Surprising business lesson from "Good Will Hunting"

Posted on March 11th, 2024

The other day I was watching the movie Good Will Hunting and a particular scene really struck a chord with me. If you haven't seen the movie, here's Google's overview of the plot...

"Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams)."

One of the most interesting scenes in the film is where Sean (Robin Williams) tells Will (Matt Damon) that even though Will is such a mathematical genius, that doesn't mean he's any good at managing his emotions or personal life.

In fact, Will's life is a wreck. He lashes out and alienates everyone in his life because he has no concept of how to interact in close relationships with other people.

But it's not his fault. Will's actions are a result of his treatment as a child and his upbringing.

The breakthrough scene in the movie is where Sean tells Will "It's not your fault" over and over and over until Will finally breaks down crying and realizes that he needs help learning how to deal with people.

The moral is this? Yes, Will has problems...


What struck me so much about that scene is that I have that exact conversation with business owners all the time.

A lot of the self-employed individuals aren't taking the basic steps they need to secure their financial futures. But it's not their fault. Most of them don't even know what they need to do.

Maybe I’m geeking out on this a bit. But when you’re as immersed as I am into helping entrepreneurs, you just start seeing these little lessons everywhere. Even in popular shows. It's my life mission to help people like you avoid being trapped in a cage by mediocre accounting and tax advice.

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