March 8, 2009

What I Learned from Hollywood - Part 7

Did you see that WALL-E won the the Academy Award for best animated film? For those of you that don't know WALL-E, it's a Pixar film about a robot that is left behind after mankind abandons earth.

Naturally for some people the message in WALL-E is an environmental one - save the planet! For others it's a love story. Yet others, including me, see the movie as an amazing example of what the talent at Pixar can produce. But what I really learned from WALL-E was something completely different...one person (or robot) can do the impossible!

WALL-E made me remember a time earlier in my career when I was on a high risk, long term, high impact, strategic project. Initially this project was a solitary pursuit, much like WALL-E's. In his story, he finds a plant during the course of his work. This plant appears after 700 years of cleaning the planet. This small live vegetation saves mankind!

I learned from WALL-E that one person (or robot) can do the impossible! So keep at it no matter what the odds and you will succeed!

Here are links to previous posts in the "What I Learned from Hollywood" series:

Part 1 - Heat

Part 2 - Scarface

Part 3 - Backdraft

Part 4 - Tin Cup

Part 5 - Jumping the Shark

Part 6 - The Last Starfighter

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