It’s Not often that I am inspired by a film, but this past weekend I watched “The Walk.”
It was a riveting first person narrative about Phillippe Petit.
The film was about Phillippe pursuing his passion of leaving the world a piece of himself in the form of an impossible wire walk that he would perform high above the ground on the New Your City Twin towers.
Phillippe was a street performer who’d recently been kicked out of his parent’s home because he wasn’t paying rent.
While performing on the street he injured his tooth while biting on a piece candy that he got from someone in the audience.
He ended up going to the dentist to repair his broken tooth.
While in the dentist office he saw a picture of the Twin Towers and was inspired to make it his life mission to wire walk the Twin Towers.
For him, the impossible walk would be his legacy and would be a work of art that would be appreciated for all time.
In order to pull of what he affectionately called the “Coup,” Phillippe would embark on an inspirational journey that I found worth writing about to you this morning.
I was inspired by Phillippe for two main reasons.
#1 His WHY. Why he would do something so dangerous.
#2 His HOW. How he pulled it off.
Let’s deal with the why.
Phillippe knew his passion and knew what he wanted to do with his life.
He wanted to be great and in order to do so he’d need to overcome enormous obstacles.
He’d failed many times throughout his life and had yet to become more than a street performer, but he always knew exactly what he was here to do.
He also knew that once he completed the “coup” his actions would inspire others to attempt the so called impossible in their own lives.
His why was very personal yet it was much, much bigger than him.
Now let’s get into the “how.”
How did he pull this off and what did I learn from how he did it?
As I witnessed how he pulled it off I saw many concepts that it takes to be successful in any endeavor.
Of all the “how” actions the 1st thing that stands out was his laser sharp focus and unwillingness to allow ANY barrier to stand in his way.
Laser sharp focus seems to be a prerequisite for success.
If we become so consumed in our why, then the how will present itself and NOTHING will stand in your way.
Phillippe had zero margin of error while wire walking between the towers.
One break in concentration would cost him his life.
Once he made the decision about what he would do he did several things that if you and I mimicked would ensure success in our endeavors.
The 1st thing is he had a Plan with a REAL deadline and would not change this date for anything other than bad weather.
After he mapped out his plan & established a deadline, he assembled his team or as he called them his “accomplices.”
The team was as critical an aspect of the walk as any other part.
His 1st accomplice was his girlfriend who served as inspiration and encouragement.
She was basically his cheer leader & believed in him 100% and let him know on a regular basis.
The rest of the accomplices consisted of a camera man, a wire building expert, & a guy with intricate knowledge of how security worked at the Twin Towers so they could sneak into the towers to pull off the coup.
Phillippe relied heavily on his accomplices in order to position himself to pull off the coup, but ultimately he made the final call when it came to whether or not he would move forward when things seemed to be going wrong.
So with all these pieces in place.
He made his decision, selected his date, assembled his crew, then took action.
The rest is as they say history.
So today, I invite you to become a wire walker in your own life.
You know there is something that you were born to leave the world.
That is your why.
You have something that you are supposed to do.
How will you do it?
# 2 Pick a date that it will be done by
# 3 Make your plan
# 4 Assemble your team that includes a support group and people who you respect and trust enough to give you sound advice as it pertains to your goal.
# 5 Allow no barrier to stop you. Become a professional problem solver and solve each and every problem that presents itself. If you don’t know how to solve the problem, then rely on your team to help you solve it.
# 6 Trust yourself to make the final decision when it comes to your life.
# 7 Take action and make history.
Have an awesome day!
Coach Sykes Out!