Life Lessons from Movies

Warren Buffett

In Documentary, Movies on June 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Warren Buffett: Bloomberg Game Changers (2013) is a documentary from Bloomberg Television about Warren Buffet, a billionaire investor who became the world’s wealthiest person by buying stocks from companies, and later companies, that were: easy to understand, well managed, competitive, enduring and profitable businesses, such as See’s CandiesGEIKO insurance, and Fruit of the Loom clothing – all of which became subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway, his investment company.

Life Lesson:

One path to obtaining wealth is investing long term in the stock market, which has an S&P 500’s historical average return of 10% per year: Buy stocks when the market goes down/stock prices drop, keep those stocks for multiple years/decades, and “know what you buy, and buy what you know.” — Motley Fool

Movie Scene:

Buffett: “Many people take their cues as to what to do from what the market itself is doing, but [Benjamin] Graham would tell you that the market is there to serve you, not to inform you. And basically he was saying the market will be wrong… sometimes the market is very, very wrong and if you look at the prices of stocks as buying pieces of businesses, you will be able to recognize when the market is very wrong.”

Narrator: “He was picking stocks that others were ignoring, and his stocks kept going up.”

Roger Lowenstein: “He’s devouring every annual report, and they stayed devoured. He remembers them and he’s got these balance sheets in his mind, so that if a stock gets cheap, you know, three years later, he remembers what the fundamentals of the company are. This is a ‘buy now’.”

Alice Schroeder: “Warren has always quoted Gus Levy, who said, ‘be greedy when others are fearful; be fearful when others are greedy’.”

March of the Penguins

In Documentary, Movies on May 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

March of the Penguins (2005) is a documentary co-written and directed by Luc Jacquet about the annual back and forth 70-mile walk Emperor penguins take in order to find a mate and raise a baby chick in the harsh climate of Antarctica, where the average temperature is 58 degrees below 0.

Life Lesson:

Life is a beautiful struggle: splendor and sadness co-exist for us all.

Movie Scene:

Narrator (Morgan Freeman): “With the wind’s return, the temperature drops. This year, winter’s going out with a bang. This is the first storm for the new chicks, and many of them will not survive it. When the winds stop, the search for lost chicks begins. Some have kept warm by huddling together. Others have not been so lucky. The loss is unbearable. Every year, some bereft mother will respond to her agony in an unimaginable way. Having lost her own chick, she will attempt to steal another’s. But the group will not allow it. Back in it’s mother’s care, the chick is not eager to leave again. Despite having known each other only a few days, the bond between mother and child is surprisingly strong. In the next few weeks, it will only grow stronger. Winter’s grip slowly weakens, and the chicks begin to run free. Some need a little encouragement, but eventually, they all find their way.”

God Grew Tired of Us

In Documentary, Movies on April 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

God Grew Tired of Us (2006) is a documentary written and directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn and narrated by Nicole Kidman about a group of about 25,000 boys who escaped the violent civil war in Sudan by walking 1,000 miles to Ethiopia and then Kenya, where they were housed in refugee camps, from which about 3,800 “Lost Boys” were then allowed to immigrate to the United States through the efforts of the International Rescue Committee.

Life Lesson:

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

Movie Scene:

John Bul Dau: “When we run away from Sudan, despite of me being 13, I was taller than the others. So I had to be select out, that ‘please, you are big now, so please go and, and do this job.’ So I had to, to take care of them. I was in charge of one group, 1,200 and something person. That was the time I learned how to bury the dead bodies. That was my, part of, my job. I have to go and bury my fellow brothers. Imagine, at the age of 13, can bury. It was so difficult. It was so bad. But because of situation and our time, what do we do? We have to do that. It was as if maybe the day, the last day, as people say in the Bible, that there will be a last day, that Jesus Christ will come, and whatever on Earth will be judged. That was my imagination. I thought that God felt tired of people on Earth here, felt tired of the bad deed, the bad thing that we are doing, yet God is watching on us. I think God, I thought God got tired of us, and he want to finish us. When I think of it back, it was so bad anyway. You can even think of, can even regret why you were born. Why you were born. Now I wonder, I’m now again wearing clothes, and feeling very happy, and so anyway, everything has an end. Has an end. Even if there’s problem in Sudan still, maybe one time, one day, one minute — it will come to an end.”

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