Enemy at the gates

What to do if we want to influence others to do better

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Yesterday I watched a classic movie called “Enemy at the Gates” for the first time.

It started out as a gory, chaos and carnage-filled World War II movie, but turned out to be full of romance and heartbreak…. just… wrapped up in a ton of gore and chaos.

I was introduced to this movie by a mentor of mine.

We were having a discussion about why it is that so many people tend to sit around and wait for opportunities to be handed to them.

That’s living at EFFECT, if you’ve heard or seen my speak/read my writing before.

He sent me a clip from this movie, dropped the mic and walked away.

In this clip, there was a Russian General.

He was furious that the Germans, with their numbers and their technology, were thrashing the young Russian soldiers.

Unless they could raise the morale of their troops, they would lose their strategic position in Stalingrad and eventually the war.

Amidst the despair, a man shouted “Hope”.

He believed that if they showed the troops an example they would want to follow, they would be able to stand their ground.

It turned out that rallying the troops around the success of the unknown soldier turned hero sniper Vasily Zaytsev, was the single biggest turning point for Russians in the battle for Stalingrad.

True story.

I say that to say if we want to see change in others, we need to be the heroes of our lives.

Our friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers are all looking at us, whether we like it or not. We can choose to remain unknown or shine as beacons and examples for them to follow.

  • Give your best in everything.
  • Fail fast, fail often, but never give up.
  • Seek out opportunities and jump in with both feet.
  • Listen to the voice inside you that says “We can do more, let’s do it”.

Don’t mistake hiding in the shadows for humility. Being average and never pushing the limits doesn’t make you a better person.

Letting your light shine brightly will illuminate the path for others.

I commit to never hide in my comfort zone and always push the limits.

Make this commitment with me, promise me you will always play full out.

Talk soon.

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