In the movie A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks played the role of baseball manager Jimmy Dugan, for a women’s’ professional baseball league team. Geena Davis played the role of real life catcher Dottie Hinson. As the star of the team, she had great sway over whether the team would listen to their manager.
At one point, Davis’ character tells Hanks that she is going to quit because it’s all too hard and taking too great a toll on her life. Hanks then challenges her by saying, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it. It’s the hard part that makes us great”.
Movies are known to have great quote lines. In a curious way, the movie The Empire Strikes Back also gives a lesson on effort. The wise character of Yoda says to Luke Skywalker, “do or do not. There is no try”.
Yesterday I walked up front to find three conference rooms with their doors closed. Lawyers were inside preparing their clients or meeting regarding cases. In movies or TV shows, the story is usually revolving around the case in the courtroom. In reality, the hard stuff goes on behind closed doors. Preparation is not supposed to be easy; it’s supposed to be hard. It’s the hard part that makes the case.
DID YOU KNOW that the main library at Indiana University sinks over an inch each year? When it was built, the engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
And for pic o’ day, it looks like we have a plan in action:
Sometimes it’s nice to reach for the notebook, give it a good shake… and see what comes out for a Friday blog.
Life is about choices. During a time of career slump, John Travolta turned down the part of playing the lovable Forrest Gump, a role that won Tom Hanks his second Best Actor Oscar.
From the history books is one of those rumored stories about President Lincoln’s well-known difficulties in finding a competent general to lead the Union armies during the Civil War. One General was roundly criticized by many and was ultimately hired, fired, and then rehired when his successors proved just as bad (General McClellan).
When Lincloln was asked why he didn’t just fire McClellan once and for all, Honest Abe replied with a question “And replace him with whom?” “Anybody.” came the reply. “That’s just it,” said Mr. Lincoln, “I can’t have ANYBODY. I have to have SOMEBODY”
And for pic o’ day, I really can’t tell if I am more distracted by the computer, a boxer at a desk, or the fact that someone is distracting hm from his work.
I did some history research for yesterday’s blog and didn’t get much reaction or comment as usual. At first, I felt like I was Tom Hanks, with no one reading the blog.
Then, I thought that instead of a blog, I should have focused my efforts like George Constanza, just sitting at the desk. (I hope you can see him playing the file drum. The movement makes me laugh.)
I was reminded that people are extra busy right now and probably don’t have time to read one of my long epistles. So, just thought I’d throw in some pictures today. And, of course, here’s pic o’ day. This one’s for you Mom!