Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tip#967: Focus & Persevere, Part 2 – The Martian, Extended Edition

I recently did one of my regular long distance walks for exercise and for mental health, this time it was 10 km (6.2 miles) that took three hours. These lengths can become meditative and I was able to think about the positives in my life like the fantastic experience I had being the keynote speaker for CAWEE, Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs. I thought about the wonderful women I met who resonated with my talk and were with organizations that could benefit from my movie and wellness experience (more details of the event in an upcoming blog).

The day I did this long walk was a very hot Saturday and my Weather Network app was showing a heat alert warning. The heat made the final ½ hour a challenge as I was feeling exhausted and legs were aching. But I started to think about movie characters from The Way Back or Lawrence of Arabia who had to walk long distances and that gave me the mental tonic to focus and persevere. I also just saw the extended edition of The Martian the night before and that also motivated me to complete my walk successfully!

My recent 10 km walk was made easier with these amazing sandals by B.U.M. Equipment! They helped get me through so hot day!

The Martian (2015) Extended Edition

The science fiction film, The Martian, is about astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) being left for dead by his crew on the planet Mars and how he survives alone. This visually stunning and engaging story of survival is inspiring in many ways especially since much of the science is real was consulted by NASA. See: movie trailer

Watney is an excellent example for demonstrating indestructible optimism with a sense of humour and a resourceful mindset. With his positive attitude he is able to find a way to communicate with earth, make water and grow food like potatoes. He also perseveres knowing he has target dates and a location for his rescue. The extended edition shows an extra 10 minutes of interesting footage like showing Watney completing the tasks of his fellow astronauts and how he lived while traveling across Mars.


Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision/Goal
• Perseverance
Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Strategic Thinking/Creative Thinking
• Problem Solving
• Resourcefulness
• Leadership
• Supportive Relationships/Teamwork

I highly recommend this film as an empowering resilience resource as it shows how inner strength can be utilized when faced with seemingly impossible odds. For me the film is also a mental tonic for dealing with long distance tasks and goals. I did what I had to do for completing my 10 km walk which meant resting when I needed to, hydrating, and most of all, enjoying the journey as best as I could!

Be motivated by your favourite movie heroes when you are facing exhaustion in your long-term tasks and goals. Let them re-energize your drive and focus to persevere. Be inspired to be resourceful and tap into your knowledge and skills to move forward. And remember to visualize your end destination. Imagine yourself smiling and achieving your goal!

Related tips:
Tip#516: Focus & Persevere, Part 1 – Tyler Perry - War Horse 
Tip#967: Focus & Persevere, Part 2 – The Martian, Extended Edition
Tip#726: Keep Believing & Persevere, Part 1 - In a World
Tip#879: Keep Believing & Persevere, Part 2 - Little Boy 
Tip#291: Persevere and Find Your Hidden Strengths – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tip#966: Top 4 Movies for Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

Dear Dad, 

Happy Father’s Day! I am missing you so much here. I think about you every day and wish I could hear the loving sound of your voice again. Thanks so much for all the magical shiny dimes I find that let me know you are watching over me. They always remind me that your spirit is alive and well and that one day I’ll see you again! 

I know I shouldn’t have any regrets but I still wished I could have said goodbye before you had to leave for heaven. Thankfully I always feel I get to do this whenever I watch the ending of the movie Meet Joe Black. And I’ll always remember how much we both cried during the goodbye scenes in the film Deep Impact. 

Thanks to your love of movies I feel forever connected to you through my own passion for films that has become part of my career. Thank you for showing me what unconditional love looks like. Most of all thank you for being the best father a son could ever have! 

With much love, 
Your son, Emmanuel 


My personal top 4 movies for remembering my Dad on Father’s Day:

Deep Impact (1998)
Tip#272: How Sorrow Connects – Michael Jackson Memorial – Deep Impact

Field of Dreams (1989)
Tip#115: Gifts from Heaven - Field of Dreams – Frequency

Frequency (2000)
Tip#115: Gifts from Heaven - Field of Dreams – Frequency

Meet Joe Black (1998)
Tip#166: How To Say Goodbye - Meet Joe Black


Read more of my Shiny Dimes Stories:
Tip#145: Believe in the Impossible - Ghost
Tip#313: Believe In Magic During The Holidays - The Family Stone
Tip#638: Praying, Faith & Indestructible Optimism - Unconditional
Tip#665: Your Greatness, Purpose & Focus – Man of Steel
Tip#740: The Timeless Love of a Dad, Dog & Son - Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Tip#966: Top 4 Movies for Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

Great article on spiritual meaning when you find dimes and pennies:
Finding Dimes and Pennies From Heaven

Related tips:
Tip#436: 12 Healing Movies For Grieving The Loss of a Loved One 
Tip#665: Your Greatness, Purpose & Focus – Man of Steel  
Tip#740: The Timeless Love of a Dad & Son - Mr. Peabody & Sherman 

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Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
 C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
See website: www.motivatorman.com

© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tip#965: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.3 - Selma

I have an iPhone app called Happynote and each day I add 3 things I am happy and grateful for. It always reminds me of the beauty and good in my life like my neighborhood I’ve grown to love over the past few years I’ve been here. There is a wonderful community of Italian, Filipino, Jamaican, Ukrainian people and more living peacefully side by side.

That’s why it was shocking to hear about the mass shootings in a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida recently. When these senseless tragedies against fellow human beings occur it feels like a rip into the fabric of our global community. Synchronistically, that same night and hours before the shootings, I was compelled to see the film Selma for the first time. There were difficult scenes to watch and yet it mirrored the violence that I would soon learn about in Orlando the next morning via the media.

Selma (2014)

The historical drama, Selma, is a about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelow) and his campaign to secure equal voting rights via a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. This film is, at times, a meditative chronicle of real-life events that then explodes into shocking and haunting acts of violence. It also shows the incredible resilience, tenacity and leadership of King’s vision and dream for equality. See: movie trailer


The scenes of racial hate and violence were painful to watch and yet the scenes of King’s speeches were uplifting. Also inspiring to see were the epic shots of hundreds of people, both black and white, coming together in common support of equal rights. It was emotional and breathtaking to see them marching peacefully arm in arm.

And this happened because the media was able to capture the atrocities that occurred on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. People and politicians across the country were able to witness crimes against humanity and then take action. They were inspired to become part of an important community for change.


Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Strategic Thinking
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Strength in Community
• Ethical, Legal & Political points-of-view

Throughout history a stronger sense of community always grows out of its painful periods. People help one another overcome unexpected crisis and find strength in each other. Find movies that remind you about the power of community to inspire you through difficult times. And if you are currently part of a loving, caring community then I hope you feel overflowing gratitude for this gift!

Related Tips:
Tip#517: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.1 – Big Miracle
Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Tip#965: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.3 - Selma


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C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tip#964: Life Changing Choices, Part 2 - Eye in the Sky

Looking back at my life and career I can see some difficult choices and decisions that led to amazing life changing benefits. I remember having to choose whether or not to stay for an additional year at high school even though I was already accepted to OCAD University (known as OCA then). With the help and advice from friends and family I chose to stay and then attended OCAD a year later. That year I was elected Valedictorian in high school and then started my first year at OCAD where I met my first girlfriend. Decades later she remains one of my best friends and has even hired me for speaking engagements!

I also remember the last time I saw my dad. It was pouring rain and I was looking at him through the water drenched windshield of my car about to pull out of the driveway. He had a sad look on his face and something told me to get out and give him one more hug goodbye. I made the decision to stay in the car and several weeks later my dad passed away unexpectedly. Looking back I do my best to honor the choice I made and yet there are days I wished I had given my dad that one last hug.

We make all kinds of choices and decisions every day at our work and in life. Then we get to enjoy or deal with the benefits or consequences that follow. Here is a film that explores the complications and challenges that develop from one important decision being debated.

Eye in the Sky (2015)

The thriller film, Eye in the Sky, is about the decisions, discussions and debates that arise from the use of drone warfare against people using terrorist tactics hidden in Nairobi, Kenya. This riveting story features excellent performances by Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, Aaron Paul as USAF pilot Steve Watts and, in one of his final roles, Alan Rickman as Lieutenant General Frank Benson. See: movie trailer


I was on the edge of my seat for the intense drama that unfolded! The heated discussions were as compelling as the live feeds they were watching from drones high in the sky as well as high tech surveillance that looked like a hummingbird and a flying beetle. The decision making process is constantly explored especially when individuals use the term “referring up” when they don't think they have the authority for approvals. The process reveals many ethical, legal and political questions that must be considered and answered.

Inspiring Themes:
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Strategic Thinking
• Ethical, Legal & Political points-of-view
• Accountability

Some choices can be made with confidence and others may need the aid and advice of other people. And some of these decisions can change the course of your life or career. In the end we all must take responsibility for the decisions and actions we take. I hope today your choices lead to positive outcomes!

Related Tips:
Tip#728: Life Changing Choices, Part 1 – Life of a King 
Tip#964: Life Changing Choices, Part 2 - Eye in the Sky
Tip#946: Trust Your Gut, Part 3 - The Finest Hours


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The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Tip#963: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 11 - Money Monster

I’ve been feeling extremely blessed and grateful for several close friends recently! For over a decade we’ve helped each other through life challenges, relationships and with each of our careers. One friend treated me to a thrilling supermarket shopping spree where she introduced me to the nutritional deliciousness of beet greens and Swiss chard! Whereas another friend I had helped with their social media photos introduced me to the 7-minute workout app!

Thanks to their knowledge and insights I continue to feel better and better as well as transform my lifestyle for achieving my wellness goals. And I love when I can be of service to them whether it is offering my knowledge and skills when they need it most or just helping motivate them forward. They always remind me that we are part of each other's team and that this is what team spirit is all about!

Money Monster (2016)

The thriller film, Money Monster, is about a live TV show of the same name suddenly taken over by angry investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) and holds it’s host, Lee Gates (George Clooney), hostage. This riveting story also has splashes of humour and strong performances by Clooney, O’Connell and Julia Roberts as the show’s director Patty Fenn. Plus it was fun to see Clooney shake his booty! See: movie trailer


As the intense drama unfolds you see how Lee and Patty adapt to the unexpected crisis. Thanks to an earpiece Lee is wearing, Patty can help direct him to stay calm and manage the disgruntled Kyle. She is constantly reminding Lee about his own communication skills and soon reclaims a confident, leadership role.

What was also inspiring to watch was how one cameraman named Lenny (Lenny Venito) maintains his position and responsibilities despite this life threaten situation. He continues to do his job to the best of his abilities and with courage and confidence! These characters all demonstrate excellent examples of teamwork in the face of adversity and can be an inspirational mirror for your own success in the workplace.

“I was just doing my job. I don’t quit until the director tells me to.”
Money Monster (2016)


Inspiring Themes:
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Strategic Thinking
• Resourceful Thinking
• Leadership
• Team Spirit & Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships

Movie heroes can be more than just the lead characters. They can be the people on the side that help the leaders achieve their goals even in the face of stressful situations. This is team spirit in action and is how teamwork can be accomplished in your workplace and in life. Be inspired to cultivate and grow your team and team spirit today!

Related Tips:
Tip#954: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 10 - Captain America: Civil War
Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Tip#429: Cultivate A Team Spirit Mindset - Rescue Dawn
Tip#300: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 1 – Top 25 Movies 


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15 Films for Leadership at Work & in Life
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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
See website: www.motivatorman.com

© Emmanuel Lopez 2016