Several key ideas emerged from my first viewings of The Godfather which have profitted me a great deal in life.
First, “Never take sides against the family”. Family first. Always. No exceptions. Because only your family has a vested interest in your survival and well-being. Only your family understands where you’ve come from and (hopefully) where you want to go. They can offer a steadying hand when you start to veer off course. And the perspective to help you celebrate your successes.
Second, “Leave the gun, take the cannolis”. It is important to know your priorities. As long as your priorities are in order, you’ll be able to keep the main thing, the main thing. If you will get up in the morning and get to work on your most important task, working till you can go no farther, you will see eventual success.
Third, “It’s business, not personal”. Always know the difference, and keep the division clear. Once you blur that line, you’re in danger. You may have to make some difficult decisions, or perhaps choose between “good” and “better”, but you will not have to choose between “bad” and “best”. Just be aware that others may not have learned to make the same distinction.
Fourth, “Go to the mattresses”. When you have drawn your personal “line in the sand”, be prepared to hunker down and fight to the bitter end, for what you believe in, for all you hold dear. It’s similar to the Greek principal of burning the boats when the enemy’s coast was reached.
There you have four life-guiding precepts that may just help you grab hold of your drifting life and turn things around. Good luck!!