Sunday, October 04, 2015

Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian

“I guarantee you that at some point everything’s going to go south on you. You’re gonna say, ‘This is it. This is how I end.’ Now you can either accept that or you can get to work.” 
The Martian (2015)

In the past five years, after I lost my home and my business (see tip#400), there were many times I wanted to end it all because I'd see no way out or feel hopeless. But what outweighed those low times was my indestructible optimism. That shining inner light taught me to have unlimited faith, focus on a brighter future and to recognize what I was learning from my adversities.

What I learned was to do things that made me smile and laugh as much as I can. I learned to be extremely resourceful with what little cash flow I had and I learned to surround myself with encouraging, loving, supportive people. And, of course, I learned to build a library of resilience resources for uplifting movies with empowering movie heroes and stories to fuel my drive to never give up!

The Martian (2015)

The science fiction, adventure thriller film, The Martian, is about astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) being stranded on the planet Mars and utilizing his wits and spirit to survive. With the great Ridley Scott directing, this astoundingly entertaining movie is magnificent on so many levels. It showcases a great story, stunning visual effects and landscapes, Damon’s engaging performance and a stellar cast that includes Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis. See: movie trailer

The most exciting allure of this film is the problem solving aspects. These impossible situations our hero faces are riveting and inspiring at the same time. The real-life NASA had a huge hand in advising on the science of the film's solutions Watney and mission control on Earth discover and implement. Wait until you see Watney’s garden! Its scenes like this as well as Watney’s humour, desire to live and indestructible optimism that was inspiring to witness. Nothing is impossible.

Another huge theme is that people around the world wanted to help this one person get back home. Watney's problem unites the people of Earth. This film will motivate you to never give up in the seemingly hopeless situations you may be facing in your workplace or life.

Inspiring Themes:
• Problem Solving
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism 
• Strategic Thinking/Creative Thinking
• Resourcefulness
• Supportive Relationships/Teamwork

Always remember that problems may appear hopeless and that your first step is to decide to overcome your adversity or give up. And when you are stuck remember that cinematic heroes can inspire you to persevere, be resilient and know there are good people around to help!

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out.” 
The Martian (2015)

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates 
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 
Tip#833: Resilience Resources, Part 13 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tip#834: Resilience Resources, Part 14 - Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace
Tip#857: Resilience Resources, Part 15 - Instagram - Pitch Perfect 2
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tip#881: Resilience Resources, Part 17 - Love & Mercy
Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian 
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#910: Resilience Resources, Part 20 – Depression – A Christmas Carol – It’s a Wonderful Life 


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

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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1 comment:

Candice Frederick said...

teamwork sounds like another great thing about this film