Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tip#932: Childhood Passions, Part 2 – A Good Year

“Once you find something good, you have to take care of it. You have to let it grow.” 
A Good Year (2006)

I recently returned to RNC Employment Services in Aurora, Ontario to facilitate my workshop called The Bright Side of Career Transitions. It was a wonderful audience that included business owners, job seekers and newcomers to Canada. And some were big movie lovers so it made the event even more fun for me!

In the workshop I emphasized that a career transition is a fantastic opportunity to find work one is passionate about. It was a chance to focus on the talents and skills they enjoy doing and also identify the industry or companies that excited them. A passion could also stem from something they loved doing as a child. These activities can also re-ignite positive emotional energy and a renewed sense of purpose! 

"What a great presentation! 
I left feeling like I could accomplish anything!" 
Jiji O'Brien 

"Emmanuel’s workshop helped me think of my passion and my ideal position and picture myself in my dream company; hopefully with such optimism, I can find the job I'm looking for. Thank you."  
Shima Tezval 

A Good Year (2006)

The romantic comedy drama film, A Good Year, is about British investment broker and workaholic, Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) who suddenly inherits his Uncle Henry’s (Albert Finney) vineyard estate in Provence in south-eastern France. This visually sumptuous movie, with a fantastic music soundtrack, shows off the magical beauty of the land, people and French lifestyle as Max rediscovers his happy childhood visits there. See: movie trailer

As an adult Max is successful at work and yet unethical, single and without family. When he returns to the sunshine of the vineyard heartwarming memories and flashbacks of his childhood slowly remind Max of what he loved growing up. He even finds romance with local café waitress, Fanny Chenal (Marion Cotillard). The inheritance was first seen as another financial opportunity but Max’s heart helps him choose a more fulfilling lifestyle around people he loves and who loves him back.

This film was considered a box-office bomb and received many negative reviews when it was released. And though I agree that the film had its flaws when I first saw it, it got better and better and more enjoyable over the years! Just like the wine in the movie.

Sometimes in our adult life we lose our childhood passions because we are too focused on making money. And sometimes the loss of a job, a mid-life crisis or unexpected events can be a gift of time to rediscover what you loved growing up. It’s a chance to remember activities, places and people that made you feel alive and happy as a child. This could be the golden opportunity to do what you love with people you love at a job you love!

Related Tips:
Tip#178: Childhood Passions, Part 1 - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - Star Trek 
Tip#932: Childhood Passions, Part 2 – A Good Year
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies
Tip#28: Childhood Memories of Chocolate: Part 2 of 4 - Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
 Tip#122: The Bright Side of Career Transitions - Top 10 Movie Tips

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

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