Wednesday 15th July 10:19

"What's the Secret to a Wonderful Life?"

Hi everyone,

Every Christmas, we sit down in a quiet moment to watch one of the best films ever made, "It's a Wonderful Life".  It has a Christmassy climax but it is a film for any time of the year, a perennial favourite.

If you don't know it, then let me tell you the story.

It's about a boy from a small mid-west American town called George Bailey at the beginning of the last century who has high hopes for a "wonderful life". He dreams of going to college, of moving to a job in one of the big cities, and of travelling the world.

But all of George's plans come to naught. Not because of George, but because of events that conspire to stop him.

The adult George is played magnificently by James Stewart. At the climax of the film, George, who has never left his little town, despite all his wishes, finds himself facing bankruptcy because of the swindling of a rival businessman. He decides his only course is to take his own life but he is saved by his guardian angel, Clarence, who needs to save a life to earn his angel's wings. Clarence shows George what life would have been like if George had indeed left his town and gone around the world. When he sees what he has done in his life, he realises that the "wonderful life" he dreamed about was not somewhere else but right there all the time at home.

So why am I telling you this?

Simply because, if you are a manager, coach, or trainer, most of the people who come on your courses will be like George Bailey. They will have dashed hopes and dreams, assumptions that the grass was greener elsewhere, and a soured view of the wonderful life.

But you know what? These are the people who make your business what it is. In hundreds of daily moments of magic, they interact with others in positive ways that touch people's lives. They probably don't know it, but they are the quiet heroes of your business, the difference that makes the difference.

Next time you run a course or do a spot of coaching, remember that. It might be that you're their guardian angel and that you're about to earn your angel's wings.

Happy training and happy film-going!

Best wishes,


ManageTrainLearn 2011