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Leadership Movie Review : Here Comes the Boom – Inspire and be inspired

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Leaders often forget one of the most important aspect of leadership, and that is the ability to inspire others and be inspired themselves. The ability to inspire others is a trait that sets great leaders apart from average ones. Looking at some of the greatest leaders of our time Lincoln, Malcom X, Gandhi) we realize that one of the reasons they are so revered across the globe is because they were able to inspire human kind through their acts of valor and passion, but above all their ability to inspire themselves towards a cause or something that they firmly believed in to the extent that they would give themselves towards it.

“Here comes the boom” is a superb movie that conveys an important fact of life, that greatness and the ability to inspire can come from anything, anyone or anywhere. In the movie, a former college wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. 

Awarded teacher of the year a while back due to his passionate teaching style and dedication to his students, Scott is dis-heartened by the inefficient school system and various other factors. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher, Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.

Scott’s climb up the MMA ladder is tough due to his poor physical condition but he is inspired by the fact that Henry will be jobless in a matter of months, unless he can raise $42,000 and therefore fights in the MMA ring for the cause of saving his colleagues job. He also regains his passion for teaching as he is inspired by his students in Biology, an entrance song he selects for MMA fights and also his renewed passion for sport itself.

The ending? Best found out yourself… Enjoy 🙂



Written by Talal Cassim

January 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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