KEY LESSONS FROM WHIPLASH (2014)
I watched the movie Whiplash for the first time with my wife. Without hesitation, I can it's one of the most important movies of the 2010s.
- •Young people shouldn't settle for mediocrity. I define young people as 18-24 year olds.
- •The phrase "good job" is overused and unhelpful. It rewards mediocrity, defying our zero-sum Western society.
- •You can push people to be great without being an emotional terrorist like J.K. Simmons' Fletcher.
- •As a professor, I celebrate and appreciate Fletcher's ends. The problem is his means are abhorrent.
- •If you're not great, that should never dissuade you from doing what you love.
- •Case in point: I vocalize in bands because I like it, not because I have any talent.
- •Yet greatness at a specific discipline requires an extreme level of focus. It may even require a level of mania that most people simply lack.
- •This raises a point that applies to post-secondary education and life: effort, not talent, creates separation between people.
- •In addition to effort, commitment or invest really matters. It can propel your effort.
- •But beware emotional tyrants who care more about their vision of excellence than the people they mentor.