Friday, June 04, 2010

Takeaways from The Big Kahuna

I was recently encouraged to watch the a movie The Big Kahuna, staring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito. Not only was the film entertaining, it was full of interesting advice. Here are my takeaways:

Don't qualify compliments. Put yourself out there and vulnerably compliment others.

The world is full of clocks, there are really few reasons to wear a watch.

It's never too early to start thinking about where you're going to end up.

People who look very official while doing their job do so because they don't actually know what they're doing. If you know what you're doing, you don't have to look like you know what you're doing.

Great men aren't those who do no wrong, they are those that can take criticism with gratitude.

Sometimes you have to chew your leg off to get out of life's traps.

Sometimes "principled" people marry another "principled" person only to find out it was their principles that married.

Love has a lot of counterfeits.

The only reason people order sophisticated drinks is to look sophisticated.

God created wives so that they could show men when their being assholes.

A man doesn't know what his soul looks like until he gazes into the eyes of his wife. If he's a decent human being he cries his eyes out, because no man should be comfortable with what he sees.

There are a lot of things in this world that are good for you, even if they're not pleasant.

There is a delicate balance between preaching the gospel and selling Jesus as a product. This is discussed wonderfully here.

When you start steering a conversation you cease being a person and become a marketing rep.

There's a difference between being honest and being blunt.

You gain character by recognizing regret. Not because you've done something worth regretting, but because you recognize you already have plenty of things to regret.

The world will spin without you.

Say I love you to people you love.

As the credits role the famous late 90's song "Wear Sunscreen" plays, which itself is full of good advice. Here is its:

One final thing I take away from this movie is that is was originally a play. I've always been skeptical of the value of live drama compared to those on the silver screen, but I'm sure the dialogue would have been more real in person. My wife and I are taking an anniversary trip to New York City this summer, what should we see?


  1. I really liked this one. You should add it to your top posts.

  2. Last year my wife and I did the anniversary trip to New York. Get the city pass and try some of these:

    Empire State Building (expect a long line, even with the city pass)

    The Harbor Tour (goes from west-side mid-city to east-side mid-city and back). Avoid the Statue of Liberty. You can get to the island, but it is hard to get off again. The harbor tour takes you right by and gives lots of photo ops.

    Central Park. Go early enough to see the view from the tower at the castle in the center. See also the reservoir for a great view of the Ghostbusters skyscraper.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on the east side of Central Park and is a must-visit.

    Restaurants. Seek out the good local ones. Stay away from the chain restaurants you have at home.

    Grand Central Station. Walk around inside and outside for the atmosphere. (Busy)

    Fifth Avenue. I think the cathedral is here too, but if not go find it.

    Rockefeller Center is smaller than it looks on TV, but is near the cathedral.

    Times Square. At night. 'Nuff said.

    We want to go back to see more. This list is what we managed in three days across a weekend. We retreated to the park a lot because I am a country boy not a city boy. I needed the green stuff to keep me sane.


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