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Movie Review: Money Ball

Finally, a must see film for this year. Thammie and I decided to watch this movie last night for our date night since we have received free movie passes the whole year round. This time we decided to watch Money Ball starring Brad Pitt and what I got our tons of lessons on life, leadership and sports.

Synopsis of the movie:¬†Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Lessons learned:

1. Ignore what the world is saying. If people say it can’t happen, ignore them. You hear it all the time when you tell people about a new idea – “it won’t happen, tadadatada…..” ¬†Yeah right tell that to the Beatles when a recording company turned them down, tell that to people who said that Victory is crazy for starting a church in the mall or the people who say you are not yet ready for success because you are too young. The world is filled with pessimism. You either join them or move in faith.

2. Numbers don’t lie. Most of us based our decisions on emotions but once we are faced with the facts, it will tell us the brutal truth. Why do people don’t have their annual physical checkup – because they are afraid of the numbers. Why are people in debt still spend – because they are denying the numbers. Why are people still dreaming that their failing business will make it – because they deny the numbers but the truth is numbers don’t lie.

3. Adapt to change. I love the conversation between Brad Pitt and the owner of the Boston Red Sox. He said that the new way of playing the game was the way GM Billy Beane managed the Oakland A’s. If you don’t adapt to the change, you will become a dinosaur – a thing of the past.

4. You need less than you think. The Oakland spend 1/3 the amount the New York spend on creating wins. Ask yourself this question – do you really need 1 million to start a project or a business or you can boot strap and start with 10,000 pesos. Some major things don’t require a lot of money.

Recommendation: 5 of 5 stars

1. Great acting by Brad Pitt.

2. Finally a movie with no sexual overtones

3. Inspiring movie