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As a Mom who’s an entrepreneur (or the ever-popular “Mompreneur”), here’s what happens: some revelations arise from traditional places like reading a great book or hearing some super-smart person say something super smart. Like the Law of Attraction books I’m completely absorbed in right now, with the concepts of gratitude, vibrational frequencies, living “as if” and intuition.
Other times, insight comes from, like, Kung Fu Panda.
This totally makes sense, right? I say it does if you’re paying attention. As in, don’t be too cocky to notice subtleties and glean knowledge from the unlikeliest, even goofiest, of places.Don't be too cocky to notice subtleties and glean knowledge from the unlikeliest, even goofiest, of places.Click To Tweet
Kung Fu Panda and the Law of Attraction have a lot in common. So there. #truth
Here’s the storyline: a tubby panda bear named Po finds himself in the quite unlikely position of being crowned the Dragon Warrior, a mythical character who is China’s only chance at defending itself against the evil Tai Lung, a deranged snow leopard.
The crazy thing is, Po had dreamed of being a hero his entire life. He worshipped the Kung Fu masters and knew everything about them. Except he was stuck making noodles in his father’s store, feeling the pressure to continue a tradition passed down over generations. (“Broth runs through our veins,” says Po’s father, a noodle-making goose from a long line of noodle-making geese, blowing off the obvious – that the tubby panda Po was adopted and noodle-making does not run in his veins. Nature vs Nurture, perhaps, and Po is not feeling it in either manner.)
Is it coincidence, then, that Po finds himself in a position to become the very hero he had always dreamed of? Law of attraction: what you focus on, grows. You attract what you consistently think about. And the more emotion and feeling you throw into it, the stronger the attraction.
The movie is a cute one, voiced by a host of famous actors who are delightful in these roles (Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, and more).
And of course, a la 2fp, I have two big takeaways from the movie!
1. There are no accidents
Po straps himself to a chair rigged with fireworks to hitch a ride to view the crowning of the Dragon Warrior, which of course goes completely awry.
After he shoots through the air in a spectacular display, Po crash-lands in the middle of the arena, landing in a heap directly in front of the distinguished Tigress.
Master Oogway, an elderly tortoise, had just unfurled a bony finger to anoint Tigress the Dragon Warrior, and is now instead pointing at the fat, disheveled, knocked-out Panda. As Po comes to and tries to apologize and excuse himself, Oogway continues to point that bony finger at Po. He proclaims that the universe has dropped the Dragon Warrior in front of him and a celebration ensues.
Master Shifu, a small red panda who had trained Tigress and the others, protests furiously.
“That flabby panda can’t possibly be the answer to our problems,” Shifu says to Oogway. “You were about to point at Tigress and that thing fell in front of her. That was just an accident.”
Oogway smiles serenely at the outraged Shifu.
“There are no accidents,” he says.
And that becomes a theme of the movie.
Can you relate? How many of us feel like Po, strapped to a chair of fireworks with a hope and a dream, only to shoot crazily through the air and crash in a heap somewhere?
Or maybe our minds talk to us like Shifu, trying to convince us that we are merely flabby pandas whose glimpses of success were accidents.
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I’m not sure. But here’s what I do believe: whatever it is, we can turn it to our advantage. We can make sure that thing that seemed like an accident instead becomes a part of our journey by assigning meaning to it … even if the meaning is, “I will never strap myself to a chair of fireworks ever again.”
(Always learn a lesson. Failures happen, but we don’t need to repeat them.)
There are no accidents. I’m chewing on that one. What do you think?
2. Train Your Way
Shifu tries to train Po the same way he had trained the “Furious Five” to vie for Dragon Warrior. Those five – Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane – are traditional bad-asses, fit and fast and elegant.
Predictably, that training goes nowhere with Po, and reinforces Shifu’s belief that Po can’t possibly be the Chosen One.
But when Shifu happens upon Po raiding the kitchen for food one night, he figures something out. The flabby panda can scale the wall and do a split when he’s in search of cookies. His motivation is different than the others.
Po learns differently.
In a rather hilarious sequence, Shifu trains Po using dumplings and chopsticks. And – you guessed it – the Dragon Warrior emerges.
What a great reminder. You know who’s guilty of comparing herself to the Furious Five of any endeavor and then sometimes psyching herself out? This girl.
How do you learn? What’s your pace? What techniques work for YOU?
We’ve all got a Dragon Warrior inside of us, don’t you think? Maybe it just needs a few dumplings to coax it out. Maybe your idols reached their goals with genius and 22-hour days and divine inspiration, but you need an afternoon nap and to hear the instructions 15 times.
It’s ok. You’ve got this. We’ve got this. Just keep moving and focus in a way that works for you. But above all, focus.
Po wanted to be a hero, but he couldn’t physically do it the same way as the others. He needed a different route.
But he did have a few key things in common with the other warriors: he had desire, the ability to keep coming back after getting knocked on his tubby ass, and, finally, belief.
So how do you learn? What’s your route to become warrior? Share some thoughts!
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