BELIEVE - A Blade Runner 2049 Lesson
*** THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS. MANY SPOILERS. ***
"Time to roll, the answer floats on down the farthest shore, of the mind. Roll the dice that sail the ship and all the doors will open, on down the line”
Believe - My Morning Jacket
This past weekend my wife and I went to see Blade Runner 2049. Awesome flick. I recommend to it to all. For those who are not aware of the Blade Runner storyline it goes like this: It’s the future. Replicants have been created, which are essentially bio-engineered robots, so that they can be our slaves and help us explore other dangerous worlds. The replicants revolt and are outlawed, in come the blade runners, hired hands that are paid to find and “retire” replicants.
In 2049, Ryan Gosling is the blade runner (who is also a new version of replicant that does not revolt). He is the typical replicant, follows orders, is efficient, knows his place and does not rock the boat. It so happens that on a mission he finds out that a replicant had a kid 30 years ago. Holy crap! Maybe they are not just engineered beings. Maybe they are more… you get the picture.
Now to the juicy stuff. Throughout the movie, Ryan Gosling receives clues that leads him to believe that he is in fact the kid of the old model replicant. The first replicant to be born, not made. Little by little his world starts changing. He starts to act by what he believes in and not what he is told. He starts building a stronger relationship with his significant other (who cares if she is a hologram!), he starts to believe that he is part of something more and his world changes. Awesome stuff.
What’s even cooler is that it turns out he’s not the kid… and it doesn’t matter. His life is changed. For the better. He is part of something now that he never thought possible. All because he believed. Even if it was not true.
The power of belief has been in our culture for a long time. Whether it is through religion or myth, we have always known that belief is a powerful thing. Now how can we use this for our own good? How can we leverage it for the self-transformation and productivity? Here are a couple of thoughts…
BELIEF COMES FROM WITHIN
Guess what scarecrow, you had the brains all along. And Dorothy… yeah, you had those slippers THE WHOLE TIME! You could have been back to Kansas years ago!What I am trying to say is that we all have greatness in us, we just fail to see it sometimes. Self-awareness (knowing our good and bad traits) is hard. Like super hard. So the number one thing to know is that you have great things inside you, all you need to do is raise you awareness… and believe.
THERE IS NO SECRET SAUCE
I have three kids so I am sucker for a good fable that comes from an animated flick. In Kung Foo Panda, the panda always wanted to know what the secret ingredient was for his dad’s noodle soup. Guess what… yeah, no secret ingredient. The secret ingredient was believing that there was one. It made all the difference in the world. Even if it never existed.
IT DOESEN’T MATTER IF ITS TRUE, ALL THAT MATTER IS THAT YOU BELIEVE
Things do not have to be true to be impactful and meaningful. It is not about that. The core of believing is the leap of faith. Not knowing if something is an absolute truth but believing that it is. Now THAT is something to hang on to.
So … what do I want you to do with all this information? Well… I want you to believe. To believe that its possible, even if it truly does not exist, because that is what is going to push you forward. I want you to believe in others when they don’t believe in themselves, because that will help THEM believe. If we all become believers, who knows what we will all be able to do? We might even change the future… Looking forward to seeing how far you have come in 2049.
Andre Wyse Mello is a coach and a believer. He has been in leadership and marketing for over 16 years. If you would like to connect with Andre please visit www.wysecoaching.com.