All you need to learn in life you can learn from watching "A Bronx Tale."
Okay, maybe that is a bit of a stretch.
I know this is a music blog, but on a couple of occasions (HERE and HERE), I have participated in blogfests listing my favorite movies.
One movie that always makes the cut is 1993’s A Bronx Tale, starring Robert DeNiro in his directorial debut and featuring/written by Chazz Palminteri.
This excellent film opens with the sounds of romance in the Bronx (“Marie! Get in the f*&king car!”). There are a few violent scenes, but mostly the story is about a boy who is drawn to the local gangster against the wishes of his bus-driver father.
I also love the film because of all the important life lessons contained within. You may think I say this in jest, but all you need to know in life, you can learn from watching this film.
And I am going to prove it.
Today continues a series of posts describing the valuable lessons contained in the film.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”
Lesson 2: Leadership Qualities
C asks Sonny if it is better to be loved or feared.
Sonny says, "It's nice to be both, but very difficult."
He goes on: "Fear lasts longer than love... it's fear that keeps them loyal."
"I treat my men good, but not too good, or I'm not needed. I give just enough so that they need me, but they don't hate me," says Sonny.
“Love is fleeting, that's why I don't trust it. Friendship? It's BS. Most friendships in my business are based on money and are meaningless once the money stops.”
The lesson-don't be a pushover. Demand respect.