Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Dog Gone

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Dog Gone is a heart-warming, true story. Based on the real-life events of Fielding Marshall (Johnny Berchtold) and his Golden Retriever dog Gonker, your heartstrings will be pulled, twisted, and reunited.

While out on the Appalachian Trail, Gonker takes off after a fox. Fielding and his friend, Nate (Nick Peine), look furiously for the lost 6-year-old dog. They eventually give up for the night and head home.

Fielding knew time was not on their side. Gonker had Addison’s Disease. Without treatment, his beloved companion would die.

Dog Gone tells the story of Fielding as he searches for his dog. He’s joined on the journey by his father, John Marshall (Rob Lowe), his mother, Ginny Marshall (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and people from around the world.

Gonker and Fielding relaxing on a couch

13 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The Finest Hours

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February 1952 saw what is considered the greatest small-boat rescue in history. A disastrous winter storm hit the East Coast, damaging an oil tanker and ripping it in half.

The United States Coast Guard is sent in for a small-boat rescue.

What comes next is unbelievable but true. The grit and determination of these Coast Guard men can teach all of us a lesson or two.

Why I Want To See The Finest Hours

From the first preview, I was hooked. I knew The Finest Hours was a movie to see.


First, I live close to the only city officially designated as Coast Guard City. This was done by an act of congress and signed into law by President Clinton.

Second, I love epic movies about real life events. Knowing what happened in The Finest Hours was based on true events made me want to watch it even more.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

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Movies such as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi are always hard for me to watch. Not because I ever served in the military. But because I know that these stories are based on real events.

Real events where people rose to the occasion and where other people failed to act. This puts a whole new spin on the movie.

Viewing a movie like this isn’t about having a good time. It’s about learning parts of our history told in a visual form.

With that said, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi was an intense viewing. There were tense moments, heartbreaking moments, and moments of joy.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi also showcased many leadership lessons.

13 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Bridge Of Spies

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Bridge Of Spies is the true story of one man who went beyond the call of duty.

After being recruited by the US government to be the lawyer for an accused Russian spy during the Cold War, he becomes an unlikely hero. Once he finished his duties with the Russian spy, he was then recruited by the CIA to bring home a captured pilot being detained in the Soviet Union.

Bridge of spies leadership lessons

In Bridge Of Spies, Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, Mark Rylance plays the Russian spy Rudolf Abel, and Amy Ryan is Mary Donovan. The starring cast is an amazing lineup. And the movie follows suit.

But what truly stood out in Bridge Of Spies were the leadership lessons. They came one after the other. I hope you’re ready to learn and be entertained.

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