#151 The Goonies’ lesson

Hello, friends.

One of my favorite experiences as a parent is watching movies from my childhood with my kids. Equally, some of my greatest disappointments as a parent are when they give my “favorites growing up” zero stars. Heartbreaking.

This week, I rolled the dice on another favorite, hoping a) it would hold up after two-plus decades and b) they’d like it. This week’s screening is The Goonies.

Now, if you’re familiar with my blog/personal site, you probably remember a monthly post series I used to write called “Movie Lessons”.

This week, I’ve decided to restart the series since it fits with the overall theme of NFTF.

Here we go.

Do you remember the scene where The Goonies are under the wishing well?

Data, Mouth and Mikey begin to pocket all the coins they can find when Stef stops them and says:

Wait. Stop. You can’t take these. They’re someone else’s dreams.

I don’t know of a single person who doesn’t have dreams. This applies to team members, employees, customers, friends and family.

Our dreams drive us, inspire us and challenge us. Every invention, innovation and good work starts as a dream inside someone’s mind.

But they are fragile. Many times one negative comment can snuff it out.

Stef reminds us not to steal another person’s dream. It’s theirs.

This falls into golden rule territory. Let’s not be critical of others’ dreams even if we think they’re silly, unrealistic or ludicrous.

Instead, let’s be encouragers.

Until next time,


P.S. I bet you’re wondering what rating Joshua and Matthew gave the movie aren’t you? 3.5 stars.

P.S.S. Found the website TOSDR useful (and convicting)

P.S.S. Speaking of a blast from the past. I’m enjoying Still the Same Kids Pt. 1, the new Juliana Theory EP.

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