Sunday, 13 May 2018

Life Lessons from Film ‘Mahanati’/‘Nadaigaiyar Thilagam’―Share if You Care

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was authoring a book on women leadership, my wife asked me to view the film ‘Mahanati’. I had lots of assignments and commitments globally. But I decided to spend some time with my wife. Additionally, I enjoy viewing old movies and I admire Savitri.

Mahanati is based on the life of legendary actress Savitri. She was a legend with an amazing influence in both Tollywood and Kollywood. The reviews for the film are also good. When I viewed the film, I became emotional because of her tragic end.   

I know about life since I had my own share of downfalls and setbacks having been cheated by my own relatives apart from having knowledge about life from real life and books. Life teaches many lessons which books don’t. But observing others and learning lessons is always better than learning lessons from personal experiences because a wise person learns lessons from others’ mistakes while a foolish person learns from own mistakes. At the end of the day, everyone makes mistakes and becomes a fool. But how you learn lessons and apply them to avoid further mistakes is more important. 

Life Lessons to Learn

“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” —John Wooden

I have the practice of jotting down the main ideas whenever I view films and share them through my blogs and books. Here are some life lessons everyone must learn to avoid mistakes to lead a happy life. 
  1. Life is not a cakewalk. It is full of peaks and valleys.  
  2. Don’t take success for granted. Ensure that success doesn’t go to your head. Be level headed.
  3. Save money for a rainy day. Keep financial reserves ready.
  4. Don’t trust others blindly. Avoid sycophants.
  5. Stick to your core areas rather than enter into unknown areas and burning your fingers.
  6. Don’t make emotional decisions. Be analytical and logical when you make your decisions. Use your head, heart and gut to make your decisions wisely.
  7. Success brings many fake friends while failures bring a few true friends.
  8. Handling success is easy while handling failures is more challenging.
  9. Bounce back from failures instead of brooding over them.
  10. Hire a coach or mentor to overcome your challenges and seek professional advice.   
  11. Be a giver, not a taker.  


“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” —Walter Hagen

Learn lessons from others and from your own experiences. Move forward in life without brooding over your unpleasant experiences and events. Life is short and make it sweet. Humans propose while God disposes. To conclude, life is not a cakewalk. Enjoy every moment of your life without any regrets. Life is great!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou

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Professor M.S. Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India

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