20-Seconds of Insane Courage

Over the Christmas vacation, my wife and I went to see the film “We Bought a Zoo”. It was a comedy/drama and was one of those movies that the kids would have thought funny, at times and would have been really confused or sad during others.

Our story begins with Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), recently widowed, trying to cope with the death of his wife and having to raise a 14-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. In order to get a new start and escape all the sad memories, Mee decides to give his kids a new experience and purchases an old zoo.  Click here for the  trailer.

He takes many chances in this film and ultimately saves the zoo, its staff and reconciles with his son, whom he fights with throughout the movie, and gives his daughter some very special memories. It’s a movie that is quite funny, extremely emotional in several parts and teaches a very important lesson that Mee is able to demonstrate on many levels throughout the movie to the zoo employees and his children and brother.

During one of the last scenes of the movie, Mee and his son have a great heart-to-heart about love and life and he tells his son, “All you need is 20-seconds of insane courage, and I promise you, something great will come of it.”

This movie is a great example of what associations have to have sometimes to be successful. And whether its you as the CEO that feels like this or whether you inspire your staff to think like this, sometimes you have to put your shield on and have 20-seconds of insane courage to make something happen and fulfill your mission as an organization. Or, make a change to a policy or event. 20-seconds of insane courage can be something you celebrate if you just take the chance.

Where do you need 20-seconds of courage?