What We All Can Learn From “The Artist”
I was thrilled when “The Artist” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not having grown up with silent films, I was enthralled with the style, the acting, and the attention to detail of the film. It made me yearn for simpler times. The absence of dialogue allowed you to really focus on the film and its meaning, vs. being overpowered by sound and special effects. I think the movie offers us these simple lessons in business and in life: 1. Life is about change and adaptation. The moment you stop adapting is the moment you stop growing as a person 2. Let others help you. Admitting you need help is one of the hardest things a person (especially a man) can do. But, you’ll feel better when you do. 3. When in doubt, smile. Sometimes, when you are faced with uncertainty , all you have is your attitude. A great smile tells the world you have things under control, even if you don’t. 4. The forgotten can surprise you. If you are under the age of 40, silent films are something in the distant past that your parents or grandparents talked about and society has largely forgotten. It is interesting how a forgotten art form can still be a source of entertainment and discovery. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It is pleasing to the senses and filled with lessons for young and old.