In the summer of 2009 and before the release of the blockbuster science fiction movie AVATAR, I had the pleasure of meeting the co-producer Jon Landau while he was speaking at one of our company’s annual meetings at Microsoft; at that time, we were all waiting to hear about how Microsoft’s KINECT technology was used in the making of the movie; Kinect was not yet due to hit the market, so we knew very little about it, and same goes for the movie, but the theme that was emerging was about taking risks and making big bets to pursue some great and worthy goals.
In 12 years, Avatar reached heights that very few films managed to reach and has become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, with a cumulative gross of $2.847 billion and almost single-handedly raised awareness of Theather IMAX and 3D viewing.
“Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail” ― Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey
But even before that, in 1997, James Cameron & Jon Landau brought to us an epic masterpiece, the Movie TITANIC;
So during the 2009 Microsoft meeting, when Jon was asked about the biggest learning he had from Producing Titanic, his answer carried one of the most powerful statements I have been inspired by since that day.
“We didn’t know if we could do it… But we knew if we didn’t try, there wouldn’t be a Titanic Movie.”
At several moments in our life, we feel overwhelmed by goals that seem more significant than our ambitions and would force us to go someplace we’ve never been before and become a stronger version of ourselves. Still, the stakes are very high, and the risk is too big… What if we fail?
I heard the statement that some goals are so worthy it’s glorious even to fail when I was still in University, and I have carried it in my heart ever since; I made a goal to become a CEO at 30 years old and work in a Multi-national Company at 35. I became General Manager at 25, and then at 28, I worked for Microsoft…
This week’s tip is not to be discouraged while trying to realize your goal; no matter how difficult the road may seem or how crazy it may sound, just KEEP TRYING…
And remember Steve Job’s Sentence:
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Have a wonderful week,