September 20

Lessons learned from the Godfather, Part 1


I watched the first Godfather movie last night. I watched it once before and wasn’t impressed. Looking back, I’m not sure what my problem was, because this time I ate it up!

This time, it made a huge impression on me.

I’ll mention two specific items.

Decisiveness. One very clear issue is that once a decision was made, it was settled. There was no room for being wishy-washy.

Guts. There’s no better way to put it, in polite company at least. The Corleone family was willing to do “whatever it took” to achieve their objectives. Some of their actions were horrifying. Whatever was required, they did it.

What can we learn from the movie?

Decisiveness is crucial is you are going to achieve anything in life. Make a decision and see it through.

The guts part is a little trickier. Of course, violence and taking advantage of others is out of the question. But the willingness to stand up and go above and beyond for the good of one’s family is a lesson that more need to be mindful of today. I know I do.


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