We learn so many lessons from Books, Circumstances and from Life around us.
However, one more source of Learnings is from Movies. Somehow we look at Movies more for entertainment, but if we look deeply, then there are many Lessons in each one.
A day before, I saw Akshay Kumar starrer GOLD and the lessons I learned from them as an Entrepreneur are shared below. Let me know the ones that I would have missed.
Get into the system you want to change, to change it :
- Each one in Team is Important
In one of the scenes it is said “Barra khilari sirf wohi hi nahi jo Goal Kare, woh bhi hai jo gend ko sahi khilarri ke pass pahuncha sake”
This is all about the team. Yes Sales team may be most important as ultimately they are the one who achieves the final result, but all the other teams act as a catalyst for helping them and hence “Barra khilari sirf wohi hi nahi jo Goal kare, Barra khilarri woh bhi hai jo gend ko khilarri ke paas pahuncha sake”That is why we also say TEAM means “Together Everyone Achieves More”
- Use The Right Keyword
Connect with a person talking his Language, His Interests
The Monk was in Maun-Vrat for 5 years. However, he breaks his Maun Vrat when he hears the KEYWORD SAMRAT. Samrat was the captain on Indian Hockey team in 1936. The Monk who was guiding Tapan to head Monk mentioned that the Head Monk was a Big fan. So Tapan knew how to hit the Bull’s Eye. So we get 2 lessons from this moment. One is to speak the right Keyword and Secondly to talk about others’ benefit than yours. This scene was kiddish though 🙂
- Never Compromise With Your Respect.
Tapan finally managed to reach the Club to meet Wadia. And when Wadia agreed to listen to him. Tapan did not start till he was offered a seat. Rather he suggested through his isharas to ask/Suggest if he can sit down. This means a lot. Never compromise with your self respect. Talk as equals (Without Ego ofcourse)
- Poochne Mein Kya Jaata Hai
Those who know me and have read earlier blogs know that I’m a big fan of the concept “Baat karne se baat banti hai” and “Poochne mein kya jaata hai”
In GOLD there is a moment when Britishers intentionally placed India and Pakistan in the same POOL so that the Home team (Britishers) benefit. But then the case was appealed and the ruling was in India’s Favour. So whenever you are pushed in a corner do Question it, things may turn in your favor even when you are least expecting it.
- Be Frugal
Today as an Entrepreneur we have various restrictions. Monetary, infrastructure etc. When Tapan and his team got no funds to do the training, then they acted frugally and moved to a Monastery than a proper Stadium and Hostel. Aakhir, Kaam hona chahiye, jaise marzi ho.
- When Everything Fails, Then Rebuild.
Problems aayengi. Par gather yourself and move.
Painstakingly Tapan built a world class Hockey team, he traveled across towns and cities to pick the right people. And then when partition happened sab bikhar sa gaya, Tapan was at ground Zero. But then he gathers his courage and relently works towards creating a new team and then does a great job. Many a Times we are working on something and the Main Client refuses, Team leaders move on or the Govt Regulations change the game. But then it is the time to rebuild and not crib over the changed environment.
- When Nobody Helps Then God Does.
There are moments when we have nowhere to go and don’t have any ray of hope in sight. But then Miracles happen. You see things around you favoring you automatically. In this case, when Tapan had given up all Hope, Samrat comes in and offers to Train the team for 3 Months. That did help, That Saved the team.
- Utilize Your Team Members At Right Place.
Your Team may have many rock stars. But as an entrepreneur, you should know whom to use when. Often the best one is loaded with so many responsibilities is that he or she breaks up. You have to not only rotate the work but also see the work someone else in your team is capable of and use him to the fullest there. Same is what we saw in Indian Cricket a few years ago. Sachin may be the best Batsman but not necessarily the best captain. Hence the responsibility of captain was given to someone else and he was allowed to focus on his Qualities. In GOLD too, Raghubir and Himmat are great players but Dewan was made the captain as he was good in strategy and this also allowed Himmat and Raghubir to focus on their personal Games.
- Don’t Show All Your Cards. Keep Your Trump Cards Close
After the training ended Samrat tells Tapan that Himmat Singh is his Trump Card and asks him to use it well. And later though Himmat is the top Centre Forward player, he is not used in the ground. Reason being that he would come as a surprise to competition at the end and they would have no strategy to tackle him when they need it the most. Similarly, we should play our game ie Startup very well and give it all. Still, keep one Trump Card hidden so that it can be used when it is needed badly and should not be on predictable lines.
- Kabhi Kabhi Kuch Paane Ke Liye Kuch Tyagna Bhi Parrta hai.
We always focus on the best gear, perfect Infrastructure to do the work. And sometimes blame our losses on circumstances. In the movie, during the final match it starts raining and due to it, Indian team players start slipping on the now wet grass. Whereas at the same time because of spike Shoes, the British army keeps playing their normal game.
At that time, the Manager/Coach could Either blame the circumstances, the Infrastructure or take preventive action. And then he asked his team to remove shoes. It means, he asked them to relieve themselves of the very basic necessity and eventually that move helps them get a better grip and also win the game.
So kayi baari kuch paane ke liye Kuch tyaagna bhi parrta hai 🙂
So Kaisa laga jee?
If you have any more to add then please share. 🙂