May the odds be ever in your favor.
Today, we’re going to talk about how you can become more powerful using the lessons from Hanukkah and Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Let’s get started.
Hello, I’m Marcus J. Freed. Welcome to Marcus Recommends. This is where we share great ideas and celebrate life. It’s unscripted, unbiased, unrehearsed and coming to you live from the studio here in LA, Los Angeles, California.
Today, it’s a special edition of Marcus Recommends based on Hanukkah and Hunger Games – Catching Fire, and I want to teach you a simple tool for becoming more powerful, more present, and stronger with what you’re doing in the world. Firstly, here’s the setup. There are actually two particular examples.
One is Hanukkah. The story of Hanukkah, there were a group of people, Jews, who were kicked out their temple by the Greek Syrian Empire which was in control in Jerusalem. They wanted to find a way of getting back into the temple so they basically fought their way back and that was how Hanukkah really got started.
What are you fighting for?
Over in Hunger Games – Catching Fire, there’s another kind of fighting going on, the fighting that takes place initially within the Hunger Games itself. I think there’s a really interesting thing to be learned from Katniss Everdeen, our heroine of the story, when she gets reselected for the Hunger Games, for the 75th Quarter Quell, the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games, when she basically has to go in and fight again. The moment when she’s told or when she sees on television that she has been reselected, she doesn’t start raging or throwing things at the television. She basically accepts it. She doesn’t look happy but she accepts it. She doesn’t complain. We don’t hear her complaining at any point in particular. She just does what she can and she focuses on moving forward.
So here’s a question for you: How often do you complain in your life about circumstances? If you’ve got a business, for example, how often do you complain that there aren’t enough clients, it’s hard to get your website updated, there’s a difficult market going on, there’s a recession, there’s —I don’t know—a bad rainy day? How often do you complain about how stuff?
At the moment, I’m in martial arts training but that’s for another video. When I’m in martial arts training, one thing my teacher, Eric Kingston says to me is, “The world does not care. People may care. Your friends may care. But the world does care.” On other words, he says when we complain the world doesn’t really care. You could be complaining, “Oh, there’s a recession” or “My website’s not good enough” but the world’s going to keep on turning. Things are going to keep on happening.
What are you fighting for?
If Katniss Everdeen complains, well, she’s still going to go to the Hunger Games. She can complain when her fashion designer, played by the great Lenny Kravitz, is beaten up just before she goes into the arena but it would make no sense. I mean nothing’s going to be achieved. The Hasmonean fighters in the Hanukkah story can complain or they can fight.
So the question is: Where do you keep complaining? Where are you complaining in your life? Where are you moaning? Where have you got a problem, something you can achieve, something you want to achieve but there’s something standing in the way? So today, I would urge above everything else the way to get into power, the way to really get aligned with what it is you can achieve with your mission is stop complaining. Think about what you can do. Buckle up. Work with what you’ve got and go out and achieve it.
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Of that, I would love to hear what it is you are trying to achieve, what are you complaining about, and what is it that you can stop complaining about and start doing. I’m here to support you. If I can be of assistance, head on over to MarcusJFreed.com. There’s a free video training. There are free articles. There are more videos available. Make sure you subscribe to Marcus Recommends. Thank you for coming along. Thank you for watching this today. I wish you the best. May the odds be ever in your favor.