Those who know us well enough will concur that #babybaby and I are one of the most boring young couples you could ever find.
Well, for starters, we’d pick home over a night out, movie in our living room over the cinema, bottled water over any form of alcohol, shopping for gadgets over clothes. Perhaps that’s why we ended up marrying each other. *laugh* Perfect, right?
I believe we can actually count the number of times we’ve been out to the movies with 10 fingers. Or less. This is over 2 years, mind you. So yes, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Last Friday we contributed one more finger to our movie counter through a date with the mutants via the highest-grossing film in the X-Men film series. Besides the fact that it raked in USD310+ million in just the first seven days of release, I must say that this seventh installment in the X-Men film series left quite an impression on me, a layman.
X-Men: Days of Future Past.
While I leave the proper review of this engaging movie to the X-Men purists, I’d like to share 6 powerful leadership lessons I learnt from Charles Xavier during my 131 minutes with the mutants. :-D
Logan, I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me. -Charles Xavier
Always be remember and be grateful to the leadership figures in your life who chose to see past your immaturity and focus on your potential, making you the leader you are today; be it at your workplace, your social circles or even your home.
I’ve been trying to control you since the day we met, and look where that’s got us. I have faith in you. -Charles Xavier
There couldn’t be a clearer definition of management vs. leadership. Leadership 101. Are you a manager who tells people what to do, or are you a leader who nurtures and empowers others?
Enough ripples and you change time, for the future is never truly set. -Charles Xavier
Never discount the small things that make the big difference. Every decision you make today will affect your future. Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Can Gogh
Your best is enough. Trust me. -Charles Xavier
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress as a person or a leader, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. Remember also, that when values are clear, decisions are easy.
The greatest gift we have is to bear their pain without breaking and it comes from your most human part, hope. -Charles Xavier
Leaders are dealers in hope. As a leader, your job is to keep hope alive. Never give up on the people you love, no matter how unlovable they might be at times.
“The man who can keep his focus on what he wants can achieve it without feeling the pain it took to get him there.” –Dennis Devader
Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, it doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. -Charles Xavier
Failure is never final. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. Like John Maxwell once said, “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
Thanks for reading! Have you watched the movie and are there any lessons or quotes you'd like to add? :-D