Motivationally Misleading Montages in Movies
Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda? Any of the 3 movies?
I love those movies.
My son loves them.
My wife is getting rather tired of them.
Yet there is one part of these movies, and many other movies, that will always bother me.
The incredibly misleading…
TRAINING MONTAGE SCENE
It’s especially terrible because these scenes actually motivate us to get up and go do something about our own goals, which usually ends up backfiring. The reason it’s so motivating is that they make training look easy.
Training is NOT easy.
Training takes a really long time of intentionally doing the same things over and over again.
It gets really boring.
In the beginning, it’s fun and new and different. When it starts getting hard is when the real achievers are separated from the wannabes. Those who continue to become experts are praised to no end but how often do we get any sort of accurate picture of the incredible amount of work it took them to get there?
Think of your favorite writers, social media influencers, and role-models. Think hard about what it actually took them to get to where they are now.
Consistent effort, sustained over time, in small increments led them to success.
Yet these consistent efforts are far too often invisible to the rest of us.
I’m harping on one of the major themes in Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. If you haven’t read it check out Scribd or Overdrive and get this book in your head as soon as you can.
If you really want to achieve just about anything in life, you’re not going to get there in the time it takes to watch one of these montages. Or in the time they depict it takes the main character to become an expert or professional. Or even in the time it takes to watch the whole movie.
For success in each of your goals, find the one thing that answers this question:
If I did this every day or every week for a year would I improve to where I want to be?
Then do it.