Posted in Career, Review

What I Learned from Groot

Just finished watching Avengers: Infinity War with the family at CGV Cinemas in Buena Park, CA (shameless plug). The movie runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes but has you hooked just 5 minutes in. This blog won’t go into any details that will spoil the movie but I wanted to share something we can take from the movie and put into our work life.

One thing I love about team superhero movies such as the Avengers is that it shows each members’ strengths and weaknesses and that no role is insignificant when it comes to achieving the team’s ultimate goal.

I mentor a lot of young professionals and something I often hear them say is that they feel their position is going nowhere and that their role is not really important to the overall success of the company. I can can definitely relate to that sentiment, however, I always tell them that if a position does not contribute anything meaningful to the company, they wouldn’t create that position in the first place. Whether you realize this or not, your presence in important.

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One of my favorite characters in Avengers: Infinity War is Groot. As part of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, and now what we would consider a “teenager,” you would think, at first glance, that his role is not important at all, until his strength and skills became the important piece to finish a project. The one thing I love about his character is that he never felt insignificant. He knew his role and understood that his role was not quite needed yet, but he made sure that he was aware of what was happening with his team and was ready the moment that he was needed.

Let Groot, who is part of a big team, be a reminder that there are no small roles in any team. Do not be weary and anxious but be observant and do what you can to make the load easier for the team.

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We may not be Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther or Thor but that does not mean we are less important. Always remember: our skills and expertise play a part in achieving the vision of the team or company that we are a part of.

Happy Monday and thank you for the visit and the read.

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always,
Cicelle 

Posted in Living, Review

It’s Monday, Let’s Rewrite Our Stars

This weekend the fam and I watched one of the best movies of 2017, Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman. I found it entertaining, inspiring, and energizing all at the same time.

The movie has a simple but beautiful message about embracing the things that make us different. The only way others will come to accept us is if we have fully accepted ourselves. P.T. Barnum was a man with a big vision and had the dream of making people, happy which he achieved by providing a different kind of entertainment. He looked not for people who look like him but for people far different from everyone else. He made them believe that their difference is what makes them special.

Two things that stood out for me are the beautiful choreography and soundtrack. Both of which highlighted the multi-talented Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Kealla Settle, Zac Efron, and really just the entire cast of the film.

Two of the song from the soundtrack became instant personal favorites. One was Rewrite the Stars sung by Zac Efron and the beautiful Zendaya. (Side Note: Seeing Zac Efron sing and bust out some of those dance moves gave me major High School Musical vibes)

Although written as a love song, the lyrics talk about how no one can write our story but us. No one ever automatically gets a say in how our life pans out.

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It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
And why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Changing the world to be ours

The second song is This is Me which is also becoming one of the most popular songs this year (if you have not listened to it yet, do so). It shares a message of self-empowerment like Rewrite the Stars and plays like an anthem with its high tempo and a powerful choral presence from the ensemble. Truly a song for anyone and everyone. 

As we enter into a new week may we accept and celebrate our uniqueness as something beautiful that we can offer to the world. Like the fabulous characters from The Greatest Showman, let us not apologize for what we are or what we don’t have and just proudly bring our A game.

 

Happy Monday,

with love
Cicelle