“Leave the gun, take the cannoli”

I must admit…I never watch TV and I rarely have the opportunity to indulge in a good movie.  There are moments when this can become painfully obvious and somewhat embarrassing.  When someone references a famous line from a classic movie I typically nod, chuckle and pray they don’t ask me a follow up question.  When the line isn’t supposed to be funny I’m usually called out on it, “Um, Heather, You never actually saw that movie did you?”  Sigh.

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever felt woefully undereducated in a certain facet of life?  It can make a person question themselves as a whole.

Whether its movie trivia, current events, or the ongoing quest for the meaning of life, continually working to improve yourself and open your mind to new ideas is one of the most important aspects of growth and fulfillment. 

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”  ~Henry L. Doherty

We have choices in our pursuit of wisdom.

  1. You can choose to feel badly about yourself for not being well versed in all aspects of life.  NOT a viable option in my opinion.
  2. You can be proud of your desire to improve and evolve and enjoy the process.  LIKING this one.
  3. When deciding where to focus your energies ask yourself how important acquiring this knowledge is to you…and why.
    1. You don’t have to know everything.  Specializing in your unique talent and delegating the areas you find less enjoyable or comfortable is an effective way to succeed.  You’ll free yourself to focus your learning on areas that bring you more joy.
    2. If the topic is important to you, do whatever you can to acquire the information.  Take a class, read a book, ask a mentor/coach, get creative and figure it out.

What gets you excited?  What have you always wanted to learn?  How can you improve in your chosen field?  Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to try?  A book you’ve heard of but just never got around to reading?  Now’s the time!  Take action.  Learn something new today. 

Now, who wants to join me as a finish The Godfather?

Action Step:  Decide on a topic you’d like to explore and either grab a book from the library or go online to do a little research on the topic.  It’s exciting to get started on a new adventure!

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2 Responses to “Leave the gun, take the cannoli”

  1. croix sather says:

    Hi Heather,
    Much like you, I do not watch TV and not too many movies either. Like you, I am constantly in pursuit of getting better as a person, leader, and most importantly, a parent. But I am changing something. I now schedule time to watch at least 3 or 4 movies a month. Pure fun. No documentaries or serious stuff here. Just for fun. As it turns out, I am learning anyway. Most good movies have a message or they inspire me or there is some other benefit. Sometimes it is just stopping and laughing. So like you, #2 is the best option, and now I am adding a 4th option. A movie night a few times a month. And the great part is that I have been out of the movie loop for so long, there are a ton of options.

    Thanks for the great blog keeps inspiring and helping me grow.
    Croix

    PS, after the Godfather, watch the Don Jaun De Marco with Jonny Depp. Pay particular attention to the line when Marlon Brando Don Juan asks, “Do you know where you are?” It is one of the greatest lessons in life ever.

  2. Heather,
    There is also a context mismatch that we can run into when we communicate with people of a different generation. How many people under the age of 30 have watched, much less appreciate the quotes from such classics such as “Stripes” (“Perhaps Madam would like to eat her luggage” or “It’s in da hole”) and “Field of Dreams” (“if you build it, he will come”).? On an (unrelated?) topic, I was running a race on Sunday and the cop directing traffic said, “Good race Sir!” When did I become a “Sir”? Maybe it is the white beard that threw him off.
    Keep writing !
    Dave Wheeler
    Fellow speaker and soon-to-be author

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