Following the Dream: Christmas Story of Misfits
Subject: Success, Motivational, Dream, Vision, Belief, misfits
So I decided to watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with my little girl who had never seen the original claymation movie we all grew up with. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer premiered on NBC December 6th, 1964, and has become the longest running, highest rated television special in the history of the medium.
I watch it every year, as many of us do, because it has become a tradition. I also think it has an inherent magical power that transports us mentally back to when we were young and life seemed a bit less complex than it is today.
Every time I watch the movie I seem to catch a different view of it; a different take on it if you will. As I watched it this time, the scene that struck a chord with me was the scene in the elves' workshop.
If you recall, "Herbie", one of the elves (standing behind Rudolph in this picture), is distracted while on the toy assembly line. Herbie's job is to paint the wooden trucks coming his way. The supervising elf yells at him and asks him why he's falling behind.
Herbie, unhappy, later on decides to runaway as he realizes he doesn't belong there; he considers himself a 'misfit'. He meets up with Rudolph, who also considers himself a misfit and together they run away. While trekking through the snowstorm and narrowly escaping the Abominable snowman, they discover the Land of Misfit Toys; a place where toys go when no child wants them. Herbie and Ruldoph promise the King of Misfit Land that they'll return with Santa who will find homes for these misfit toys.
But back to Herbie...
All his life everyone kept reminding him that he's an elf and elves make toys for Santa. Herbie's refuses to accept this fait accompli. By running away he makes a commitment to run towards his dream of becoming a dentist.
Many people in life aren't that brave and live quiet lives of desperation because all their life, someone told them what they should be doing. And in accepting their fate, they now realize how unhappy they are. They don't like what their doing, but yet, every day they go off to their job doing what others want them to do...much like Herbie.
As the movie progresses, Herbie and Rudolph encounter their difficulties after running away. But in the end, they both win...that's the real hidden message. In the end, they FORCED others to accept them for who they are; no more, no less. The elves came to realize that it was a good idea to have a dentist around and the reindeers now let Rudolph play in their 'reindeer games' because they saw the advantage of having a deer friend with a bright red nose.
I'm convinced that one can't be successful pretending to be something they are NOT. If you aren't doing what you love to do, then you're off track, you're lost. I know what you're thinking, "But I don't know how to go about doing what I want to do. Where would I start?"
In the movie, both Herbie and Rudolph set out NOT knowing: who, what, where and when . The only thing they knew was the 'why'. The 'why' was pursuing their dreams. They were unhappy; a big motivator. When they set out, they had no idea how they were going to achieve their goals; they just did it. Along the way they faced major snowstorms and a very hungry abominable snowman (i.e., unforeseen obstacles and dangers).
They also came across a friend, Yukon who helped them. Here's a secret most dreamers accept as true: along the path of success, when you are living on purpose, you will come across people like Yukon who will help you get to where you're going. You'll never meet these helpful people if you never start the journey and take calculated risks. Serendipity favors people of action, not talkers.
Question what you're currently doing. Are you happy? Are you doing it because 'you are suppose to' or because you chose to do it? In my book, The Logic of Success, I state that 78% of the population is either unhappy or would rather be doing something else. Think about that for a second...78%!
Life plays no favorites, but success does favor those willing to take a risk and make the commitment to pursue their passion. Much like Rudolph's red nose which guided Santa's sleigh through that snowstorm, let the glow of your desire guide your decision and light up your path to success. Corny? Maybe. True? Absolutely! You can bet your unhappy job on it!
p.s., It's OK not to fit in, and be different. It's OK to be a misfit. The objective in life is to find your 'fit'...where you belong. Be proud of being a misfit! And keep in mind that a misfit is only a misfit until he or she finds their fit.
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Victor Antonio G., one of America's top motivational speaker and author of “The LOGIC of Success”.
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