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Article -> Lessons from The Breakfast Club

Date Added: May 2019

The 1980’s movie The Breakfast Club provides us with some great life lessons from the criminal, the intelligent one, the princess, the athlete, and the basket case. It illustrates individuals struggling with who they are, who they are judged to be, and learning to be more accepting of others.

Lessons learned:

• We all struggle at times with who we are and who others perceive us to be

• We need to accept our strengths and gifts to face these challenges

• We need to have the courage to speak with others about our challenges and differences

• Most importantly, we need to understand we don’t live for others’ approval

Not addressing these items make most people unhappy with themselves, resulting in fear, lack of confidence and displeasure with others. This is not a way to live our lives; however, we allow others to judge us into living lives we are not comfortable living.

The answer: Only you have the power to choose to change this and accept yourself, regardless of how others judge and/or perceive you. This takes both confidence and courage to understand your own strengths and gifts; and not allowing feedback and/or perceptions from others change the real you. Persevere and have a support group of faith, friends and family to rely on.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (i.e. Mother Teresa) had a famous text written on her wall that ended with, “… in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” This should provide you with the confidence and solace to embrace yourself and be the unique individual you are meant to be – and who He wants you to be.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at
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