Passionate as I am about classic movies, I could not miss the opportunity to see To Sir With Love on the big screen. An iconic film of the mid-1960s, it embodies the hope of its time. New approaches to chronic societal challenges will make a better world. Powerful in its simplicity, it provides the most inspiring motivation.
If you have not seen this diamond, it stars arguably the greatest actor of the latter half of the 20th century, Sidney Poitier. He plays a new teacher (Sir) at an East End London school attended by kids no other school would tolerate. Perhaps timeworn by today’s standards, such a topic was groundbreaking in 1967.
Okay Rabs, so it is great. But why should I care about a half-century old movie?
None One Is an Endless Well of Motivation & Self-Inspiration
While we do not need to be told about the qualities it takes to succeed, we all need to be reminded.
To Sir With Love kindles a fire of awareness as to why certain characteristics are crucial to success. Especially as a human being, we need:
- Mutual Respect
It vividly demonstrates:
- The Difference One Person Can Make
- The Importance of Mentorship
- How to Handle Celebrity
And one more . . .
The most poignant moment in the movie occurs when the students refuse to personally deliver flowers to the funeral of their classmate’s mother because his father is black. They refuse to risk the social stigma. When the camera cuts to a close-up of Sir, he does not lash back at them. This despite their ridiculousness assertion he cannot understand what they would go through. Rather, he engages in a moment of quiet contemplation. Finally, he responds by thanking them for their explaining the situation to him.
Sidney Poitier vividly demonstrates the power of empathy over the desire for personal vindication.
Whether you have previously seen To Sir With Love before, rent, stream, or somehow see this movie. It will boost your motivation, propel you into action.
How do you remind yourself of the qualities you are grooming in yourself?
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