Quotes And Leadership Lessons From A Night At The Roxbury

A Night At The Roxbury was a spin-off movie from Saturday Night Live. It starred The Roxbury guys Doug (Chris Kattan) and Steve Butabi (Will Ferrell). These guys would go out clubbing in their rayon suits and try to pick up women. Their methods were crude and ineffective.

They were trainwrecks. Yet, somehow, the skit was transformed into a comedy classic with A Night At The Roxbury.

Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell in A Night At The Roxbury

The movie finds them trying to get into the high-end, exclusive nightclub the Roxbury. Their attempts were swarted until a fateful accident. This accident led the guys to meet the club owner, Benny Zadir (Chazz Palminiteri).

Their meeting led to their dreams being fulfilled, though it wasn’t easy.

We will look at A Night At The Roxbury to discover the leadership lessons in the movie today. I hope you’re ready and grabbed your popcorn. It’s time for Reel Leadership.

Make Ripples

We all want to make a difference in our families, the organizations we work for, and our churches. The problem is that we fall into the trap of thinking we have to make all the differences ourselves.

Our desire to see change, to be change results in us trying to take on too much. We see the problems in front of us and we tackle them.

Something dropped in the water made ripples

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Instead, I want to encourage you to make ripples.

Make Ripples

I was listening to On Fire by John O’Leary. In his book, he mentions Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

Hearing this, I pictured myself skipping rocks with my family. You find a nice, smooth stone. You look out at the lake. Then, you swing your arm and let loose. The rock skips across the water, creating ripples along the way.

What’s Your Dream?

I don’t remember a lot of my sleeping dreams. My wife, on the other hand, can vividly recall her dreams. I often wonder why I can’t remember these kinds of dreams.

However, I do know that I have waking dreams. These dreams are what I hope to become, aspire to, or want to do with my life.

We all have both types of dreams. We don’t always recall them but they are there.

Today, I want to ask you: What’s your dream?

What’s Your Dream?

My list of dreams keeps growing as I check off the things that I’ve accomplished. Some of my dreams have been:

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From No Time To Die

A Reel Leadership Article

This past weekend saw the end to the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. He’s starred as James Bond for five movies. He’s had quite the run as James Bond.

With No Time To Die, we see Craig’s run as James Bond end. And on a high note.

No Time To Die sees Bond in retirement. But only for a moment. He had decided to hang up the 007 mantle and live a simple life. When Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), an old friend from the CIA, shows up, he reluctantly heads back into the game.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die movie

The next two and a half hours of No Time To Die flies by as Bond rekindles an old flame, discovers who the true villain is, and makes the ultimate sacrifice. A fitting ending to such an epic saga.

Now, we’re going to look at the leadership lessons in No Time To Die.

Creatures Of Habit

Unsurprisingly, we are creatures of habits. We do what we have regularly practiced.

You may notice that every time you grab your phone, you press the Facebook app icon. You browse for 30 minutes. Then you try to remember why you picked up your phone.

Beautiful big tail fish

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Or, maybe, you like to play games. Instead of opening up Facebook, you open up Candy Crush. The same scenario repeats itself.

Our habits can keep us trapped in a perpetual state of repetition or they can help us excel in high-pressure situtations.

Creatures Of Habit

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said: No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations…

Let this Wayne Gretzky quote sink in for a minute.

Okay… A minute’s up.