Personal Development & Success

Gem of Wisdom from Risky Business

When you think of the movie Risky Business, what is the first thing to pop into your head?

Tom cruise sliding across the floor in his underwear of course.

That iconic scene, while slightly dated at this point (the movie debuted in 1983 when Tom Cruise was just 21), is often a recognizable and well understood part of pop culture even to people who have never seen the movie.

If this is the only thing you know about or remember from the movie then you have sadly missed one of the greatest gems of wisdom in movie history.

Early in the movie there is a brief scene that sets the stage for the shenanigans throughout the rest of the film. But this scene, while central to the theme of the movie, is also something worth really thinking about, taking to heart and acting on.

The takeaway quote from this scene comes down to this:

“Every now and then say, ‘What the fuck’… ‘What the fuck’ gives you freedom, freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future.”

I had never thought about my actions in this way before but as soon as I heard it, it clicked. This is the mentality I have unconsciously followed for most my adult life and it has served me very well. It is a priceless concept that I strongly encourage you to begin applying to your life.

Watch the scene:

So the next time you’re feeling stuck in life and can’t figure out what to do, try saying ‘What the Fuck’ and do something risky. It could be the best decision you ever make.

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