Despite a big part of the Paradise Rescued project being inspired by Ridely Scott’s “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard, I really don’t watch films even on 24 hour flights home from Europe. There’s always enough reading and thinking to be done without that distraction….so I shamelessly watch small excerpts on my neighbours’ screens instead! And up came the Lion King. My daughter was 8 years old when I last saw that…so I actually watched it myself. What a great film – in fact it is the number 4 all time best animated film. As we believe passionately in developing leadership and occasionally share our thoughts on this topic in our blog, I thought – why not share the lessons I learnt from the Lion King?
You will see that a couple of themes repeat themselves – all the lines are borrowed form the film. Maybe Disney together with Rafiki and Nala thought that they were specifically very important for Simba. Maybe for us too? So here we go…..
- Find your (Pride) Rock, your place from which you can review your world.
- Even Kings get scared.
- You are never alone – there is always someone there to help you.
- Remember who you are. You are more than who you have become.
- Be brave only when you have to, don’t go looking for trouble.
- Don’t believe the bad things that someone else may think of you.
- Balance is better than extremes.
- You can’t change your past, you can put it behind you.
- You are more than what you think you are.
- You are never down and out. Never!
- You can run from your past or you can learnt from it.
- Everyone can see the potential in you…so when will you?
Thank you Simba. You are a genius…..and if you don’t believe that, go look in the glassy reflection of the water hole – or even your own bathroom mirror! Please note where I put the full stops – did you read this paragraph correctly? Have fun…Hakuna Matata everybody!