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Valuable Lessons Disney Movies Can Teach Adults

Valuable Lessons Disney Movies Can Teach Adults

Disney movies are great for keeping the kids entertained so you can get things done. However, the lessons these movies teach don’t just apply to children. Even though they’re cartoons, these classic Disney films impart life lessons even adults can learn from.

1. Tangled

Disney Tangled Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

    …so does…all your hair glow like this? …even down there?

    An overbearing mother grounds her daughter for life. As oppressed girls do when they come of age, the young girl goes wild and falls for the first man she meets. Soon, the girl teams with the older man to rebel against her mother. They live happily ever after until the girl realizes she’s just like her mother.

    Lesson:The more you oppress a person, the more likely they are to do exactly what you don’t want them to.

    2. Alice in Wonderland

    Disney Alice in Wonderland Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

      Watch your drinks, ladies…

      Bored with her day-to-day life of privilege, young Alice begins taking drugs and chasing the white rabbit through Pan’s labyrinth. She travels to a small village in the Amazon where she drinks peyote tea and confronts her mommy issues. Like a typical American travelling overseas, Alice runs amok, eventually drawing the ire of local law enforcement. After inciting a riot, Alice is deported back home, where she now speaks with a pretentiously fake British accent, to the chagrin of friends and family.

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      Lesson: Sometimes you have to just take a chance and travel down the rabbit hole.

      3. Meet the Robinsons

      Disney Meet the Robinsons Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

        Portrait of an American Family…

        Two orphans take very different paths in life–one follows his dreams, while the other envies him for it. Years later, the envious orphan gives up on competing with his adult rival, and instead battles his son. Still a loser, he gets in touch with his inner child, which is the only child you’re allowed to touch in questionable ways.

        Lesson: Jealously looks good on no one.

        4. The Nightmare Before Christmas

        Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

          Next we’ll combine Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day…

          Everyone’s celebrating Halloween, but Jack yearns for Christmas. Jack decides to begin selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. Jack’s decision wreaks havoc on all holidays and towns in the world. Soon, Jack sees the error of his ways, and teams up with Santa to destroy the Boogey Man.

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          Lesson: Walmart puts their Christmas decorations out way too early.

          5. A Goofy Movie

          Disney Goofy Movie Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

            Why don’t we ever talk about my mother?

            A goofy, yet well-meaning, father takes his goofy teenage son on a road trip in order to bond. His son, however, isn’t interested in hanging out with dad–he wants a girl. After much miscommunication between the two goofs, dad finally decides to stop cock-blocking his son and let him grow up.

            Lesson: You have to give your kid space to grow.

            6. Hercules

            Disney Hercules Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

              I’d like another layer of spray tan, please…

              The most perfect human specimen has 100 problems, and a girl is just one. Caught up in his parents’ sibling rivalry, the man grows up poor. Overcoming all obstacles, Hercules saves the world, gets the girl, and lives happily ever after. Centuries later, the poor, muscular Hercules is reimagined as a skinny, wealthy carpenter.

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              Lesson: The more perfect someone looks, the bigger their problems are.

              7. Wreck-It Ralph

              Disney Wreck It Ralph Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

                Good guy Ralph donated his cherry to the homeless…

                Ralph has a problem–he’s a disrupter, and everyone hates him for it. He’s a grown man with no wife or kids, so he’s dedicated to his job. Desperate to fit in, Ralph leaves to earn a medal, befriending a young glitch along the way. Ralph’s quest earns him the respect and acceptance of his neighbors, although he still sleeps alone.

                Lesson: Be compassionate to everyone, especially the outcasts.

                8. Mulan

                Disney Mulan Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

                  I’m  sorry you’re disappointed the man you fell in love with is really a woman…

                  In order to save her father, Mulan pretends to be a boy and joins China’s Million Man Army. As the first woman in the military, Mulan easily outsmarts the brutish men, saves the emperor, and wins the heart of the general. This is one of few examples of consensual relations in the military. By comparison, women in the modern American military fight an Invisible War.

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                  Lesson: Gender roles are overrated–anyone’s capable of changing the world.

                  9. A Bug’s Life

                  Disney Bugs Life Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

                    You gave birth to how many babies?!?

                    In a regimented world, one ant has an idea. Rather than blindly following orders, he seeks ways to make things more efficient for the entire colony, which annoys literally everyone but his best friend. When the grasshoppers attack, however, the ants rally around the quirky one to defeat their formidable foes and reinvigorate the colony.

                    Lesson: Listen to your employees; you never know what great ideas they may have.

                    10. Dinosaur

                    Disney Dinosaur Versability Brian Penny Lifehack

                      Flat-earthers beware…

                      In the prequel to Ice Age, God punishes the dinosaurs for having been placed on Earth by the Devil for the sole purpose of tricking scientists into debunking Christianity. Somehow the cursed demons survive just a smidge longer.

                      Lesson: Evolution happened…deal with it.

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                      12 Powerful Habits of a Lifelong Learner

                      12 Powerful Habits of a Lifelong Learner

                      Formal education is something everyone has to go through to a certain degree, and the knowledge it offers isn’t always that practical in real life. Life long learning is how you improve as a person, bit by bit and day by day.

                      Life long learners recognize the importance and joy of growth so they never settle for what they currently know and always seek for improvement.

                      Here are 12 habits of people who value lifelong learning have in common – see how many of them you recognize in yourself.

                      1. They Read on a Daily Basis

                      Whatever problem or dilemma you currently face, there’s definitely at least one decent book that discusses it and presents a variety of solutions.

                      Reading is a great way to open up new horizons, train your brain and revolutionize your life. I can’t even count how many times books completely transformed the way I view the world, and it’s always a change for the better. Through reading, you can connect with successful people and learn from the lessons they share.

                      Life long learners love to get lost in books and do it regularly. Bill Gates knows that reading matters a lot; on his personal blog, he reviews plenty of game-changing books.

                      Due to technology, you can access a bookshelf of the wealthiest entrepreneur on this planet.

                      2. They Attend Various Courses

                      Whether it’s online or offline, there are countless courses you can participate in without spending a dime on it. These are great opportunities to connect with clever and like-minded people and learn from them.

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                      Because of the advanced technology, you can now gain knowledge from online programs, starting from coding through self-improvement to programs from top universities.

                      There are literally endless ways to thrive. What life long learners have in common is squeezing as much as possible out of these opportunities.

                      3. They Actively Seek Opportunities to Grow

                      Instead of spending your free time laying on the couch and watching TV, you prefer doing something creative and practical. You know every wasted minute is gone forever.

                      That’s why you’d rather practice your language skills with a native-speaker you’ve met, engage in local meet up or attend a class that teaches something you always wanted to learn.

                      Life long learners stay up-to-date with growth opportunities in their areas and participate in them frequently.

                      4. They Take Care of Their Bodies

                      “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy

                      A clever mind combined with a body in a great condition is the best asset you can have. Our bodies were designed to run, walk, jump, swim, lift and much more. Leading a sedentary lifestyle harms both your physical and mental sphere.

                      Life long learners know the body is your temple. In order to make it flourish for as long as possible, they train regularly, move a lot and eat healthy.

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                      5. They Have Diverse Passions

                      Among Steve Jobs’ wise quotes, there’s one I like especially. It’s about connecting the dots:

                      “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” — Steve Jobs

                      Each dot is some event or skill in your life, and it’s only when you go through these elements that you know how to combine them into something great.

                      Having a variety of passions indicates that you love to progress. By practicing different skills, you give yourself an advantage over the rest of the people. During hard times, you are more likely to to act intelligently and solve your problems with less effort.

                      6. They Love Making Progress

                      If behind the efforts, there is passion and a deep desire to grow, your chances of success are way higher, compared to when you are forced to learn.

                      Life long learners love to experience the constant growth and improvement. The breakthrough moments help them to notice the impressive change that took place because of the learning process. Any milestone serves as a driving force for further headway.

                      7. They Challenge Themselves with Specific Goals

                      In order to keep growing, you clearly define your goals. Smart goal setting is one of the tools to ensure constant growth.

                      Since you love challenges, a difficult goal doesn’t scare you. Quite the opposite, it keeps you motivated and engaged.

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                      Research showed that precise and ambitious goals increase the performance of an individual. As we already agreed, life long learners are people who care about their performance, hence they never stop improving.

                      8. They Embrace Change

                      A complete change can lead to incredible results. This is especially visible on the example of successful companies.

                      Oftentimes, it’s that transformation which created space for their so-called overnight success. Twitter was originally created as an internal service to serve Odeo employees. Currently, it has over 300 million monthly active users and is considered the second biggest social network.

                      As a life long learner, you know a change can lead to extraordinary results so you welcome it and stay open minded about making a shift.

                      9. They Believe It’s Never Too Late to Start Something

                      Some people tend to think after a certain age, they are no longer allowed to start something and become successful. The truth is, it’s just a lame excuse not to leave the comfort zone.

                      Opposite to common misconceptions, there’s no wrong age to begin something. Henry Ford was 45 when he invented the Ford Model T car, which is considered as the first affordable automobile.

                      Sure, for some domains like becoming a professional athlete, starting early is required. However, to learn and improve for its own sake, you are never too old.

                      10. Their Attitude to Getting Better Is Contagious

                      “We now accept the fact that learning is a life long process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” — Peter Drucker

                      There’s nothing better than to see your surroundings getting involved in what you actively participate in. Oftentimes, the best way to achieve that is to inspire them and be the example. As Gandhi would say, you need to be the change you want to see in the world.

                      As a life long learner, you are extremely passionate about the constant growth and people around you can sense that positive attitude. As a result, they start acting similarly.

                      11. They Leave Their Comfort Zone

                      Is it really better to step out of your comfort zone? The answer is always yes.

                      You always embrace discomfort as you know the path to success leads through hardship and countless obstacles. Instead of being afraid of facing them, you challenge yourself to overcome more and more difficult handicaps.

                      Every time you get out of your comfort zone, regardless whether you win or fail, you learn something new. That’s the part you love the most!

                      12. They Never Settle Down

                      “Knowledge is exploding, so you need to commit yourself to a plan for life long learning.” — Don Tapscott

                      A sense of being clever enough is something you don’t experience. Without a doubt, you appreciate what you already know, but that’s never a reason to stop. You just know once you stop learning, you lose the amazing privilege humans have, namely an ability to a never-ending intellectual development.

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