One of the many things we like about the movies is that we learn from certain life lessons that we will help us get through life. Not all movies provide us with some valuable information, of course, that is why we’ve collected information about 10 life lessons learnt from male characters in movies that are worth keeping in mind. If you’re interested in their female counterpart, read our life lessons from female characters in movies. Let’s see what those lessons are and how we can use them in our life.
10. Take with Both Hands
Character: Gordon Gekko
Performed by: Michael Douglas
Gordon Gekko is not a role model by any means, but there is something quite valuable that he can teach us: when life has something to offer, then take what it’s offering you with both hands and fill up your pockets… and then come back for more. It’s something akin to greed, but we won’t really call it that because it can be applied to any situation that requires for that type of behavior, not just money.
9. Know When to Fold and When to Hold
Character: Solomon Northup
Performed by: Chiwetel Eijofor
That poor man, Solomon Northup has been through hell and back and the most valuable lesson we need to learn from him is to know when to fold and when to hold. Whenever there is a situation that infuriates us, we need to relax and look at it from another perspective: What will happen if I react this way? you should ask yourself. Should I relax and maybe give it some time?
8. Sacrifice Yourself for the One You Love
Character: Jack Dawson
Performed by: Leonardo di Caprio
We’ve learned a lot from Jack Dawson (mainly how to spit), but the one true valuable lesson we can learn from him is to sacrifice ourselves for the ones we love. Do not take that literally, unless you’re in a situation that resembles the one he was in. We’re talking about the small things in life that will show the people we love how we really feel about them.
7. Don’t Swallow What They’re Giving You
Character: Ron Woodruf
Performed by: Matthew McConaughey
Out of the life lessons learnt from male characters in movies, this one is truly important – always question things that don’t seem right to you. Don’t swallow what you’re being served just because someone said you should. Investigate for yourself, have questions, be active! Only when you’ve gotten your answers, you can safely say you’re satisfied.
6. Stay Sane Through Tough Times
Performed by: Bradley Cooper
Oh, the character of Phil is a funky one. This guy is just a regular, cool guy who likes to party and have fun – but when the sh** hits the fan, then he’s the one with a clear head and a plan. That’s quite a life lesson to be learnt. Don’t lose your head when things get tough, you need a clear mind to figure out what to do. Besides, other may be counting on you!
5. Don’t Let Your Limitations Limit You
Character: Forrest Gump
Performed by: Tom Hanks
OK, so Forrest Gump is a character with a bucket of luck and great people around him, but his innocence is something to cherish. We can’t all be innocent and pure, but we can all strive to surpass our limitations and to better ourselves. You can do that gradually, but you can do it if you put your mind to it.
4. Sometimes You Have to Break a Sweat
Character: Rocky Balboa
Performed by: Sylvester Stallone
Rocky taught us that in order to see your dream come true, you’ll have to be willing to work hard for that to happen. You can’t just dream of something and then Bang it’s done! And I’m not talking about getting a six-pack, this attitude can be applied to everything in life. You want to be a surgeon? Fine, then work for it! Know what being a surgeon implies and give 100%!
3. Cool as a Cucumber
Character: John McLane
Performed by: Bruce Willis
John McLane has a sarcastic joke for every situation, he’s a laid back (but not as laid back as Jack Sparrow, the next guy on our list) matter-of-fact, hands-on kind of guy. The type people generally aspire to be like. We like him because he’s taught us to do things and not complain too much.
2. Take It Easy
Character: Jack Sparrow
Performed by: Johnny Depp
Jack Sparrow is the most laid back individual in the history of film. He’s almost always drunk and blabbering! But there’s a valuable lesson waiting to be discovered there: relax, take it easy! If you learn to do it, then you’ll avoid the big plague of the 21st century: STRESS. Stress can damage your health in ways you didn’t think possible – too much of it can even lead to over exhaustion and death.
1. Don’t Put Too Much Value on Material Things
Character: Tyler Durden
Performed by: Brad Pitt
We’ve learnt so much from Tyler Durden, the man is a genius! But the most important thing is to not put too much value on material things. Sure, it’s good to have a nice home, with nice things in it, but know that those things do not represent you and they do not hold any value. Learn to let go of material things and try to live minimally.
What did you think about these life lessons learnt from male characters in movies? Are you going to use any of them? What is your favorite life lesson? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you!