Movie Lessons: 500 Days Of Summer

Not only does 500 days of summer have a killer soundtrack, it also teaches us a pretty good lesson about the hidden opportunities in adversity.

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In today’s movie lesson we look at 500 Days of Summer. The story follows a boy who falls in love, has his heart-broken, and overcomes.  The role of the boy, Tom, is expertly played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with an equally great performance by Zooey Deschanel.

The takeaway I want to highlight here is that there is always the seed of equal or greater benefit that comes from every adversity.

Spoiler Alert  You may want to watch the movie first if you haven’t seen it, then come back. We’ll wait. 

If Tom hadn’t gotten dumped, he probably wouldn’t have quit his safe job and taken the risk of pursuing his dream.

A lot of times we can’t see what good will come out of the desert or valley seasons of life. Sure it would be nice to know what the silver lining says on every dark cloud, but it doesn’t work that way.

The pain is often the thing that gets us moving, thinking differently, and taking risks.

Can you think of a time when what seemed to be the worst experience of your life was the catalyst for change that ultimately lead to success, happiness, love, or all three?


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