Recently, I saw James Cameron’s newest blockbuster movie, Avatar. I watched it not once, but twice. Yes – it was that good. And, believe it or not, I have been contemplating seeing it a third time. While some have dubbed it as “political” and others as a “religious heresy”…
…I saw it through the eyes of an entrepreneur.
There are so many deep messages woven into the script that it is amazing. The visual effects are outstanding; the acting is amazing; and the message timeless. While, there were several outstanding concepts that can relate to developing your business and maintaining the entrepreneurial mindset, I only want to focus on a few I found most profound today.
Entrepreneurs must have vision and be able “to see” what the average person does not see.
The inhabitants of Pandora (Navi) continually refer to “seeing the forest”, or “seeing another person”. This concept means to look beyond the surface and see what the average person can not, and does not, see. It essentially means to “see into”.
Entrepreneurs must be diligent and determined to “see into” their business and understand those things hidden to the average human eye.
Entrepreneurs must transition their focus from the natural world, to the dream world.
At one point in the movie, Jake Sully awakes from his Avatar capsule with this thought: “Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world and in here is the dream”. Profound! His dream world, was now his reality and his reality his dream world.
Entrepreneurs must live and walk in their dreams until they become more real than the non-dream.
Entrepreneurs must not let what others think of their ability to be successful in fulfilling their dreams influence their pursuit of those dreams.
Throughout the movie the inhabitants of Pandora (Navi) continually taunt Jake Sully’s Avatar by calling him a “dream-walker” and doubting the ability of a “dream-walker” to be able “to see” into the forest well enough to understand it. Jake Sully’s determination, however proves them wrong, and he keeps working and seeking to understand the ways of the Pandora until he does “see” as they do.
Entrepreneurs must not let the “naysayers” or the opinions of others influence them in abandoning the pursuit of the vision they have for their business.
If you haven’t seen this movie – I highly recommend it. I would encourage you to not watch it as an average movie goer, but to watch it through the eyes of an entrepreneur.
If you have seen it, please leave some comments below and let me know your thoughts. Were there any entrepreneurial “ah-ha” moments for you? What were they?
Dr. Krista Abbott is an Internet revivalist, author, speaker, creator, and coach spreading a message of love and hope. She is passionate about helping people discover and fulfill their purpose in life while equipping them with the resources they need to realize success. Through her business, Krista serves multiple international clients in the areas of publishing, writing, product development, social media management, internet marketing, and leadership training, as well as business and life coaching.
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