Spending time with family can be a time for fun, food, and entertainment. You never know when you will be introduced to a new dance that is really an old dance revamped, or maybe a new recipe to add to your culinary arsenal. One of the favorite activities in my family is to have movie marathons. Some are family friendly and some are action hero surround sound worthy scream fests. Life can get pretty busy so I don’t always get the chance to see the latest movie the moment it comes out, but when I do watch it I always want to be able to talk about what made it fun for me or why we need to watch it again. After watching monster’s University (yes i love animated film but who doesnt…lol) I have to say that I connected with so many lessons that encouraged me for my career and business. Check out the 7 inspiring lessons I learned from Monster’s University.
7 Inspiring Lessons I Learned From Monster’s University:
1. Create your own crowd
Many times we want to automatically connect with the “in’ crowd at an organization but sometimes it’s the underdogs that have the upper hand. They come with the hunger for success and the tenacity to see it happen.
By creating your own crowd you will ensure that valuable input is made on your end within the parameters of your own control. Tweaks and adjustments to your crowd may prove necessary, but these changes should be simple and feasible so that you can swiftly make the alterations needed and keep moving forward. You have the power to create the crowd that works best for you.
2. Create a strategy for your goals
Your goals are the main driving force behind your path to success, and you need to develop a strategy to go about meeting these goals. With careful planning and systematic implementation, you can effectively set goals and proceed with meeting them sequentially. Creating a strategy and a plan are important initial steps that can save you time and effort in the future, so focus on putting in the necessary effort up front to promote long-term success.
3. Never bow to intimidation
From time to time there may be various things that threaten to dissuade and intimidate you against meeting your goals. Obstacles may be placed in your path and you just need to ensure that you persevere and do not allow yourself to become intimidated. There are many interacting factors that when combined may seem daunting and even frightening, but you need to trust in your own abilities and believe in yourself to stay the course and reach for the top.
4. Working hard is a transferable skill
A valuable thing to note is the degree to which hard work can be transferred through various aspects of your skill set. There really is no substitute for hard work, and if you possess the intrinsic motivation necessary to push yourself to your limits and remain determined to accomplish your goals, you can do anything. By remaining diligent and fastidious you give yourself the best possible odds of achieving success. Working hard at one aspect can remind you of your abilities to work hard in other avenues as well, so ensure that you carry these sentiments through each task on your path to success.
5. The expert is not always the expert (prove you are the best)
Every field has people who are considered experts, but these people may not necessarily always be the ones with the true expertise. People are considered experts for one or more reasons (usually based on a proven track record of relevant research and experience) but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be contradicted or overruled. By putting in the work and doing the necessary background research, you can make yourself an expert on any topic and have your expertise valued as well.
6. It’s great to be part of a team
Teams are a great tool that can be used to help achieve success. By surrounding yourselves with the right people you will be poised to seize opportunities when they arise. Once your team is in place, you can perform a self-assessment by evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your team. You can then capitalize on the positive aspects of your team and improve any weak points while addressing any lingering threats that may impede the ability of your team to successfully exploit any available opportunities. Make sure you are always checking in with this evaluation process as various factors change, and keep making improvements whenever you can.
7. Hire a coach
A coach can be another excellent tool for guidance and encouragement. Select a proper coach by finding one that addresses the needs of you and/or your team and work with them to make improvements. Coaches can offer a different point of view and can help you see things differently. If everyone involved encourages and supports one another then the likelihood of success will increase due to the nurturing and supportive environment created.
This movie helped me to re-energize my passion for sharing my gifts and created a wonderful conversation with the young and mature members of the family.