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3 Take Aways from Legend of the Guardians

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

I watched the movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (IMDB)  last weekend.  I’m not sure how to summarize the story, so if you want the plot, I think Wikipedia’s coverage of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a good source.  I just liked the fact it was IMAX 3D.  No matter how many 3D movies I see, I always enjoy when things pop out from the screen (and, yeah, every now and then I do reach out just to see if I can catch something … but if I ever did that would freak me out.)

Anyway, one of my favorite habits to make the most of any movie or any book is to find three take aways.  Here are my three take aways from the Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole:

  1. This is no time for half-measures.  I like this and it reminds me of the adage, “A stitch in time saves nine.”  I’ve often found that some problems get out of control if you don’t overwhelm them.  I’m a fan of overwhelming my problems up front … basically, nipping them in the bud.
  2. Make strong the weak.   I like this a lot.  You can depend on a few heroes or you can raise the bar for everyone.  While not everybody will rise to the same caliber, there’s a lot to be said for equipping people with the skills to grow themselves and very often, people will surprise you, if you give them a chance.  The key is to know whether it’s a motivation issues or a skills issue.  If it’s a skills issue, then the key is to know whether it’s the teacher, the student, the feedback, or the approach.  I’ve seen “lost causes” accelerate in the right situation or the right approach or the right mentor … and sometimes it’s just back to the old adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
  3. Do your dreams make you strong? Tell me that is not just a flat out great way to remind yourself that if your dreams aren’t lifting you up and getting your groove on, then you have to find better dreams.   There is plenty of inspiration around the world.  You just have to find what works for you.  And that is actually the key.  It’s not about just following other people’s dreams.  It’s finding a compelling vision that lights your fire and breathes life into your day.

One way to find a dream to make you strong is to help somebody you know reach their dreams.  What goes around comes around.

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  1. I love that last one. That’s such an empowering and awesome question to spend time with. “It’s finding a compelling vision that lights your fire and breathes life into your day.” Now that’s my kind of dream! :)

    3D still makes me reach to the screen too. *lol*

  2. alik levin says:

    I actually loved #1. I did not get the bold type, but overwhelming problmes in first place and nipping them in the bud speaks directly to my heart ;) LOL

  3. Sandra Lee says:

    Hi J. D.

    I like the idea of “overwhelming one’s problems.” And love the idea of tapping into the right dream. This was my favorite line though:

    “One way to find a dream to make you strong is to help somebody you know reach their dreams. What goes around comes around.”

  4. JD says:

    @ Clearly Composed — I like the fact that it’s a reminder we get to choose the dreams that we hold on to … and that we need to own finding the ones that inspire ourselves.

    @ Alik — I liked how they said it in the movie. It was a nice way of saying don’t do this half-arsed, go all out.

    @ Sandra — I’ve noticed that some people do their best work by helping others realize their dreams. This is especially true when they feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Focus changes everything.

  5. Steven says:

    Hey JD, the trailer for this movie looked pretty good. Sometimes 3D can ruin a film though…for example My Bloody Valentine 3D was almost unbearable. I couldn’t make out anything visually. Avatar on the other hand was beautiful!

    I like your #2 takeaway. I always raise the bar for others. I don’t tolerate people victimizing themselves, instead I expect people to be heroes of their own lives. I encourage them to seek their own salvation.

    Great post JD – keep up the good work!

  6. JD says:

    @ Steven — I can relate to 3D messing up movies. In fact, I think it was Avatar that finally opened me up to enjoying 3D.

    You’re right — victim mode doesn’t help anyone. I’ve seen so many underdogs and victims turn their lives around by choosing to be the hero in their life.

  7. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. (1) be prepared .. as you say deal with things .. before they run away with you.
    Your (2) .. this is the tricky one .. depends on us .. student, teacher etc etc .. sometimes the time is just not right ..
    (3) Dream is one thing .. dream with the plan in place will light your fire .. and move you forward so fast you won’t know what to do with yourself ..
    (4) .. guess who just bought your book?! & it’s despatched already ..?!

    Cheers .. so I shall have a happy couple of months reading a few books and putting some of the art into practise .. great news .. and what you say at the end is .. all of these books will help me get where my dream is .. wonderful news! Hilary

  8. JD says:

    @ Hilary — Thank you. I look forward to you making your way through the book. It’s packed with insight and action to help you get your game on and make the most of what you’ve got. It’s designed to feel like a playbook so it should feel good to carry around wherever you go.

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