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What I Learned From the Movie — The King’s Speech

If you haven’t seen it already — I highly recommend the movie: The King’s Speech. I loved it so much, I’ve seen it twice. It tells the story of the unlikely intersection of the life of King George VI of England and a speech therapist named Lionel. Their bond remained in tact for the rest of their lives. Their friendship forever changed them.

It’s a wonderful case study in courage, resolve, identity, and mentoring relationships. Lionel was a commoner, with no pedigree or degree in speech therapy. But his life has taught him how to empower others. He digs into the past of Bertie (King George) and helps him discover why he’s so afraid of public speaking. He pushes and challenges Bertie, even when he’s been promoted from the Duke of York to King of England. Along the way, the two men learn to trust at the deepest level. Lionel convinced Bertie that he has the “stuff” to be king even when Bertie didn’t believe it.

I came away from the story with a handful of reminders about mentoring:

1. Only a mentor who is secure and not enamored by the position or status of his mentee is fit to invest in him.

2. Only a mentor who can look past the faults and see the needs of others is safe to get close to and become transparent.

3. Only a mentor who’s undistracted by his mentee’s cluttered life and who’s not intimidated by his influence can turn his potential into performance.

4. Only a mentor whose resolve is unwavering can endure harsh disagreements over what’s really possible and can reproduce his backbone in his mentee.

I laughed and cried during this movie. I recommend you see it with someone who’s willing to get coffee afterward, and talk about the implications of this true story.

Tim

2 Comments

  1. Elizabeth on February 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

    ABSOLUTELY loved this movie also!!! I cried during parts, they portrayed their individual struggles so genuinely . . . and I loved how Lionel never backed down; he knew his own value, even without the successes he had longed for. And the King was so poignant when he stated that he’d never had a friend – what a life he had, that he never chose, where so much was decided for him and imposed upon him. The two of them were a gift from God to each other – a validation of each others worth! Absolutely beautiful!

    • Tim Elmore on February 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Glad you liked the movie too, Elizabeth. What a picture it provides of the importance of resolve and relationships!

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What I Learned From the Movie — The King’s Speech