Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Kung Fu Panda 4

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Let me be honest with you… Prior to watching Kung Fu Panda 4, I had never watched a Kung Fu Panda movie all the way through. And there’s a lot of them before this. That being said, I went into the movie knowing very little about Po (Jack Black) and his compatriots. It was a new world to me and one where I didn’t need to know much about the past history. I don’t think you will need to know much about them either.

In Kung Fu Panda 4, Po is the Dragon Warrior, a powerful prodigy who can wield limitless power. He’s also the protector of the citizens of the Valley of Peace. But things are changing. His master, Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), encourages him to change. Shifu believes it is time for Po to become the Spiritual Leader and pass the title of Dragon Warrior to someone new.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Hellboy: Sword Of Storms

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Hellboy has been a quirky comic book character created by Mike Mignola since first appearing in San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2. Recently, it was discovered that Hellboy also appeared before this issue in Next Men #21 in 1993. He’s been a character that’s been around for a long time!

He’s also appeared in multiple movies. He first appeared in a live-action film in the 2004 Hellboy movie starring Ron Perlman. His second film was Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Most recently, David Harbour took over as Hellboy in the 2019 Hellboy film.

Many casual moviegoers don’t realize there’s also been an animated movie universe for Hellboy that occurred between the two Perlman films. There’s the 2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron. Then there’s the focus of today’s Reel Leadership article, the 2006 Hellboy: Sword Of Storms.

Bible Reflection: Be A Barnabas Leader

Youth pastor Sean Nelson recently preached a fantastic sermon to our church youth group. He shared the story of Barnabas, a man who is referred to as a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith (Acts 11:24).

The message stuck with me for multiple reasons. First and foremost, Barnabas’s life exemplified what a Christian leader’s life should look like.

Sean shared four characteristics of Barnabas. For each additional characteristic, I nodded my head and thought these are characteristics every leader should strive for.

I want to encourage you to be a Barnabas leader in this post.

Bible Reflection: Be A Barnabas Leader

What does a Barnabas leader look like? They have four characteristics that make them unique. These are characteristics you can work on as well. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Blue Beetle

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This weekend saw the release of the DC Comics movie Blue Beetle. Blue Beetle is a lesser-known comic book character along the lines of the character Booster Gold. Both of these characters are fun, interesting, and worth a movie. 

After watching Blue Beetle, I’m glad DC Comics decided to produce and release this film. It was a fun run through a character that doesn’t get enough love. 

There have been three Blue Beetles in the comic books. Dan Garrett was the original Blue Beetle. Ted Kord was the second. The third, and focus of the Blue Beetle movie, is Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña). Directed by Angela Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, the film pay homage to the first two Blue Beetles by mentioning them throughout the movie.

New Year, New You

Don't stop transforming

For many, the new year means a new beginning… Until February. Studies show 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.

This is discouraging news. Especially for those of us who set New Year’s resolutions.

You don't have to stay broken. You can become new

Photo by Dustin Tramel

You may have set a resolution to:

  • Lose 40 pounds by July
  • Learn a new craft or skill
  • Treat your family members with more respect
  • Start a new business

But by the second week of February, you’re feeling discouraged. The progress you thought you would have made by this point hasn’t been realized. You feel like a failure.

Why We Fail At New Year’s Resolutions

We get discouraged when we don’t see progress. We believe we should see extraordinary progress. Reality is you will see incremental progress.