A million people find inspiration from the scene in Rocky when Sylvester Stone climbs to the top of the steps and thrusts is arms in the air. It was moving and his hard work moved us. It was OK for me, but moments like that really move people. While scrolling through the TV guide yesterday I saw one of my favorite cheesy movies that I watch over and over, The Secret of My Success. I, of course, recorded it as it always amuses me and motivates me.
As I was watching it tonight I started thinking about which movies really motivate me and why. I decided to share my list with you. Here is my list off the top of my head. Which movies motivate and inspire you?
The Secret of My Success (1987)
Starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, and John Pankow
Fox is a young go getter who heads to his first job in NYC after college to find he has no job. Not only does he find a job, but works hard and thrives. A little office romance and comedy thrown in too.
I know it’s not as easy as the movie makes it, but they show him working hard. Late nights reading, working two jobs, networking, and making friends. He does it all correctly even for a movie.
Born Yesterday (1993)
Starring Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson
This is a remake of the 1950 movie of the same name starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford. A wealthy tycoon (Goodman) goes to Washington on business and finds his girlfriend (Griffith) is a social embarrassment. He hires a reporter (Johnson) to smarten her up.
What I love about this movie is that after not having an interest in the education as she learns little by little she embraces learning. She is reading, looking things up, having discussions. The fact that she can go from not knowing much of anything to opening up a whole new world is wonderful to me. I certainly don’t know everything contrary to my webpage JennyKnowsEverything.com, but I do know how to look things up and ask. I have it in me to learn anything I want to learn. My ambition is to learn a new language, know all the presidents, and learn how to build a car from scratch. My true searches are usually more like, “What’s this rash?” “How to write the best press release” “Which colors encourage people to buy online.” lol.
G.I. Jane (1997)
Starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, and Anne Bancroft
Under pressure political powers that be try to integrate females into elite SEAL/C.R.T program. Demi Moore is the female test subject admitted to the program even though everyone expects her to fail.
The workout program and Moore’s body in this movie are killer. There is no way on earth I can watch this and shove food in my face. I should watch it every day. Every time I see this movie it motivates me to change my eating and exercise more. I honestly do really well for at least a week after seeing this movie. Note to self, “Buy this movie and quit waiting for it to come on TV.”
Starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver
When an overworked under appreciated Secretary’s idea is stolen she finds a way to circumvent her boss and succeed in business.
She works hard, she is smart, she uses her resources. It motivates me to get creative. Not every job is going to be easy. Not every person you work with is going to look out for you or encourage you. You have to find those who have your best interests in mind and surround yourself with them.
Starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, and Gérard Depardieu
When a hard working woman is diagnosed with a terminal disease she decides to spend the rest of her time and money doing what she has always dreamed of doing. She cashes in her savings, quits her job and goes on a dream vacation. She worked so hard but didn’t take any chances until it was too late.
The movie is inspires me to work hard, but to live life to the fullest. Take chances, do the things you want to do. Try new places, new foods, meet new people. Life is precious and way too short. Nothing is stopping me, go do it now.
Starring Jane Wyman, and Hayley Mills,
My Mom used to watch old movies she loved as a kid with me and my sisters. This was one of them. I used to make fun of it, then I used to quote it, now I live by it. This movie was based on a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter.
Pollyanna comes to a small town and changes it for the better. She looks for the good in everyone and everything and plays “The Glad Game.” The Glad Game is simple. You find something good about anything. You burn your food? The restaurant you to instead was delicious. Your house is small and cramped? You have a warm dry place to live.
It’s really simple, but it taught me to look at the good instead of the bad and life won’t be so bad.
These are just a few of the movies that motivate me that come to mind, I hope you watch them and find the life lessons I get out of them. I really want to hear which movies motivate you. Tell me in the comments!