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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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                  10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                  10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                  The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                  In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                  Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                  1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                  What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                  Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                  2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                  Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                  How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                  Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                  Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                  3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                  One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                  Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                  4. See failure as a teacher

                  Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                  Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                  Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                  10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                  5. Take baby steps

                  Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                  Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                  Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                  The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                  6. Hang out with risk takers

                  There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                  Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                  7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                  Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                  Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                  8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                  What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                  9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                  Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                  If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                  10. Focus on the fun

                  Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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