Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Dumb Money

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The weekend of September 30th, 2023, saw the release of Dumb Money by director Craig Gillespie and writers Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo, and Ben Mezrich. Dumb Money tells the story of Reddit user Keith Gill/Roaring Kitty (Paul Dano) in the WallStreetBets forum. Roaring Kitty is the one who flipped the script on Wall Street insiders.

He took a failing company stock, GameStop, and transformed it. GameStop stock went from $3 all the way up to $483. This became a true David vs. Goliath story as the little man found a way to turn the tide on Wall Street hedge fund managers.

Paul Dano as Keith Gill in Dumb Money. Sitting in front of a computer screen, wearing a red Rambo bandana

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Death Wish

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I’ve often wondered what I would do if I was ever put into a situation like Bryan Mills from Taken or, now, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) in the new Death Wish movie. Would I want to extract revenge for the pain brought upon me or the deaths I had to witness?

Bruce Willis in promotional image from Death Wish

As a man, these questions often flood my mind. And I love watching movies explore this thought process. Death Wish tells the story of Paul Kersey, a doctor whose job it was was to save lives. Only to have his wife brutally murdered and his daughter shot and left in a coma.

What would you do? That’s the question Death Wish gets you thinking about.

And, if you’re intentional, it’ll also get you to think about leadership.

Caution: Death Wish spoilers below.