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Dolphin Tale: A Message From Kids To Entrepreneurs

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Entrepreneurship

dolphin taleI admit it…..
 
I'm a lot old fashioned in that I like good, clean family movies with happy endings. Bare body parts, cussing, violence, sex and horror just doesn't cut it for me.
 
I took my daughter, Ashley, to see Dolphin Tale and not only did we like it, but we came away with a few life lessons in business, a fresh reminder to pursue something you're passionate about and never giving up on ideas and dreams. 
 
Ashley is a sophomore in college studying psychology because her dream is to work with dolphins so it made this movie even more cool for her to see it.  The picture  here is of Ashley at Discovery Cove for the Trainer for a Day program when she was just 16. (gosh, seems like just last week).   We've been encouraging her touch her dreams for years.
 
What I found ironic in the plot (which happens to be a true story by the way), were adults willing to call it quits in business rather than press through to find a solution to make it work.  (Sound familiar with entrepreneurs struggling in their home based business?) 
 
And unlike the adults, two 8 year olds put their heads together and came up with an idea to solve the business problem at hand and were ready to implement their plan immediately. 
 
But like real life…they brought their ideas excitedly to the an adult only to have them shot down because "it just won't work"  … "It's not possible."
 
Are there people in your life that shoot down your dreams of entrepreneurship and tell you it's not possible? 
Do they tell you that you have failed before so you can't achieve in the future? 
Worse yet, do you tell yourself that?
 
In the movie, there was truth to the "grown up" mindset in that the immediate response to the children's ideas were "it's not possible", without even pondering the possibilities. 
 
I love a child's excitement for solving problems because don't see failure as a possibility and have no fears about playing all out.
 
They don't understand risk of failure.  They just know they have a great idea and can easily see the vision of where they want to go, what they want to do and were ready to put their nose to grind and just make it happen.
 
Be like a child today and move toward your dreams!
 
 
 

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