May 24

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Business Movie Review: Is your business a “War Horse”?

YOUR Business Rescue Coach invites you to the movies:

Let’s Stop, Look, and Listen to the Business Lessons
we learn from the Movies…

We receive lessons in the most unique places. Believe it or not, the movies provide wonderful business lessons for us! I enjoy noticing lessons which share what to do, or what not to do, as I find both are of equal value!

War Horse Movie Poster via:imbd.com
What does your Business and the War Horse have in common?

What can the movie, “War Horse” (2011) teach us about business?

The movie War Horse was a very different movie as the main character was a horse. Typically we watch story lines about people, not horses; and yet, this was a story line that kept you engaged as to what was happening to “Joey” or “The War Horse”. Joey definitely steals the show with his acts of heroism and tenderness melded with loyalty and compliance.

ALI BUSINESS STRATEGY #1
STAY STRONG: Even against all adversity

Every aspect of this story line is about living courageously! Each character had an adverse situation imposed upon them and they took action according to what they knew was their truth. Do you know what is the truth for your business? I am speaking of the unwavering truth of why it exists and how it can serve customers best?

ALI BUSINESS STRATEGY #2
YOUR PERFORMANCE MATTERS: It could be the very thing that makes or breaks your business

“When life give you lemons, make lemonade.” But what if you are a horse during a war? Answer: Become the best War Horse there is! By being the best, Joey was able to literally live. His sheer performance is what kept him from being shot more than once. How do you keep your business alive? What are some of the ways you can perform at your optimum as Joey did? 

Think of Joey as your business…Joey always complied to his new owners wishes, sometimes with a bit of hesitancy, but he always gave them what they wanted. Do you do this with your customers? It may mean the difference of whether your business lives or not – just like Joey!

ALI BUSINESS STRATEGY#3
DON’T EVER STOP TAKING ACTION: “… there is no such thing as wrong action”

Joey actually lives this Japanese proverb, “Fall seven times, stand up eight”. He even seems to do something counterproductive to his master; yet, all of his actions – one at a time, lead him back to where he belongs (no spoilers here folks)!

Often times, when we are caught in a snag or even uncertainty of what is the best next move, we freeze up. We need to remember that we are always practicing until we master something. The only way to practice it is to, well, practice! Once you practice you either fail or succeed. If you fail, you correct your error and become improved so you can practice and potentially succeed. Once you have learned how to succeed, then you become a master. Do you have the patience to do this? Typically, do you try something and then let it go if you don’t get the results you sought? (FYI: trying tends to imply that you didn’t set it up to succeed in the first place!) Mastery, via the path of mastery comes from perfected practice. Are you game to play? What if your business’s life depends on it? (Hint: it does!)

If you haven’t yet, take time to watch this movie, not only will you enjoy it but you will learn from the human characters and Joey on how your business can be stronger even yet… perhaps even equivalent to War Horse!

Next Movie Review: The Avengers!

Brought to you by:
The Business Rescue Coach, Maggie Mongan
of Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
www.BrilliantBreakthroughs.com


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  1. When you get caught in barbed wire, it may be necessary to have someone help you out. Too often, we say, “No, I can do it myself”. There are times we can’t do it ourselves. We need to recognize when we need help and ask for it.

    1. That was a powerful scene wasn’t it? I could do a whole post about Joey’s sheer willpower while surrendering into his circumstances (so he wouldn’t do any more harm to himself) until a new solution presented itself. Sometimes no action can be the best action… of course, after you have asked for assistance. Patience is still an misunderstood virtue!

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