Think about all the great leaders. Think about Obama. Think about Clinton. Think about Nelson Mandela. Think about all the people that we know who are very successful in business in politics and religion. What are they? They tell purposeful stories. They move people to action by aiming at the heart.
There’s a sense of aliveness that comes from connection shared experience. And you see it in every place. You see it when ball players jump up and down gather at home plate hugging and it’s not just because they’re winning it’s that shared moment that feeling of – we enter the world alone we leave alone.
The idea is we’re still a society where we recognize and see and even sometimes seek members of our own tribe whatever that tribe is. It could be ethnic religious geographic political.
Social cohesion was built into language long before Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter – we’re tribal by nature. Tribes today aren’t the same as tribes thousand of years ago: It isn’t just religious tribes or ethnic tribes now: It’s sports fans it’s communities it’s geography.
Nothing drew me to the film business. I was propelled by the fear and anxiety of Vietnam. I had been drafted into the Marines. My brother was already serving in Vietnam. I bought if you will a stay of execution – both literally and figuratively – and went on to graduate school of business from the law school that I was attending.
My mom used to tell me stories at night read books to me – and I read ’em over and over and over again. And you know what I learned from that? I went back and looked at everything – Why do I like reading the same stories over and over and over again? What was I some kind of nincompoop? No – the narrative gave me connection with my mom.
Most young people haven’t used their storytelling skills since they were 8 or 9 or 10 and wanted to persuade Mom and Dad to take them to the ball game.
Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good the bad and the ugly.
At Casablanca we did ‘Midnight Express’ ‘Flashdance’ and ‘The Deep.’ My willingness for risk has always been my strength.
A gun can be dangerous. But a gun can protect you you can hunt for food with it – you know the tool itself is a tool. The intention of the party using the tool is a part of the process right? You know: the knife cuts the steak stabs the person saves somebody from danger cuts somebody out of a car.