I try to always learn something from films, even the daft ones.

Karate Kid can show us the importance of having well-sanded floors and a great mentor.

Back to the Future teaches us our dads were probably perverts and that we shouldn't double-cross terrorists.

Napoleon Dynamite, on the other hand, gives us something far more useful. It gives us the key to living a fulfilled life... It teaches us that you must work towards mastering something. Or several things. But reach mastery at least once.

"Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills"

Ok, he may only be interested in 'picking up chicks' but Napoleon is describing a problem I'm seeing pretty often these days.

People want the glory before they've put in the graft... They want websites, personal brands and businesses BEFORE they've even found something they love doing or are even any good at.

Personally, I blame the education system.

Back in the 90's when I was a teenager, the education I received was AT LEAST 30 years out of date. The textbooks were older than many of the teachers, and I don't recall seeing a careers advisor once.

I left with a surface level understanding of broad and 'pretty-much-useless' subjects, ill-equipped to deal with the problems and challenges I was going to face in a quickly changing world - I could find the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle, but knew Jack Shit about tax returns or how to figure out repayments on a credit card. It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic.

The only solution, I feel, is self-education.

School is there to create a generation of dependent and entitled consumers... Not creative citizens who are primed to grow and thrive.

Listen to Napoleon Dynamite and get some skills.

But don't do this just to impress the opposite sex. Do it to find purpose and give yourself the chance to thrive. The way I see it, the happiest folks I know are super-talented at one thing. They got a crazy good skill that they LOVE doing and that people want to pay them for. 

I reckon this is the secret they're not telling us.

Also, that's how you create a powerful personal brand - You build on your strengths and focus on serving people - Then once your work starts getting noticed organically, then it's time to start shouting about it to the world.

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