The king, his speech and why I’m going to rule the world

His Majesty King George VI of the United Kingdom.

His majesty King George VI of the United Kingdom (Image via Wikipedia)

I get very reflective after seeing certain movies. My friends are usually like, ‘Geez, it’s just a movie and you got all THAT from it??’ But I do. I’m a rather deep person and I find it easy to not only spot the less obvious lessons but to also draw a parallel to my life.

So, it’s no surprise that after seeing The King’s Speech (starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush) a few days ago, I started to get introspective (as usual). It was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Without giving too much away, the king of a quarter of the world (King George VI) stammered and so dreaded giving speeches. His courage, the friendships that develop and the enviable support of his wife were the things I found most moving. Now I’m determined not to let my imperfections stop me from taking chances and seeking out opportunities. Together with recent insights gained on my personal development journey, I have learned that:

1. I don’t have to know everything or be good at it all. I can surround myself with people smarter than me or those who know what I don’t know. Learn from people, instead of shying away or envying them from afar. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama consistently do this. They both surround themselves with people who have strengths in areas were they are weak.

2. I have to leverage my sense of humour. If I’m going to take chances, I will be rejected more than I’ll be accepted. When things look bleak, laughter is a good idea. The other option is of course, to cry, which is not really an option. Sense of humour is crucial if I’m going launch a business at any point in the future.

3. I need to develop and cherish my support network. Friends who encourage and support me will literally save my life. They will understand my moodiness in rejection and rejoice in my acceptance. Priceless.

4. It is FAR more important to be courageous than it is to be perfect. For some reason that I’m sure I’ll soon figure out, the re-affirmation of this makes me feel as light as air.

Needless to say, I highly recommend the movie to everyone who is living and breathing. The hyperlink above leads to the movie trailer so have a look. It is a true story and it speaks volumes about how even the people we admire from a distance have deep struggles and inadequacies. Sometimes, we get close to people and find that they are not as admirable as we initially thought. Other times, in exceptional encounters, we find that they are even more admirable than meets the eye. This latter realisation is the case in The King’s Speech.

Sigh! It feels good to be human….. Long live the King! (Of course, he’s long dead but you get the general idea ;).)

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Comments

  1. related to your
    4. It is FAR more important to be courageous than it is to be perfect.
    what I today wrote about RAGE:
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/rage/

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  2. These four insights are so important. Regarding a support network, I was reading recently someone’s idea that the networks (sanctuaries, she called them) that we become a part of and help to nurture are the very things that help us to make healthy changes in the long term. Resolutions come and go, but the support of a community is what helps make us. Thank you for reminding your readers how important this is. And to leverage your sense of humor.

    “Now I’m determined not to let my imperfections stop me from taking chances and seeking out opportunities.”

    Yes! That’s a great way to put it.

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  3. Perfection is indeed an illusive thingy. Great post!

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  4. Thank you for this post! I constantly have to remind myself that (1) I don’t have to know everything, and (2) I should laugh when I get in trouble because I forgot (1).

    As I tell my son, we practice to progress, and we progress toward perfection. Never mind if we actually get there.

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  5. As always, I love the way you think! And especially love the humour as well as the logic in what you. I think you are amazing!

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  6. Something that helps me is to think about the worst thing that can happen if I do face my fears. For instance, what is the worst thing that can happen if I ask person A to do x? Most often than not, I realise that the ‘worst’ thing is not that bad at all and, immediately, feel liberated.

    Great post.

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  7. I finally saw this movie!!! Yes I’m really late!!! After reading your posting I became curious. My husband and I saw it and we were very moved. It reminded me that we can overcome the obstacles in our lives. I loved your posting. Always interesting 🙂

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  8. I know you originally responded to my posts about “Limitless” and Elizabeth Taylor, but I was looking through your prior blogs and found this one — and I reviewed “The King’s Speech”, which agrees uncannily with your assessment! We are kindred souls!! Just thought you might like to know.

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