SERIES: Movies That Teach

It’s amazing what you can learn from when you keep an open mind. The beauty of movies is the amount of choice you have: romantic comedies, epics, fantasy, historical films, bio-pics, sci-fi; the list is endless. What if we told you that there is something in every movie that can be tied back to your business? We can sense your disbelief.

Our first post in the ‘Movies That Teach’ series should do a great job of proving our point. Check out the business lessons that you can learn from watching these five popular romantic comedy films!

Pretty Woman: Don’t get stuck in your ways

Do you feel comfortable in your job? Change things up, do something different. Comfortable tends to mean that you’re stagnating and it’s only a matter of time before stagnation becomes dissatisfaction. Take Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman, for example. A millionaire who had his life down to a routine, staying at the same hotel every time he was in Los Angeles, indulging in the same luxuries available to him, until suddenly one day he decided to do something different, and that changes his life for the better. Take a page out of Gere’s book and shake up your work routine by trying something new.

Jerry Maguire: Take risks, be bold

I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt empowered by the scene in Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise walks out of his office because he was disillusioned by his career and what was expected of him by his company. Sometimes, in life and business, you need to be brave enough to take a risk and be spontaneous. Pitch that new idea, start your own business - make the change you want to be.

Legally Blonde: Be more than what others expect

Elle Wood’s biggest challenge in Legally Blonde was to get people to see that there was more to her than her blonde hair and affinity for the colour pink. You might come across a situation in your work life where you’re not being taken seriously; rather than giving up on expressing yourself, make sure your ideas are heard, explain the thought process behind them, and if your boss or colleague still brushes you off, ask for reasons why your idea is not feasible. You’ll never move forward in your career if you are afraid to speak up. Elle Woods is proof that being yourself and speaking your mind can never be a bad thing.

50 First Dates: Persistence pays off

Can you imagine relieving the same day over and over again fifty times? That’s what Adam Sandler does for Drew Barrymore in the movie 50 First Dates. Barrymore has short-term memory loss, so Sandler recreates their first date every day until she can remember him. That’s persistence. It’s something you need when you begin your professional career. No matter how frustrating a task you’ve been given, keep at it till you achieve what you set out to do. If there’s one thing you can learn from 50 First Dates, it’s that persistence pays off.

No Reservations: Change is not a bad thing

Change can be hard to deal with in the workplace. A new boss or team member changes the existing dynamic and throws the work environment off balance. This is what happened to Catherine Zeta Jones in No Reservations when Aaron Eckhart was introduced to her restaurant as her sous chef. Although she didn’t handle the change well initially, when the pair started working together and adapting to each other’s different work styles, the result was a more smoothly running kitchen. Be open to change both within and outside your workplace.

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