Click and Priorities
Hi, everyone. One of the things that I have been thinking about lately is the nature of setting priorities. This was reinforced to me as I watched the movie Click on the Fourth of July. For those of you who haven’t seen this movie, it came out six years ago and stars Adam Sandler as a workaholic who can’t seem to find his way to have enough time for everything in life. When going to a Bed, Bath, and Beyond, he meets a mysterious man named Morty who offers him “a universal remote control to control your universe.” There are a few requisite jokes once he figures out what he has, such as pausing his boss to slap him around after he orders him to work over the Fourth of July weekend, and hitting the slow-motion button when a woman is running. However, if you think of this movie only in terms of the joke, you will miss the larger point.
What Are Your Priorities?
The lead character has a family that wasn’t rich, but one that was full of love growing up. Seeing other kids enjoy the material things in life, he decides to try to work to make for a better life for his kids. This takes the form of hitting the “skip” button to avoid dinner with his parents so he can focus on designing his next project. Later, he has a fight with his wife, and he fast-forwards through the whole thing.
*SPOILER ALERT* Ultimately, when he gets passed over for a promotion, and gets frustrated after having to take his kids’ bicycles back, he decides to skip to his promotion. He finds out that it takes him forward one year. *END SPOILER ALERT*
One of the key elements of the story is that, eventually, the remote starts to program itself based on the preferences of the user. Thinking that he was getting the life he wanted, he realizes how much he misses along the way, but he learns this lesson at a huge cost.
This reminds me of the concept of hollow success. No matter how much people think that financial success is the end-all, be-all of existence, it is something that must take its place in a well-rounded life. After all, what good is having all of the money in the world if there is no one to share your life with? As Jim Rohn reminds us, when we neglect one area of our life, it tends to show itself in other areas of our life. So, rather than focus on only one thing in life, it is important to become a well-rounded individual. Rather than focusing on only one thing, be sure to spend time with the people who love you, and improving as a person.
What things do you do to make sure that you aren’t fast-forwarding your way through life?
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