Five Lessons We Can Learn from “The Internship”

First of all, if you haven’t seen the movie The Internship, I highly recommend it. I am not a movie person. I haven’t seen a majority of movies until about three to five years after their release. And you won’t catch me in a theater unless there is a super cute animated film playing. Or if they made a Mistborn film, then I would be at the cinema in two minutes flat. And The Internship was no different. I remember seeing trailers for it on television, but as per protocol, I made no effort to see it in theaters.

Well, a few weeks ago I was a bit sad. Nothing too dramatic, but I did need a pick me up, and FX was playing The Internship. Immediately I latched to this movie. Part of that latching could be because my career started at an Internet Marketing company and we had to use Google services all the time. Another reason is Owen Wilson and his infectious positivity. And yes, I know that he sadly tried to commit suicide years ago. I am beyond grateful that he survived, but I can imagine how difficult it must be for him to be spritely and positive for people like me who rely on him for some quick enlightenment.

But the biggest reason I love this movie is that it’s hilarious and inspirational. Which leads me to this post about what we can all learn from The Internship.

Lesson 1: You’re never too old to dream
Sometimes people get lost, and their dreams go out the window. Well, even if you’re 42, and you want to write a book, you can. You won’t know if you will succeed until you try. There are plenty of people out there who are too scared to go for their goals, and I think this movie is a great inspiration to get you excited about following your dreams.

Lesson 2: Jealousy gets you nowhere
It’s more than natural to get jealous when someone does something better than you do. But! If you and your friend are trying to learn something together, jealousy has no place in the success. Even though Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) understands coding and HTML better than Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn), Billy is happy that his friend is carrying the torch. And that is the best support you can ask from a friend. They use their strengths to help elevate the other, and that’s why they succeed.

Lesson 3: Stop looking at your phone and enjoy life
Stuart is always on his phone. Always. And it takes a topless stripper for him to realize that there is more to life than constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We’re so obsessed with our phones that we ignore our friends and people around us even when we’re in the same room with them. I can’t stand it when I drive somewhere to see someone, and they’re on their phone the entire time. This movie is a pleasant reminder that there is a big world out there for you to enjoy “just three inches up I beg you.”

Lesson 4: Transform mishaps into opportunities
We fail more often than we succeed, but learning from those failures give us insight into what works and what doesn’t. Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell lose their sales job, and the world seems bleak until Billy decides to dream big. Instead of sitting in despair over losing his job, he decides to apply for an internship with Google. He turned losing his job into gaining a career, and that’s a perfect example of transforming mishaps into golden opportunities.

Lesson 5: The future is uncertain
If you’re like me, then you worry about the future a lot, and that makes no sense. You can take action to creating a better tomorrow, but there is no use in worrying about what the future holds since it always changes based on our actions in the present moment. But just because the future is uncertain doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be excited about the surprises in store for us. Nick Campbell shows us this enthusiasm when their former boss calls with a job opportunity. Sure the duo doesn’t know what the future holds or if they will get the jobs at Google, but they’re excited about the future because who knows what can happen?

With all that said, I believe that more people need to see this movie if they haven’t yet. It’s funny, uplifting, and inspiring. Not only will it make you feel good, but you will learn something from it in the end. Not all films will inspire us to change, but The Internship just might have that effect on you.


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