What I’ve learned with them
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What I’ve learned with them

There are some movies more special than others when it comes to making us think. They show us life’s biggest secrets are between the lines, inevitably forming two groups: the regular people group, and the distinct people group. In my case, three guys have taught me to actually see through these secrets, and that was when I learned to make a difference: Tony Montana, Don Corleone, and William Wallace. I’ll tell you bellow what Scarface, The Godfather, and Brave Heart did for me.

Leadership is for few

Being a leader doesn’t depend on a degree, nor on the amount of money you have in your bank account. A diploma gives you knowledge (or does it?), but doesn’t give you experience. Management and command are related to intelligence and the overview you have of life. Being a leader is being able to put yourself in other people’s shoes, and make the others fight with or by you. The self-centered leader isn’t a leader at all, he’s manipulative, whereas the real leader is the humble one, who knows when to be tough. Being a leader is getting to know the many sides of the same story.

Always be honest
Want something to be well done? Do it yourself, and always be honest. Don’t be afraid to speak the truth, and keep it to your word. Openness is one of the world’s best virtues. Truth isn’t always pleasant, but it’s undeniable, whereas within lies lay many details. Openness generates respect on the long run. It’s the foundation of any relationship. “Everything I own in this life is my courage and my word, and I’ll never give these up, do you understand?”

Thinking is transcending

Think big, dream big, and work for it. Thinking big isn’t necessarily being arrogant. Trust your life goals, make them happen. To stay still when you have a dream is too much for those who’ve already been given free will. Fight for your ideals to the end, and be faithful to your instincts.

Do not judge who doesn’t like you

Worrying about what other people are talking about you affects your way of thinking. Be smart enough in order to know how to distinct between reason and emotion. Emotion affects you, while reason helps you being more practical.

Love your family

Before anything else, build and maintain your family. This pillar is the key-element for your spiritual growth. You gain nothing by being admired by some, and not have the respect of your own family. Love your parents and relatives. You exist thanks to them, and trying to honor them is part of your life history.

Do not mix friends and business

Friendship and business shall not be mixed. If you still can’t think like this, either you’re not yet ready for entrepreneurship, or you don’t know how to value a true friend.

Have the courage to act differently

It’s probably impossible reach big dreams if you don’t take risks. Risk is the food every human being needs in order to keep alive and active. Of course all risks offer consequences, so you need to be ready for the worst while imagining the best, keeping the balance to move forward.

Respect the value of friendship

You don’t look for your friends only when you’re in trouble. Friendship is loyalty. Sometimes you need them, sometimes they need you. Remember to exchange. “We've known each other many years, but this is the first time you ever came to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. (…) You didn't need a friend like me. But, now you come to me, and you say: ‘Don Corleone, give me justice.’ But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.”

The best speaker isn’t necessarily the best listener

Don’t talk too much! Real men know the time to speak. Listen carefully before you say something. Words have incredible power, and a sentence may become eternal as the strength of a knife or the lightness of a hug.

Try harder

Time doesn’t stop, and it certainly won’t be waiting for you to decide what is it that you want in life. No matter how happy you are, keep certain distance from your comfort zone. Work, but enjoy life. Study thinking about your future, but remember to live the pleasures of the present. Suddenly, when you open your eyes, your life is over and you feel guilty for not living everything you wished you had. “Keep walking, no matter what, keep walking.”

Gustavo Sana

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