Movies are great for winding down and relaxing, especially after a busy day. Or to just chill out with on the weekends.
But they are not just good for entertainment and relaxing, movies are also a great way to learn about things.
Especially about life.
From time to time I try to make notes of the things I learn from movies. That is what I did when I watched Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta Compton” recently.
Read on to find out about 6 things I learned from Straight Outta Compton about life, success, failure, and more…
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# 1 – Always read the fine print
It is important to make sure you know what you are agreeing to. This was the issue the singers faced when they became big for the first time. Their manager screwed them all because they were not entirely clear on what they were agreeing to.
People generally are good, but greed can make some people do terrible things, so it is better to have clarity before you agree to something (ideally in writing).
# 2 – Having vision matters
Having a strong vision can really get you places. NWE went through some pretty harrowing experiences, setbacks, and challenges, but they kept going.
This was by and large because of their strong shared vision.
# 3 – Teams matter
Having a team really helps, especially during hard times. That’s what helped the singers get through a lot of the challenges and setbacks – having a team.
If it was just one of them on his own, things probably never would’ve happened for them.
NWE established them all on the charts. More accurately, it was teamwork that helped them reach the heights of success they reached.
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# 4 – Pay it forward
Nearly all the major Rap musicians of our time are, in one way or another, at the top thanks to the people from the NWE.
That’s one of their legacies.
It’s because they didn’t just want to be great themselves, they also believed in creating opportunities for others by leveraging their privileged position.
Help bring other people up whenever possible – pay it forward.
# 5 – Think long term
Dr. Dre walked away from Death Row Records, including all his income and records and royalties that he’d created with them. He could have fought it out, but instead, he chose to focus on the long term. And look what he did - Beats was one of the biggest business acquisitions in the history of the music business when Apple bought them. Beats headphones are now eponymous to quality headphones.
Dr. Dre understood the importance of focusing on the long-term rather than wasting his energy on fighting with his old record company.
Often it makes sense to make strategic retreats in the short-term, to do something bigger and better in the long-term.
# 6 – You can’t put a price on peace of mind
That was something Dr. Dre said, and one of the key reasons why he did not sweat walking away from the potential income.
You really can’t put a price on peace of mind.
Often it makes sense to cut your losses short, as the hassle and stress are just not worth it. Life is short after all.
What did you think of the movie “Straight Outta Compton“, and NWEs struggles, trials, and tribulations?
What’s your favorite takeaway from this article?
Share your thoughts and comments below.
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A version of this article was originally published on Medium – you can read the original article here.
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