THE LESSON FROM MOVIE “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS”

gagalsuksesWhen I cleaned my room, I found my dvd movie collections there. I found my favorite movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. I have watched this movie more than 10 times and never feel boring. I can tell this movie is an extraordinary movie and more lesson that I can get from it. This movie is true story about stockbroker in America, Chris Gardner. This movie was first released in 2006. It tells the story about Chris Gardner life from people who don’t have anything and become the richest as Gardner Rich LLC CEO. The movie tells how the struggles, ups and downs of his life to become the richest man in America.

Start with a man who works as salesman who sells portable bone-density scanners which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. He doesn’t have fixed salary. He lives with his wife and his son, then one day they have financial problems. His wife leaves him because she can’t leave in poor condition. Gardner Rich has passion and believe that he can give happiness to his son. He is willing to queue for long hours in social apartment to get adequate housing for his son, even he is willing to sleep in toilet for his lovely son.

One day he meets a man who drives a red farrari car, he searches place for parking his car. Gardner asked two questions while offering the parking place, “What do you do and How do you do?”. And, a man answer that he is a stockbroker and his salary is $80.000 in a month. This statement makes Gardner change his mind and his motivation. He shocks and curious, then he decides to apply to be stockbroker participant. Unfortunately, he failed because that man was fired, and even Gardner has left his old job as salesman.Pursuit_of_Happyness-32

Gardner never gives up, he tries to apply for other company to Dean Witter Reynolds. He still needs more effort and with low salary, but he always has high motivation. Finally, he gets certificate and join with Bear, Stearns&Company.  After he is being a high stockbroker level, he is getting resign and build a company, Gardner Rich&Company, Inc. The low condition, poor condition can change his life, he is able to rise and get great life.

This movie is so touching heart and more inspiration that can give encourage to our soul. It is ashame if we pass it. There is a unique thing from this movie, the wrong spelling of the tittle “Happyness”, it should be written as “Happiness”. We don’t know the reason that why they make it wrong spell. Happiness mean life with happy and wealth, and to reach it will face more risk and obstacles, and it is not easy to reach and it is not easy as expected. But we have to do efforts, prayer and believe that what we have done will be as expected.

In one of scenes from this movie, Gardner tells to his son that “You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it. Period”.pursuit_of_happyness

This movie learns to struggle in life and prayer to pursuit our dream, then rare we will face smooth way to get it. The patient, belief, and positive thinking is so important. The shortages and poverty is not an obstacle even something evoke the spirit and change our mindset about life. A strong desire force us to get out from uncomfortable zone to comfortable zone. The great man can be inspired us to afford to live. Assuming that he is a human and we are human as well, they can through their hard life and be great human, then we can through hard life and be great human as well in our specific field.

The education is a key to through this life, education is not only in school or formal education, also informal education that we can get from our experience or other experience and from what we have seen in this world. “Become Life-Long Learner”.

The struggle in life has more risks and we have to be brave to face and bear the risks about what we choose, do everything to be honest and thorough and patient in life. We always try to positive think and confidence what we will do and enjoy life with open heart and sincere. Passion, spirit and motivation can make we believe that we are capable through life in pursuit our dream. The success is in our mind, action and heart. If we are able to make it balance, then success will be close to us.

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by MEYF

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WHAT IS MEANING SUCCESS IN YOU ?

What would you think if you hear a word success?

He is a success man because he often goes around the world. He is a success man because he has more companies and hired more employee in his company. He is success man because he has more luxurious cars and houses. He is a success man because he has a lot of area of palm plantation in some provinces. She is a success woman because she is a leader in her province.

And, many things talk about success.

In general, people will see success base on material, wealth, position and power. If someone gives happiness, goodness and benefit to other, but he doesn’t have a lot of wealth, can we say that he is not success? Is it true that only narrow definition of success just base on material, wealth, power and position in this earth?

What about an Ulama (Scholars) is able to give enlightenment life and invite us to goodness and happiness in this world and hereafter, but he doesn’t have a lot of wealth. What about a teacher is able to educate and bring up students to be success in their life, but a teacher doesn’t have a lot of wealth. What about a writer who is able to produce writings that are made to attract the attention of many people to be respected and taken lessons and benefits from that.

We should know what the meaning of success. According to Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Dictionary), success is achievement or lucky.  Success in Al Quran divided in three words, they are Al-Falaah, An-Najaat and Al-Fauz. Al-falaath means victory, luck and survival, An-najaat means safety or avoid disaster and the Al-Fauz means success or luck.

For me, success is the peace of mind, happiness and feeling satisfied over the success and achievement of what we dream or what we wish or what we aimed for ourselves, others and also our environments around us. Everyone has different meaning for measurement of success. And, not just in the narrow thinking like has a lot of wealth, high position, big power. Success depend on what we aimed and what we dream of. They will succeed if they win it all, even though other people will think it is not.

Let’s see this story.

There are two friends, called A and B. A study about social life science and B study about an exact science. They choose different way of life. A is being an entrepreneur who has some companies and big power in his country. B always learn and explore science and be able to create an invention that is very useful for us and environment. But B doesn’t have good wealth and power as A. In general, people will say that A is more success than B. But in reality it is not like that.  Because the purpose life of A and B is different.  A and B are success if they have reached their goal and their dreams. In fact, may B is more successful than A, because B can provide a very useful invention for other people without hope anything in return, B feels satisfaction and proud since his invention can be used by everyone. And, more people will appreciate him. And, may B will get many reward and prizes because of that.

A leader who has a lot of wealth, big power and high position will not be successful if there is no goodness in him and he cannot give goodness to his life and his environment. Success in education, if they have invention and give benefit mankind. Success in a family is to be a part of family members who are able to give warmth and kindness to other family members. For a writer, success is when he is able to produce writings that attracted the attention of many people and can take lessons from it. Success for employee is when he is able to be honest, smart and follow the rules as an employee. And, for the wealth, the power and position are just gift of success.

In addition, the success life in the world will not have meaning if we do not strive to achieve success in the hereafter. Success can be achieved in the afterlife if we always follow all the commands of Allah SWT and leave all the prohibitions. People who are more successful and powerful are those who are able to get success in the world with the success of the Hereafter, and it can be useful for others and environment.

In addition, the success would never stop, it is like a staircase and It has a higher level than now. Success today is saving for the next higher success.

And what is success for you…???

By MEYF

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