September 14


Business Movie Review: Tron (The Original and Legacy)

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!

Tron (1982) Image by IMDb
Tron (1982) Image by IMDb
Tron Legacy (2010) Image by IMDb
Tron Legacy (2010) Image by IMDb

What can “Tron (the Original, 1982, and Legacy, 2010)” Movies
teach us about our business?

Warning: These movies are content rich!

Oh, there’s just so much good information here it is almost mind-boggling. Yet true to form, we will keep this oversimplified!

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridge’s character) is a software engineer during the early days of engineering software. He is brilliant- a sheer genius he is, pardon the pun, light-years ahead of the game! Kevin is also a single father to a little boy named Sam.  Kevin is nearing a pioneering breakthrough for software and is working almost around the clock with his team to produce. As with all good stories, something phenomenal occurs and alters everyone’s reality. No spoilers here!  I will also add that it is such a phenomenal event that they were able to continue it into a sequel.

Work-Life Balance

Kevin Flynn didn’t have what we now call a work-life balance. He was obsessed. He spent little time with his family in order to fulfill his career goal. Often times it is the families of individuals who choose this. Kevin shared his “secret” with his son. Almost 30 years became quite useful, but until that point his son’s life was not fulfilling. Let’s remember that when we work, we work for a particular quality of life for ourselves and our families. Always remember what is important! Don’t become obsessed with work or a project.

The true reality of Perfection

Kevin Flynn in Tron: Legacy says to a character in the movie, “The thing about perfection is that it’s unknowable. It’s impossible, but it’s also right in front of us all the time. You wouldn’t know that because I didn’t when I created you.”

Ahhh, the years of wisdom shine through in this statement 🙂 Perfection is elusive and typically not what we think it is- don’t continue to develop your business of your products blindfolded! Often times when we work diligently to create perfection, we create some other quite surprising by-products… be careful and don’t get caught here like Kevin did!

Mentors and Sidekicks Matter!

That’s right Mavericks may get there first, but they typically don’t win!!! So Batman had Robin, and the Lone Ranger had Tonto, who do YOU have?

I almost don’t want to write anything after that question because you should stop and really think about who you have to assist you along your journey to success. … Did you think about it yet? …  Hope so because this is a biggie! Do you have someone to help you when you are in uncharted territory to discuss strategies and desired outcomes? Do you have someone that you can bounce ideas off to help you co-create even better solutions? Hope so! If not, do so now!!!

If you don’t know who to call, call me (my number is at the bottom of this posting) and we figure out who you should be partner up with to get you your desired results in a win-win outcome 🙂 Do yourself a favor and don’t make yourself sit there in your almost successes like Kevin had to (can’t say more without spoiling this). Find yourself a mentor, coach, companion, or partner so you can achieve your successes sooner and with even grander results than if you did it alone 🙂

Next Review: A Classic: Jerry Maguire

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


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  1. Thanks for the post Maggie. I agree with having support. I have several friends who support me, Barb, and then I also have a business coach.

    My friends support me personally….like “yeah Barb you can do it, I know you can!”
    This is very important. Others sometimes can believe in us, even if we can’t believe in ourselves.

    The business coach can hold the vision with you of what your business can be…AND give you steps to achieve that. They have this bigger broader vision, of what your business can be. They have tons of business knowledge that I will never have.

    I always go back to this: Vision, Mission and Purpose This was the start of my offerings going from a hobby to a profitable business.

    I love my coach!!!!

    Blessings, Barbara Marie

    1. It’s so awesome to hear that you understand the importance of your Purpose, Vision, and Mission Statements to build a strong successful business for yourself! And thanks for the coaching compliments! I’m so honored to help you build your successful business!

  2. Cool info here…saw Tron 1 years and years ago….haven’t seen Tron 2…guess it may be worthwhile after all!

    Good information here especially about maintaining a life separate from your business and the need for a support system.

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