If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love movies. Some of the new stuff is pretty good, but many of the films from the 50s and 60s are absolutely fabulous!

These are films that have subtlety with depth. They make you think and feel in a way that computer-enhanced blood and guts never will.

One such film is Harvey from 1950. A peaceful, much-admired and wealthy man, who occasionally has too much to drink, has an invisible 6’3” white rabbit named Harvey as a buddy. They share many adventures together and the film is packed with wonderful sayings and insights.

One in particular underpins true success. Elwood, Harvey’s human buddy, says to the psychiatrist treating him – “In this world you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was oh so smart. I recommend pleasant.”

Every day, our egos prod us to be better than the next guy, show people how much we know and baffle ‘em with our baloney, all to demonstrate how ‘oh so smart’ we are.

Yet those, like Elwood, who are admired in the community, loved by many and live in peace with themselves and others, focus primarily on being ‘oh so pleasant.’

Action – On a post-it note, simply write the word Harvey. Next time you’re on the phone and your ego is coaxing you to show ‘em just how smart you are, glance at the note and remember – you will achieve more in life by simply being ‘oh so pleasant’.

Come on Harvey, let’s go.

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