Lessons from Oscar

Lessons from Oscar

This past Sunday, my daughters insisted on donning their fanciest dresses and getting glammed up to watch the Oscars (although my middle one did insist on wearing her flame covered Vans under her dress!). My girls have become obsessed with Queen and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, and have taken to learning everything they can about this legendary group (and the actors that portrayed them). They know every song, every bit of trivia, and were psyched to see Queen take the stage to kick off the show.

As I watched the show, I was surprised by all the lessons I took away. Lessons both for business and for life. With all the talk of a potential Bradley – Gaga romance (I ain’t buying it!), and of who wore what, here are the REAL messages and conversations I hope you didn’t miss.

Chivalry always wins

ICYMI, the ever charming Captain America Chris Evans showed us that chivalry is, in fact, alive and well. When the gorgeous Regina King got a bit tangled up in her dress as she made her way to the stage to accept her award, Chris, who was seated nearby, promptly came to her assist, offering his arm as she ascended the stairs. It was an act of kindness we don’t see nearly enough these days! I must not be the only one who thinks so, because the oohs and aahs immediately erupted all throughout the Twitterverse. 

Pay attention to what is going on around you, and who could use a helping hand. What small act of kindness will you demonstrate today?

Enjoy the successes of others

One of my life mottos: “Your circle should want to see you win. Your circle should clap the loudest when you have good news. If they don’t, get a new circle.” For me, no one exemplifies this better than Jennifer Lopez. While I have never met Jennifer (totally open for a girls night out whenever you’re free J-Lo), I have always admired her for her genuine enthusiasm for others and for their accomplishments. I have often seen her gush over other actors and musicians, and compliment them on their talent. The Oscars were no exception….every time they panned to her she was singing along to the music or cheering loudly for her colleagues. THAT is the type of person you want in your circle!

Take time to celebrate others and to cheer them on in their endeavors. There is space in this world for all of us to shine.

Don’t let your past or your circumstances dictate who you can become

Our entire household, of course, was pulling for Rami Malek to win Best Actor in a Leading Role (Did I mention my girls are currently on their one-millionth viewing of Bohemian Rhapsody and have seen Night at the Museum a few hundred times….they’re big Rami fans!). I, myself, was beyond moved by his acceptance speech. He pointed out he was a child of immigrants, a first-generation American, who was also an unlikely choice for the role of Freddy Mercury. Yet, he went on the capture the hearts of millions. As Rami put it, “We are longing for stories like this.” 

Your parents, your upbringing, your past relationship choices, your past business mistakes….NONE of that defines you! You and only you dictate who you can become.

Discipline rules the day

Let’s face it, Lady Gaga was on FIRE at the Oscars. The multi-talented singer, songwriter threw herself into her performance that evening, demonstrating true passion and love for her craft. While fully aware of the Cooper / Gaga rumors that began swirling, I choose instead to focus on her journey to that stage. 

Lady Gaga admitted it took years of hard work to get to where we see her today. She reminded us, “It’s not about winning. What it’s about is not giving up.” She urged us all, “If you have a dream, fight for it.” There is discipline in passion she said. There is discipline is fighting, in never giving up. What a wonderful reminder!

There are lessons to be learned, even amongst the glitz and glamour – if you take a moment to look for them! Shine bright, my friends……

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