery. She’s not so good at getting what she wants, though, until she realizes her fate was right there in front of her the whole time. Sometimes where we want to go and where we end up don’t seem to line up, but they will. We just have to be brave and face what’s ahead.

                When we take a deep breath and take aim, everything will turn out the way it was always supposed to be.

                8. Inside Out

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                  Fear holds us back from doing a lot of things, but it also serves as a reminder that avoiding the absolute worst case scenario is actually a good thing. Sometimes we’re in a tough place and have to learn to take life’s challenges one day at a time.

                  No matter what happened today, the most important thing is that we survived it, and we’ll make it through tomorrow, too.

                  We’ve only covered a handful of the Pixar classics that can learn and inspire us. Now that you’ve made it to the end of the article, you’re free to go make some popcorn and indulge in a much-needed Pixar movie marathon. Enjoy!

                  Featured photo credit: Lucius Kwok via flickr.com

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                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                  It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                  It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                  Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                  Quotes for self-assurance

                  1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                    2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                      3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                        4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                          5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                            6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                              Quotes about positivity

                              7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                  9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                    10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                      11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                        12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                          13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                            Quotes for work and success

                                            14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                              15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                  17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                    18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                      19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                        20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                          21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                            22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                              23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                  25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                    26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                      27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                        28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                          29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                            30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                              31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                  33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                    34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                      35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                        36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                          37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                            38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                              39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                  41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                    42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                      43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                        44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                          45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                            Quotes about money

                                                                                                            46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                              47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                  49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                    50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                      51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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