Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Pursuit Of Happyness

As I was starting up my computer repair business, I talked to a successful local businessman named Jim Wilde. He had started and run a successful sign company, Wilde Signs. He was excited to see me start a venture of my own and wanted to help in any way he could.

Do you know what Jim did? He suggested I watch a movie! Yes, a movie!?! It’s hard to believe but that’s what he did.

Will Smith and Jaden Smith in The Pursuit Of Happyness

The movie was a Will Smith movie, The Pursuit Of Happyness (buy it at Amazon). He said to watch it and see what Smith’s character Chris Gardner did to become successful.

The story is hard to watch at times. His relationship with his wife, Linda (Thandie Newton), deteriorated. The loss of his apartment. Being evicted from a motel. And more…

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Hamilton The Musical

Hamilton the musical has taken the world by storm. Theaters and playhouses have sold out of the record-breaking play about the life of Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Recently released on Disney Plus, Hamilton was recorded live in New York City in 2016. The recording took place at the historic Richard Rodgers Theater. This recording includes the original Broadway cast.

Logo from Hamilton the musical

It was a treat to watch the talented actors and actresses portray Hamilton, King George (Jonathan Groff), George Washington (Chris Jackson), Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.), James Madison/Hercules Mulligan (Okrieriete Onaodowan), Angelica Schuyler (Renee Elise Goldsberry), and Eliza Hamilton (Phillipa Soo). Each Actor and actress brought something unique and entertaining to the show.

One of the highlights was the vocal talents of the crew. Their range in tone and style was incredible.

This is why you should watch Hamilton. You will see talented men and women work their craft.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Old Guard

A Reel Leadership Article

While movie theaters are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, streaming services are still releasing movies. Netflix recently released the comic-based movie The Old Guard on their service. (If you’d like to check out the comic book The Old Guard is based on, you can pick up one of the collections at Amazon.)

To say I was geeking out a bit is an understatement. I’m always a sucker for a good comic book movie. Many others are as well… maybe even you?!?

Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, and Luca Marinelli standing in front of a board of notes in The Old Guard

The Old Guard tells the story of a group of immortals who take whatever gigs they deem worthy. The team consists of:

  • Andy (Charlize Theron)
  • Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts)
  • Joe (Marwan Kenzari)
  • Nicky (Luca Marinelli)

We get into the thick of things quickly. We see that the team is betrayed by Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) when they were sent on a mission to South Sudan. There, they are gunned down only to be resurrected.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Tom Hank’s Greyhound

A Reel Leadership Article

While movie theaters are still closed around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, movie production companies are finding ways to release their movies to the world. We’ve seen this with Trolls: World Tour on various streaming services, Artemis Foul being released on Disney+, and My Spy being released on Amazon Prime.

This past week saw another movie released on a streaming platform. Tom Hank’s Greyhound was released on Apple TV+’s streaming service.

Tom Hanks in Greyhound staring out a damaged porthole window

Greyhound tells the story of Captain Ernie Krause. He’s an inexperienced United States Navy captain who has to lead a convoy of Allied boats through the traps set by a Nazi U-boat wolfpack.

His inexperience shows. It also shows that inexperience doesn’t mean defeat. You can make it through the tough spots of leadership.

If you haven’t watched Greyhound, sign up for Apple TV+ (or their free trial), watch Greyhound, then come back here for all the leadership lessons you may find in the movie.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Soul Surfer: The Story Of Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer is the true-life story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb). Bethany’s story is harrowing.

Bethany was an aspiring professional surfer. During one surfing session, a shark attacked Bethany and bit off her left arm at the shoulder. There was very little left of her arm.

This could have caused her to give up on surfing, on life. Yet, through her faith, she persevered. She pushed herself to get back on the surfboard, paddle back to the waves, and ride again.

AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer

Her journey didn’t come without trials. These trials and struggles are chronicled in Soul Surfer.

I have to highly recommend Soul Surfer if you haven’t already seen it. Multiple friends, including fellow leadership blogger Brian Dodd, had recommended it to me. I put it off until recently. I’m glad I finally watched it.