What was my first impression of October Sky as it pertains to my entrepreneurship goals? Most people, I believe, can relate to the hero’s experience in one way or another, to one degree or another, at some point of their lives or another. In my case, Homer Hickam’s story touched on memories of my own childhood. I wasn’t nearly as courageous as Hickam, however. I tended to conform to the establishment, not questioning, not seeking my dreams, because, if everybody else followed it, it had to be right. Or so I thought. As I have grown and learned, however, I have come to see that the establishment wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for those people who contributed to its formation, when there was either no establishment or it was different. The world wouldn’t be where it is if it weren’t for people who have had the courage to change things, to do them differently, and even to be crticicized and alienated for it. Innovation wouldn’t be possible without innovators.
And as I’ve learned this, I’ve strived to incorporate it into my life. Not that you have to be a rebel—that doesn’t work too well for success either—but I have tried to see different, more effective ways to do things, or to think about things, and implemet those things into my life. That’s why October Sky touched me on such a personal level. There is always opposition to the innovator’s pathe, the entrepreneur’s path, the path of those who want to do something different. I have experienced this opposition. I have learned that, sometimes, it is good to listen and learn from criticism, but more often than not, you have to go with your gut. How can the lessons from Homer Hickham be applied?
First, let’s identify what I think the most valuable lessons are: •
If you put your mind to it, you are likely to achieve it. Not that there is guaranteed success in here—as much as I may want to learn how to live without breathing for seven years, that doesn’t mean I ever will—but the lesson is this: no effort means...
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