Learning from Next Week!

Posted on May 30, 2011




Next week, on the 67th anniversary of the D-Day landings, “Learning from Movies” will make its first appearance at Forces of Geek. I thought today I would try to summarize the column so far.

Lessons & Inspiration

I think there are two big lessons to draw from these columns.


In the end, it’s character that matters. Cynics might disagree, but they’re just disappointed romantics. Look at Richard Nixon. He accomplished a lot of great things during his one term in office, but all we remember now is that he was a sweaty, filthy, liar. Character matters.

You are who you choose to be. You control it. What you think about, you do, and what you do, you become. Focus your mind on who you want to be, and every day, take at least one step to become that person. Surround yourself with friends who support your vision.


Life is not about what happens to you, life is about what you do with what happens to you. You can’t control Life. No matter how carefully you plan, things you can’t control are going to affect you. Big storms, financial disasters, and other things are going to come crashing in. You choose what to do with those things, what to learn from them, and how to face them. You control the story of your life, even if you can’t control all the events.

While you’re alive, LIVE.


I set out to write one of these columns every week for a year, just to see if I could do it. Now, just before I get halfway there, I’m moving to a bigger audience. Here are all the columns that I’ve done so far.

  1. Indiana Jones franchise
  2. Aliens 
  3. Die Hard
  4. Big Trouble in Little China
  5. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension
  6. Hudson Hawk
  7. Rocky franchise
  8. Tremors
  9. Conan the Barbarian
  10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  11. Ronin
  12. Major League
  13. Bull Durham
  14. Kelly’s Heroes
  15. The Magnificent Seven
  16. El Dorado
  17. The Replacements
  18. Office Space
  19. Secondhand Lions
  20. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
  21. Red Sun
  22. Under the Rainbow

Thanks for reading

I hope you’ll follow me over to Forces of Geek. Have a safe Memorial Day, and take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their countries. They passed the ultimate test of character.