Week 33: Movies, Popcorn, Laughs, tears, and thoughts.


I just finished watching half a dozen movies as part of our weekly MKMMA assignment. I have to admit that watching those movies was a pleasure and gave me very important lessons that are in tune with our 26 week program.

Let’s talk about each film and what was the most memorable quote of each movie.

October SkyOctober Sky (1999): The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.

Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. (born February 19, 1943) is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller, is studied in many American and international school systems, and was the basis for the 1999 film October Sky.


“Coal mining may be your life, but it’s not mine. I’m never going down there again. I wanna go into space.

“A rocket won’t fly unless somebody lights the fuse.”


Cool RunningCool Running (1993): The movie is based on a true story about the unlikely formation of a Jamaican bobsled team to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. … With the help of Sanka Coffie (Doug E. Doug) they form the first Jamaican Bobsled team and head off to Canada to compete.


-Yul Brenner: Look in the mirror, and tell me what you see!

-Junior Bevill: I see Junior.

-Yul Brenner: You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!

Door to Door

Door to Door (2002): This film is based on the inspirational true story of Bill Porter (William H. Macy), a man afflicted with cerebral palsy, is desperate to find a job despite his condition. He uses his sense of humor, determination and winning spirit to convince a manager to hire him as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins, a supplier of household items and baking products. Porter walks several miles every day on his sales route, eventually working his way into the hearts of his customers. Door to Door’ is a story of patience, persistence and friendship.

God created us all, Shelly. He doesn’t make mistakes.


RudyRudy (1993): This film is a true story about Daniel Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin), the first boy and the third of fourteen children who wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but has neither the money for tuition nor the grades to qualify for a scholarship. Rudy redoubles his efforts to get out of the steel mill where his father works when his best friend (Christopher Reed) dies in an accident there. Overcoming his dyslexia thanks to his friend and tutor, D-Bob (Jon Favreau), Rudy gains admission to Notre Dame and begins to fight his way onto the school’s fabled football team. The movie RUDY is a True Story.  Rudy’s Dream was real, the tackle was real, the carry off was real.  The Struggle was real.  The Victory was real.  The movie was made to tell a story that would inspire others – to let people know that no matter what the odds are, they can overcome them – they can win.  No matter what your background, your grades, your size – you can find a way to succeed.  It won’t come easy.  The message is clear that you need to struggle, you need to prepare to earn your Dream.  It’s all about The Dream, The Struggle, The Victory!

Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to go to school here, and ever since I was a kid everyone said it couldn’t be done. My whole life people have been telling me what I could do and couldn’t do. I’ve always listened to them, believed in what they said. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I’ve been ready for this my whole life.

When are you gonna quit? Never!


The Good LieA Good Lie (2014): The film tells the true story of a group of Sudanese children orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims, simply as “The Lost Boys”, traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

African Proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together.”


WildWild (2014): Based on a true story, the film tells the true story about Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), who makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage, and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack, and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.


“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything differently than I had done? What if I’d actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

What do all these movies have in common?

All of the films were based in a true story.

All of the films portrait characters that, despite resistance, challenges and life circumstances were determined by their actions to live out a hero’s journey till the end.


Lessons learned and validated:

  • Life & career success and fulfillment are connected.
  • Own your Definite Major Purpose (DMP).
  • Have a strong desire and maintain a positive mindset.
  • never_give_up_poster-r652d918627f245a7adcf02d14e4f72f8_ina07_8byvr_1024Stay focused on your goals.
    • Never give up, hang on to your dreams.
    • Follow a plan of action.
    • Execute success habits.
    • Repeated action even small ones over a long period of time have a compound effect.
    • Commitment, persistence, perseverance, and patience always pay off.
  • Don’t be living based on circumstances.
  • Don’t allow resistance, challenges, and frustrations derail you.
  • Accept support (and a mentor).
  • Be open to changes, and opportunities.


In conclusion,

We all share those characteristics that consequently lead us to a successful passionate, fulfilling life where one realizes their purpose, passion, and goals. We only need to “see” the true ourselves and being courageous enough to live the life we are destined to live!




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