In our 21st century its safe to say that business is a religion, profit is god, and the day-to-day grind, is the praise and worship we give to profit. Did you get that last bit there? Business has a philosophy,a model for how you should treat people, and underlying this all is the belief that a service provided should be compensated its fair value. I recently saw a showing of the movie ‘Killing them Softly’ starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and a group of other recognizable faces that reiterated the founding principles of this modern country, which is that its all business.
The movie’s synopsis follows 3 guys who rob a card game though unbeknownst to them the game is mob sponsored so the mob goes after the 3 guys. A very linear storyline, but what got me and colored this movie a better shade was the last line uttered by Brad Pitt near the movie’s end. The line goes, “In America, you’re on you own, America is not a country, it’s just a business. Now pay me.” This is a response to a mob boss (Richard Jenkins) haggling for a discount on the murderous service provided by the enforcer Brad Pitt. I revisited this movie after hearing that line to gather other morsels of wisdom and here they are.
Lessons from the movie
- When undertaking an endeavor with high risk and severely punitive losses if it fails which can be any business undertaking, its good be to thorough with your plans. The characters who robbed the mob protected card game did not do this and suffered punitive losses.
- Pick your cast well. A slip up by of the robbers after heavy drinking exposed them all to severe losses.
- Don’t cry WOLF! when there’s no wolf, and worst of all don’t be the guy known for crying wolf. In the movie, the character who cried wolf was killed by the wolf because no one believed him the second time.
- Do not backtrack on an agreement you agreed to. Brad Pitts’ last line exemplified that well enough.
- Watch the movie!