Even politicians have discovered the “power” of films, because you can be certain that their persuading capacity is increasing.
If “politics”, which is historically rigid, finds a life line in film scenes, then in all probability, what we are doing is extremely effective.
Think about it. What does politics need to regain your trust?
Results. Immediately. And there are those that start to change their way of proposing themselves to voters. They try to be more pragmatic.
Thanks to “films” messages and examples are more immediately put over. There is a psychological aspect behind such effectiveness: seeing a film scene overcomes the resistance of a rational mind (I have illustrated this concept in more detail in the special report “Be Convincing Using Movies”).
How many of us today believe the promises of a politician? Not many.
And if a politician showed you a piece of the film “The Pursuit of Happiness”? I am sure he would gain more votes.
Lets make something clear! I am a non-party follower, and at this moment in time, I am apolitical, but I love cinema and training and I know that films can be extremely powerful in communication. That is why I hope that they are put to good use.
Some politicians choose the scene well to touch his audience. In a social context, it brings about the desire for payback and justice, while I personally find it useful to reflect upon the upbringing of our children.
I have recently become a father and I understand how difficult it is to find yourself “undecided” whether to protect your child from disappointment or encourage your child to take off.
How difficult it is to keep a balance between unconditional approval and the risk of falling into bad habits? However, representing the “generational change” for our children could be our most stimulating mission on this “merry-go-round”.
If you have had to deal with a severe education that destroyed your ambitions
If you have been influenced by the damage of a broken family
If you have had to invent an ounce of approval, without ever having heard “well done” from the mouth of someone you love
If, in order to overcome all of this, you are still working on yourself, then you know that your mission is to bring up your children without this conditioning and emotional twistedness.
To bring up a generation of determined men and women, built on self-esteem, they have to learn not to “be complicated” to be someone.
In the film Chris Gardner puts himself to the test as a parent:
“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
Before my children grow up, to the age when we can watch “The Pursuit of Happiness” together, I want to prepare myself. I have printed the words of Dorothy Law Nolte and I have put a copy in places where I can read it; continuously. It represents a remainder of my mission as parent and father
Children Learn What They Live.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Let’s help children to find love in the world.
“… and in case I don’t see ya…
good afternoon, good evening and good night!”…
(The Truman Show)