I love movies. LOVE them. I don’t know if its the fusion of visual narrative with the coziness of a theatre and the concept of a singular, yet communal experience, but I cannot get enough of movies. I’ve learned many life lessons through movies, some of which I have been spared in real life because I was able to learn them by proxy via a movie protagonist.
For a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, you can read some of my celluloid-digital-literary meanderings on a groovy site called The Pop Bunker.
Leadership and solopreneurism requires a certain amount of derring do, so I thought about applying a more Hollywood-esque whimsical spin and share some lessons I learned from brainy swashbuckling archaeologist Henry [Indiana] Jones that help me to be more productive and courageous.
Face your fears: In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy encounters one of his greatest fears in The Well of Souls (interesting name for the location. Subtext, perhaps?) The place is literally crawling with snakes.
The floor is a seething, slithering mass of serpents and in order to escape, Indy draws from his reserves of wit and strength, and overcomes his loathing of these creatures. By facing his fear head on, he explores alternatives, adapts and lives to see another day.
So, too, must we, if we are to transform our lives, and in the phrase used by a personalÂ hero of mine, Sarah Robinson, “escape mediocrity.” The very first post I ever wrote for this series has to do with fears as tether.
In order to become the most evolved version of yourself, you must continue to distill, face and overcome your fears.
Believe first; see second: Speaking very personally, I think 2014 is the year when I really get to work on this one. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy has already navigated past quite a few obstacles on his way to seek The Holy Grail. He is driven to find the Grail, because his father has been shot and pouring water from the Grail onto the wound is the only way his father’s life will be saved.
He comes to a seemingly dead end: a crevasse across which there is no visible span. He must take a step into the abyss, trusting that the way will be made clear and he can safely pass.
Truth? I hate this feeling. I truly get so annoyed at not having proof or assurances before taking a risk, but that’s not the way faith works. Faith isn’t faith if you know the outcome.
As you make your way into larger and more complex realms in this year, you will be asked to take risks in order to grow. You will have as your guides other people who have succeeded or perhaps books, as Indy did, full of notations made by his father. But the fact remains that if you wish to reach your goals, you will have to step out in faith.
Use your strength to liberate others: Near the end of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indy and his band of friends have escaped. They have the Sankara Stone they need – the acquisition of which was the reason for their journey from the beginning. However, through the course of the film, Indy realizes that the mining of the sacred stones has been done by the children of the villages that surround the mines.
Before heading out for a safe plane and a return trip to his college classroom, Indy declares that the children will be liberated from their slavery and returned to their families in the villages.
In a similar fashion, as you get stronger through overcoming challenges in the coming year, you will also be presented with opportunities to share your wisdom gained from these experiences with others who have yet to emancipate themselves.
Are there lessons you’ve gleaned from Dr. Jones? What adventures have you experienced and challenges overcome?
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter asÂ @mckra1g orÂ @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive) or like them on facebook.