As you travel along the path of life, you sometimes reach a junction where you take a turn. I’m not referring to a major about face or an oh-my-gosh-I’m-on-the-wrong-path … rather just a new course … an adjustment to your direction.
From the movie Forrest Gump, a good example of this type of turn in life could be the day Forrest was discharged from the Army. For years he served his country both in battle and playing ping-pong. Suddenly, he was free to pursue the dream he shared with Bubba. Forrest changed course and became the shrimp boat captain.
For the better part of the past year I’ve been on the path of developing and explaining my theory of Gumption. Gumption is the combination of Forrest’s three special character traits (integrity, presence, receptiveness) and four areas of daily living (choices, opportunities, adversity, and communication). All the while, I’ve been using the movie as a backdrop to make the case for each of Gumption’s seven principles.
Today I’m announcing the new concept of Life Lessons from the movie Forrest Gump. Life Lessons isn’t a new theory, or radically different from what I’ve been blogging and speaking about in my keynotes. Rather, it’s simply a new focal point. Life Lessons is perfectly consistent with Gumption. It’s my belief that Life Lessons will make Gumption more clear and meaningful.
Here are a few ways to think about the relationship between the two:
- Gumption is theory, while Life Lessons are stories.
- Gumption is the skeletal bones, while Life Lessons are the muscles.
- Gumption is the big picture, while Life Lessons are the practical applications.
- Gumption looks great on paper, while Life Lessons work in the real world.
- Gumption satisfies intellectually, while Life Lessons connects emotionally.
- Gumption is left-brain, while Life Lessons are right-brain.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I launch an exciting new course on Life Lessons.
Do you make course adjustments in both your personal or professional life?
When was the last time you made a course adjustment?
What course adjustment has been looming but you aren’t willing to make?
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