on BLOG, Coaching, success 4 Ott, 2013


Last week, “kindly pushed" by my daughter, I saw at the cinema "Turbo", the new Dreamworks animation film. After more than a quarter of a century, I went to the cinema to see a cartoon, about which, among other things, I previously hadn’t read anything.

Putting aside prejudices and attitudes of indulgence, I decided to immerse myself for an hour and a half in history: immediately Turbo proved to be a clear metaphor for coaches. What could be more optimistic and educational of a snail, who wants to win a car race? Moreover arriving first?

Turbo is a story about the importance of dreaming, aiming high, not giving up and winning. At the beginning of the film, the snail is moved away from his original group, that considers his dangerous desire for speed as a sign of madness. It’s comprehensible for a group of snails strictly following the motto ”who never risks, gains". Funny, right? When the snails say that, definitely yes, but if we think that the majority of us set their lives on this principle ...

Turbo does not give up after the harassment and continues to nurture his dream, backed by a completely different philosophy of life, repeated incessantly by a French pilot: "No dream is too big, no dreamer too small."

And perhaps thanks to his ambition and his vision, the snail has an accident (remember "bad luck can generate good luck" of posts ago?), which makes him extremely fast, allowing him to pass the admission tests at Indianapolis. Turbo now has also changed friends and is perfectly integrated in a team of snails, loving speed and stunts.

So, Turbo joins the race, but after a few laps he gets overwhelmed by the sense of failure towards cars, that can be seven lower than him, but were born for the races. And what encouragement will enable him to re-start and win the race? A beautiful "be a snail", that is: be yourself, do not forget what makes you unique, do not forget your origins, do not mechanically emulate the cars, but build your victory over your own diversity.

The film ends with a sincere "We have won!", screamed even by those who had never believed in Turbo, in his diversity, in the risk, in the change. To confirm that, even in a cartoon, a single challenge can act as a springboard for many.

We know that the reality is quite different: Western Countries and, even more, the United States of America are ruthlessly deployed against the credulous and visionary, marginalizing them, but I like to think that a new generation can/could act differently, also thanks to a film like this.

From one to ten, how the motto "No dream is too big, no dreamer too small" represents you?

What was the last time that "you were a snail"?

What have you learned being it?






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