Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tip#976: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 12 – Star Trek Beyond

Kirk: "We got no ship, no crew, how're we going to get out of this one?"
Spock: "We will find hope in the impossible."

The original 1966 Star Trek series was the first TV show to ignite my imagination and inspire my vision for an exciting future! It also showed me what teamwork looked like. I had already moved to Canada from the Philippines as young child and was watching reruns of a show that showed me diversity in a workplace representing Blacks, Asians, Russians, women as equals and alien species. And most importantly I got to see them work together solving problems in each episode!

In the first two reboot Star Trek films of 2009 and 2013 I always felt they were missing the core spirit of the original series (and the four other TV series that followed). I’m very happy to say that on the show’s 50th anniversary, the latest film, Star Trek Beyond, delivers more of the wonder, fun and team spirit I know and loved!


This is in thanks to the vision of director Justin Lin and co-writers Doug Jung and Simon Pegg (who also plays Scotty). They are all fans of the original show so their love and passion is felt throughout the film. They also continue the vision of original show creator Gene Roddenberry for diversity and inclusion with the reveal of a gay character. Crewmember Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown briefly with his daughter and partner (a cameo played by Jung).

Along with some touching emotional moments and exciting special effects I was inspired to see the team spirit and teamwork among these iconic characters. They demonstrated, once again, how effective cooperation was over conflict with one another.

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The science fiction action film, Star Trek Beyond, is the third chapter of the alternative timeline movies where the crew of the starship Enterprise must recovery from a surprise attack of an alien commander named Krall (Idris Elba). The returning cast members bring a great sense of adventure and camaraderie thanks to Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg, Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). See: movie trailer


The loss of their ship is devastating and yet each person demonstrates perseverance, resilience and indestructible optimism. These factors then lead them to creative thinking and resourcefulness as they address each problem one at a time on the alien world they are stranded on.

The main crewmembers each demonstrate how their individual talents and skills are quickly applied to the problem solving discussions. This is especially evident in the third act where the action and challenges escalate to thrilling cinematic levels. The lessons in Star Trek Beyond of leadership, teamwork and diversity all exude the spirit of what has made Star Trek special and inspirational for 50 years!

Inspiring Themes:
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Resourcefulness
• Problem Solving
• Creative Thinking

Original show creator Gene Roddenberry also envisioned our future as one where we lived in the spirit of cooperation and not conflict with one another. This belief is especially highlighted in this film between Krall and Kirk. Krall argues that unity is not humanity’s strength but a weakness and Kirk responses that it is the opposite. In the end it is the film’s message to reaffirm that surviving and overcoming seemingly hopeless situations are always achieved through unity, cooperation, camaraderie and a resilient, optimistic group vision!

I highly recommend finding inspiration in films you enjoy that demonstrate effective teamwork and problem solving. Let the characters you resonate with mirror your inner strengths to be part of a team capable of achieving goals and tasks no matter how difficult they appear. Movies can excite you to see a positive future for you and the people you work with. Start creating that future today!

Related Tips:
Tip#849: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 6 – Invictus
Tip#954: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 10 - Captain America: Civil War
Tip#963: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 11 - Money Monster
Tip#429: Cultivate A Team Spirit Mindset - Rescue Dawn

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tip#975: Benefits of Box-Office Bombs, Part 4 – Independence Day Resurgence

After the recent thrill of seeing the new Ghostbusters film (see tip#974) I was in the mood for another summer popcorn movie and knew I had to see Independence Day Resurgence on the big screen. Alas the difference between both was that Ghostbusters was much better as a cinematic experience even though both were tapping into nostalgic feelings of their first films.

Independence Day Resurgence was considered a box-office disappointment in North America but did better internationally though I always remain open in my opinion. And with most films I see there were several “golden nuggets” or silver linings I found from this movie. These are the moments I feel a positive emotional charge from whether it’s a specific situation or quote by a character. These meaningful moments are the same benefits you can receive from any film good or bad if you are open to it.

Note: I chose to show the Chinese version of the movie poster because it was much warmer than the North American one!

Independence Day Resurgence (2016)

The science fiction action film, Independence Day Resurgence, is the sequel to the 1996 film, Independence Day, and takes place 20 years later where Earth has developed hybrid alien technology in preparation for more alien attacks. Despite flaws in the film it is still entertaining and showcases some visually stunning sequences and the welcome presence from returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox and William Fichtner. See: movie trailer


Yes some of the action scenes were overblown like the enormous size of the alien mothership that’s 3,000 miles (4,830 km) in diameter. And yet it felt great seeing the return of Goldblum, Pullman, Hirsch and Spiner as well as the amazing special effects, spaceships and alien characters. And the moments (golden nuggets) that moved me were the most human messages of the film. It was about how disasters and crisis unite people of all differences and beliefs. And these are important messages especially with the race problems and protests currently happening today.

Former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) has another powerful speech in this film…

“We always knew they were coming back. But look how far we’ve come. In the last 20 years this planet has been unified in a way that’s unprecedented in human history. That’s sacred. That’s worth fighting for. We convinced an entire generation that this is a battle we can win and they believed us. We can’t let them down. It wasn’t luck last time. It was our resolve.” 

Resolve is defined as firm determination to do something and to settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter). It is this term and the vision of global unity that I took away from this film. That is the silver lining I hope you take away too should you see the movie.

Each person can have a difference of opinion when it comes to the same film. They may feel so passionate about their opinion that it could lead to fighting over who is right or wrong. My wish and vision is that movies help unify people and focus on the shared values of a cinematic experience. Those are the ultimate benefits of the power of movies for our planet!

Check out this awesome mock news special highlighting the exciting alien hybrid technology and cultural diversity in the film: The War of 1996 | A United World News Special

Related Tips:
Tip#664: Benefits of Box Office Bombs, Part 1 – After Earth 
Tip#875: Benefits of Box-Office Bombs, Part 2 - Aloha  
Tip#949: Benefits of Box-Office Bombs, Part 3 – Gods of Egypt 
Tip#975: Benefits of Box-Office Bombs, Part 4 – Independence Day Resurgence

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tip#974: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 3 - Ghostbusters 2016

This is an epic life lesson from an epic evening I recently had about optimism, positive thinking and problem solving! As I learned over the years and now teaching in my speaker topic, How To Activate Indestructible Optimism, the results are so satisfying when you can automatically see the silver lining of any problem you must suddenly face in life and at work.

A group of five friends planned to see the opening night screening of Ghostbusters at 10pm at the Cineplex VIP Cinemas at Yonge and Dundas. We wanted to come and support the all female leads that had been receiving controversial media attention. The tickets were purchased two days in advance and we were all excited as we approached the entrance of the theatre. I was then surprised to find something on the ground and stopped to take a photo of it (more on this later).


We got our printed tickets and proceeded to the VIP theatre where I was in a giddy state because this would be my first time in the renovated VIP section! We met up with two other friends who purchased individual tickets so they had to sit separate from us. All of a sudden, we saw that people were seated in our assigned seats and that’s when we realized our printed tickets were dated for the night before!

This is the moment when a collective mindset of indestructible optimism kicked in among us! It didn’t matter where the ticket error came from because our intention was to solve this problem. Within seconds we notified one of the theatre staff named Kelly-Anne and she said the 10pm VIP screening was sold out but she would see about getting us five seats for the 10:45pm IMAX screening. I immediately told our other two friends already seated to come with us.

 With Kelly-Anne of Cineplex VIP Theatres

So as we waited in the VIP lounge, we began looking at other movie options within this Cineplex despite the late timing. Within minutes Kelly-Anne returned with five new tickets for the IMAX screening and would also take care of the other two friends who could now sit with us! On top of this she apologized and provided us each with a Courtesy Ticket to any other regular screening of our choice!

We were all in a state of silly joy as we thanked Kelly-Anne for the outstanding customer service and for saving this belated birthday gift from my friend and colleague Tammy Cunningham! Tammy and I celebrated by singing the Ghostbusters theme as we got our hot buttered popcorn and drinks and settled in for what would be an unexpectedly epic cinematic experience!

Ghostbusters (2016)

The comedy-action film, Ghostbusters, is a reboot of the 1984 film about paranormal enthusiasts forming a team to deal with ghosts in New York City. This highly entertaining reboot captures much of the iconic imagery and joy of the original while creating new situations and lovable characters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. See: movie trailer


I was in awe at how enjoyable this reboot was! It was fun, funny and extremely smart with an amazing tone I’m not able to define at the moment. I just know that I’m not wild about 3D films and yet this is a must see in IMAX 3D with the stunning visual effects of ghosts and proton pack blasts literally popping off the screen! Plus McKinnon’s character Jillian Holtzmann and Hemsworth as the world’s worst receptionist are hilarious and scene-stealers! Teamwork was also a fantastic theme that stood out for me.

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Indestructible Optimism
• Resilience
• Leadership
• Team Spirit & Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships


This film has received an enormous amount of backlash since it’s first trailer for having all female leads and I did my best to not be influenced by the constant negative media updates. My optimism was kept activated thanks to a brutally honest, rave review by one of the original Ghostbusters, Bill Murray in an interview on The Jimmy Kimmel Show (see here at 2 minute mark). Though I still questioned his positive attitude because from all the trailers I couldn’t see how good this movie could be. And yet I was very open to the silver lining.

This is what activating indestructible optimism is all about at its core. It’s about believing and seeing a silver lining within a negative situation and trusting that everything will turn out positive. And that’s what happened on this epic evening out at the movies when faced with an unexpected challenge. We remained optimistic and ended up being provided with an even better cinematic experience thanks to the VIP service we were given at Cineplex!


After staying for the post-credit scene we left the cinema past 1 AM feeling energized and in a state of bliss. I then remembered what I found on the floor outside the entrance of the theatre. It was a shiny dime. And as I’ve written before on my movie blog, whenever I find a dime I know it is a heavenly sign that my father’s spirit is with me at that moment (read more). I laughed at how beautifully ironic this dime was since we had just seen a movie about ghosts and spirits! In the back of my mind I wondered if my dad had a hand in making sure this belated birthday gift would turn out grand. Either way it was an epic evening shared with friends!

Activating optimism can take time, training and practice and sometimes it is necessary to reboot your default beliefs and mindset. Be inspired by movies and real-life stories that demonstrate problems being solved thanks to positive attitudes and thinking. Be inspired to build your own indestructible optimism and soon you’ll have your own success stories that will thrill you and excite others who hear it!

Related Tips:
Tip#593: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 1 - Argo
Tip#904: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 2 – Depression - The 33
Tip#974: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 3 - Ghostbusters 2016
Tip#200: How To Build Indestructible Optimism - Top 9 Movie

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tip#973: How a Movie That Was Never Made Can Inspire! - Superman: Flyby

This is going to be an unusual post because it is about a movie that was never made but has a concept that moved me deeply. I am inspired to write about it because of the same positive emotional energy I've been feeling from my recent birthday celebrations and the hundreds of birthday wishes I received on Facebook and Linkedin. This positive energy is what I talk about in my popular speaker topic, How to Re-Energize Yourself and is about being more conscious of what activities, passions or movies lift you up and fuel your drive when you feel stuck or lost.

The irony is this inspiring movie I want to share with you was never made but the writer/director's brief comments about his approach to a classic superhero excited me so much that I wished it was made instead of the version that was released! The writer/director was J.J. Abrams and his script was for a 2004 reboot of Superman called Superman: Flyby. Here is what he said in Empire Magazine...

“The thing that I tried to emphasize in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.  

“The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.  

“The idea in the movie was that he became Superman because he realized he had to finally own his strength and what he’d always been.”

Isn't that inspiring? I wrote in the previous post (tip#972) that Spider-Man 2 is the greatest self-help superhero movie. And yet if Abrams had made the film he describes here that might have changed my opinion! The concept he describes is so powerful it could've been a film that many would relate to. It would have many life lessons to help people overcome their own self-doubt, self-confidence and self-worth issues. It would have been a fantastic teaching tool for kids and adults to embrace their inner strengths, gifts and talents!

This photo shows actor Henry Cavill auditioning for Superman: Flyby in 2004. He eventually went on to star in Man of Steel (2013)

In the end the concept of this Superman movie excited me so much that I could feel my positive emotional energy flowing! That positive energy is fuel that could then be applied to my work, my relationships or other areas of my life. I ended up applying that energy to write this blog so you can receive some inspiration or motivation!

So let this remind you to be conscious of what excites or energizes you so you know what resources to engage in when you are feeling stuck or lost. And if a movie or any idea inspires you then let that energy flow and grow! It will re-vitalize your enthusiasm to move forward and unleash your inner strengths!

Read more: Superman: Flyby, J.J. Abrams' Superman Movie

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tip#972: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 5 – Spider-Man 2.1

Today is my birthday and the past 48 hours have been a whirlwind of feel-good events! I’ve been spending time with my mom, a family birthday dinner treat, work opportunities are flowing and I’ve been exploring the vibrant downtown Toronto neighborhood where I am house sitting for the summer!

I’ve really been feeling different and that my energy has been in an expanded state rather than contracted. I know it’s all thanks to the personal growth work I’ve been doing, meditations and gut health diet. Plus I found two shiny dimes on each of the two days leading up to my birthday. And as I’ve written before I always know deep in my heart these are signs from heaven that my dad’s spirit is with me. See: Tip#966

Synchronistically, I was guided to see a movie that mirrored how different I’ve been feeling. Spider-Man 2.1 is the extended edition of the second Tobey Maguire film and this was the first time I saw it. It has 8 minutes of extra footage or alternate scenes and some actually reinforce my original review on believing it is the greatest self-help superhero movie! See: Tip#850

Spider-Man 2.1 Extended Edition (2004)

The superhero film, Spider-Man 2.1, is about three stories. One is about Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s (Tobey Maguire) fight with Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco). The second is a love story between Peter and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and the other is a personal growth story of Peter struggling with his self-identity, self-confidence and direction in life. See: extended edition trailer


Some of the new footage expand on action scenes and yet my favourite adds to an already insightful scene. It’s when Peter sees a doctor trying to figure out why he has lost his spider powers. The added dialogue from the doctor is thought provoking for anyone having doubts about their life or career. Peter is reminded that he always has a choice. He has a choice about his duties as a superhero or to having a normal life and be with the woman he loves.

This leads Peter to making personal growth changes in his life in a charming, playful montage (to the song Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head) making him feel positive and radiating that positivity for others to see as well. This is the moment that mirrored my feel-good events at the time of this writing! And when Peter tells Mary Jane that he is different and can commit to a relationship she still has her doubts. But as she is about to leave in a cab she turns and says encouragingly, “You are different.”

Inspiring Themes:
• Personal Growth & Development
• Self-Confidence
• Focus
• Life & Career Choices
• Resilience

Life and career can cause us to have doubts and question the paths we are on. And yet movie heroes can mirror our situations and inspire us to remember we always have a choice. Choose the path that makes you happy! And then you’ll be radiating that positivity for the world to see!

Related Tips:
Tip#530: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 1 - The Color of Money
Tip#570: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 2 - Nim's Island
Tip#693: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 3 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Tip#971: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 4 – Iron Man 3
Tip#972: How Movies Mirror Your Inner Strengths, Part 5 – Spider-Man 2.1 
Tip#850: The Greatest Self-Help Superhero Movie - Spider-Man 2

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