Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

A Reel Leadership Article

I have fond memories of Pokemon. From the original cartoon to the trading card game to the video games (Pokemon Red and Blue for the original Nintendo Gameboy). I spent countless hours consuming the content of Pokemon and trying to catch them all in the video games.

When I first heard of the new Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu seemed like an odd name. What is Detective Pikachu? How is this related to the Pokemon world? What will the movie be about?

Still image of Pikachu from Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

We found out this weekend. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is everything you could hope for in a live-action Pokemon movie. The characters are likable. The story was fun. And it was different than you would expect.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu tells the story of Tim Goodman (Justice Smith, son of Will Smith) as he travels to Ryme City to look for his father, Harry Goodman. There, Tim meets his father’s Pokemon, a detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). The movie only gets better once the two pair up to continue Tim’s search for his father.

Greatness Comes At A Cost

Everyone talks about wanting to be great. They claim they want to make a difference in the world.

But is that the truth? Do people really want to be great?

I don’t believe they do. Greatness comes at a cost. A cost many people aren’t willing to pay.

Greatness will cost you:

Your time

Your energy

Your money

Your effort

Many times people don’t reach the level of greatness within them because they’re unwilling to pay the cost to be great. They want to do the least amount of work for the greatest amount of return.

This doesn’t work in real life. To make progress, to become better, you have to pay the price.

Blogging Feels Like Hard Work

Those looking for blogging advice are often told that they need to blog consistently. You need to create a blogging schedule and stick to the schedule.

So, you dutifully go about creating content on a regular basis. You feel great. Until you hit the point where blogging feels like work. Hard work, at that.

Anything worthwhile is hard work

I know. Because I’ve been there. And I’m there right now.

There are days I don’t feel like creating blog content. I don’t want to sit in front of my computer.

Yet I do this anyways. I sit down to write a blog post.

Why I Blog

There are many reasons to blog.

You may want to blog:

To help people become a better leader

To share what you know with others who are a few steps behind you

To have fun

To turn a profit

The (Not So) Secrets To Finding Opportunity

Listening to those around you, you see people have lost the hope of finding opportunity. They think America is no longer ripe with the chance to succeed.

You’ll hear excuse after excuse. You might even hear some blamed tossed in along the way.

People are bemoaning the fact that there’s no opportunity to be found.

You can find opportunity anywhere

Let me tell you something. Those people telling you there’s no opportunity, they are wrong. DEAD WRONG.

Our world offers plenty of opportunity. But only for those who seek it.

The Secret To Finding Opportunities

I want to share with you where I believe, and have found, opportunity to lie.

Hard Work: Opportunities are often disguised as hard work. You have to dig and seek to find opportunities, but they’re there.

Much like mining for gold, you will seek and seek and seek. Some days you’ll hit a nugget of gold. Other days, you’ll strike out.

What You Can Do To Demonstrate Leadership

I sincerely believe leadership goes beyond a title or position. Having one of those only goes so far.

People will follow a titled or positioned leader only so far. Eventually they’ll realize this person is a leader in name only.

This falling away is why you must do more than have a title to be called a leader.

Here’s a few simple things you can do to demonstrate you’re a leader even if you lack the title.

Serve: Great leaders serve. This has been Mark Miller’s philosophy and I buy into it.

Great leaders believe the best way to lead is to help others out. They put the needs of others first and look for places to serve.

Where’s a place you can serve? Why aren’t you?

Demonstrate: A great way to demonstrate leadership is to demonstrate what true leadership looks like.