15 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Unbroken

A Reel Leadership Article

Unbroken is the real life story of Louis Zamperini, Zamperini was a troubled youth who channeled his mischief into the energy he needed to become an Olympic runner.

Sadly, his time in the spotlight as a runner was cut short with the start of World War 2 and his call to become an airman in the military.

In May 1943, a tragic accident happened during a flight to rescue another group of soldiers. Zamperini’s plane crashed into the ocean. There, the surviving crew did what they could to survive for a grueling 47 days lost at sea.

This story was first recounted in the book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Now, comes the movie based on the book…

leadership lessons from Unbroken

My wife and I took some time this weekend to catch the war story given the Hollywood treatment.

Honestly, I was more than a little apprehensive.

Make An Opportunity To Meet Someone New

Pam and I recently took a walk along the Muskegon Channel. The plan was to spend a few minutes walking and feeding the mallard ducks that inhabited the channel.

We fed the ducks and a swan. Afterwards, we walked towards the end of the pier and turned around.

As we made our way back to our vehicle, there was an opportunity to meet someone new.

Meeting people isn't scary

Meeting someone new doesn’t have to be this scary / Image by GViciano

He was a fisherman. Throwing his fishing line into the water, trying to catch walleye. He also had a name, Al, and a story to tell.

Passing him by, I decided to throw out the question you ask fishermen, “Have you caught anything today?”

This simple question led us to learn about the life of Al, and that of his father’s. We met someone new and we learned quite a bit.