SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN LEARN FROM THE MOVIE “DIVERGENT”

videoclipThis dystopian tale is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Each faction is focused on that one trait. Sixteen-year-olds must choose which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. The protagonist, Beatrice (Tris) Prior takes a test which is supposed to help her decide which faction she belongs in. However, when the results are inconclusive, she must decide between staying with her parents or following her heart.

Her choice catapults the movie into the action that follows and teaches Tris some very important lessons that also apply to running a business.

Know yourself: When Tris is forced to make up her own mind of where she should go rather than rely on a test, she delves deep into what makes her tick and listens to her gut.

Persistence pays off: Tris is often ranked last among her peers in physical strength and ability. However, she puts in extra hours of work and does her best to keep up.

Know your strengths: When Tris has to prepare to fight, she learns how to use her small size and quickness to her advantage against her bigger, stronger, but slower opponents.

Seek expert Advice: Tris’ trainer, Four, is the one who tells her to use her quickness and where to hit during a fight so that she has a chance to win. At times, she also turns to others for advice and knows when to accept others’ input.

Look before you jump: Jumping from a moving train can be daunting and you might want to just close your eyes. But those Dauntless initiates who dared to look made it over the chasm to land on the building. Those who didn’t know where to land, fell short.

Learn how to land: Whether you are jumping or falling you should have a plan. When jumping from a moving train, you have to learn to roll because a sudden stop can break bones. Have a plan for your business so you will know “how to land.”

Divergent is good: Sometimes breaking out of the mold or away from the pack can be a good thing. It’s thinking outside the box and being more than one thing to your customers. Tris’s ability to be brave, intelligent and selfless helps her to stand up for what is right and see the bigger picture.

If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, then I encourage you to do so. It isn’t just for teens.

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