The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is a story about family, power and capitalism. The movie stood the test of time and is still relevant to this date. The Godfather is more than a movie. It offers endless lessons on how to handle situations that comes into our lives. Here are 8 valuable life lessons that may change your life forever. You ready?
1. “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement.” — Michael Corleone
In [The Godfather: Part III] Michael says this to his hot-headed nephew, Vincent, who was begging to “end” Joey Zasa.
Life lesson: Never let your emotions be the basis of your decisions. You’d only put yourself into difficult situations if you do that all the time.
Tip: Practice meditation and mindfulness. It helps build awareness for better control on your emotions.
2. “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man,” — Don Vito Corleone
In [The Godfather] Don Vito Corleone gave this advice to his god son, Johnny Fontane.
Life Lesson: It’s your duty to be always present for your family, no matter what. This will help protect your family whilst you’re alive and leave a meaningful legacy after you’re gone.
Tip: Even if you’re far away, Internet can always bring us closer to our loved ones. Constant communication is one best way to be always present for you family.
3. “Never tell anyone outside the Family what you’re thinking again” — Don Vito Corleone
In [The Godfather] Don Vito Corleone calls out Sonny for speaking out of turn during a meeting with a top naroctics man, Solozzo.
Life lesson: Never thoughtlessly share your personal plans or information with anyone you don’t fully trust.
Tip: Just think before you speak.
4. “Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power” — Hyman Roth
In [The Godfather: Part II] Hyman Roth offers imparting wisdom to Michael Corleone during a visit.
Tip: Be good to yourself. Eat well, sleep well, exercise and try to live a long and happy life.
5. “My father taught me many thing … keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — Michael Corleone
In [The Godfather: Part II] after a failed assassination on his life, Michael explains his revenge plot to his longtime family friend, Frankie Pentangeli.
Life lesson: Know your enemies. By doing this, you’ll be able to detect bad things that your enemy is planning to do. This helps you better protect yourself.
Tip: Befriend the enemy and kill them with kindness.
6. “Friendship and money. Oil and water.” — Michael Corleone
In [The Godfather: Part III] Michael Corleone’s response when Archbishop Gilday tells him “friends” of the church lost a vast sum of money
Life lesson: As they say, “money is the root of all evil” (not really), Don’t assume friends or family will behave rationally when money is at stake. Always be vigilant when doing business involving money with friends or family.
Tip: Avoid doing business with your closest friends if you don’t want to risk severing your relationship with them.
7. “It don’t make any difference to me what a man does for a living, you understand.” — Don Vito Corleone
In [The Godfather] Don Vito politely turning down an offer to enter the narcotics business offered by Solozzo.
Life lesson: It’s not your place to judge or get involved when something’s non of your business.
Tip: Always be respectful to everybody. No exceptions.
8. “Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, ‘Life is so beautiful,’ then nothing else is important. If I can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.”
This is Don Vito Corleone’s inner monologue of what he considers to be a life well lived in his last moments. [The Godfather, Novel]
Life lesson: Wealth and possessions aren’t the measure of a person’s life. What matters most is how you showed your love for you friends and family.
Tip: Enjoy what you have now and cherish every moment with the people you love.
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