Karate Kid is a story of a 12 year old Kid, Dre Parker or Little Dre (Jaden Smith) who had to leave for China because his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Despite hating everything in China, Dre had something to live for, his classmate Mei Ying. However, due to cultural differences, the friendship was made almost impossible. Worst still, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bullly, Cheng. Cheng is very good at kung fu and often bullied Dre. Dre soon found a master, Mr Han (Jackie Chan), his apartment’s maintenance man. Han soon teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and clam.
There are 2 major lessons which I’ve learnt
1) When life knocks you down, you can choose to get back up
Most people prefers to take the self pity mode and label themselves as Victims. They say that the only way for their life to change for the better is if other people get better. If Dre was following this concept and hoped that Cheng will change, he would have been beaten to death!
In the movie, Little Dre shared this to Mr Han when his weeping shifu was crying over his lost child and beloved wife, “Life sometimes let us down. But it depends on us to get back up.” Dre knew that success is never by chance, success is always by choice!
I believe that successful people are more successful not because they were much smarter, talented or luckier. What makes people successful by the end of the day is the ability to get hit again and again and again.. and keep moving forward.
There were many times in my life when I did get hit hard and felt that I had problems I could never solve. However, I know the fact is this.. Most of the time the outside world will not change.. not until you change first!
2) For 95% of the people, having more success is a wish, want, hope, like, or desire. They think it would really be great to have it. But they can live without if they have to. As a result, they never take action as something more important always comes up to fill up their time.
Dre was truly committed to get what he wants which was to be good at Kung Fu. His goal was not a mere wish or a weak desire. It was an absolute Must and that’s why he trained hard, day and night. I was especially touched during the scene when Dre’s leg was badly injured during semi finals and he had to give up his title yet he wanted to compete with an injured leg. Why? His goal was very specific. During the course of the Kung Fu tournament, Dre was fighting with fear. His ultimate goal was when he is done with the tournament, he will never be afraid again.
You will never achieve anything in life unless your goal is a MUST! Success has a price to pay. But most people wants to enjoy the benefits yet unwilling to pay that price. The price is massive rejections, dejections, frustrations, hardwork, and sacrifices. Are you willing to pay that price?