I caught Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor on TV and was struck by this theme:
Self-absorption in minor affairs led to nearly being wiped out by an enemy hiding in plain sight.
The first third of the movie was about pretty, young people worried about love affairs and entertainment, while paying lip service to the job they were doing.
There was one paranoid guy saying, you know, I think something bad is going to happen.
Everyone else was like, “dude, you worry too much.”
Then the middle third of the movie proved the paranoid guy was right.
The final act, of course, was about righteous revenge carried out by people turning their self-absorption toward a common enemy.
My takeaway is this:
Work every day on your real purpose, which is securing your future.
It’s kind of boring, but I think it’s the best way to avoid personal Pearl Harbors.
And personally, I do that by keeping my marketing machine running, every single day.
You can do the same by subscribing to Timeless Profit Principles, the email that teaches a single marketing idea every day at 5 a.m.
(The Japanese attacked at 7:48 a.m., BTW)