Lessons Learnt From ‘Kung Fu Panda’

Kung Fu Panda is an animated movie that teaches several interesting life lessons. 

The trilogy of this movie franchise, is filled with bursts of wisdom, chunks of inspirational dialogues, and abundant interesting life lessons that we can all learn and adopt in our lives.

Live in the present

As Oogway quoted the saying – “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present”. Thoughts of the future or graves of the past take away your joy in the most significant moment, which is now.

What matters is not what has happened or what is going to take place. What matters is the moment you have at present.

Master oogway is talking to shifu

The power lies within you

No external force, situation or luck will help you in becoming who you truly are. The only way you will excel in life is by realizing the power you hold from within, and using it to your maximum advantage.

Po realized how there really is no secret ingredient, and Master Shifu helped Po understand the value of attaining inner peace. 

Similarly, if we keep our mind under our control, and not fall under the control of our mind instead, we’ll be much more powerful.

It is okay to be you

Understand this – Nobody is YOU and that is your superpower.
We all have our own set of gifts, but I agree it’s easier to look at others, see their strengths and become victims because we don’t own the exact set of strengths.

Do not compare yourself to others. To succeed, you do not have to be better than the best. You just have to be the best “you” that you can be. 

Do not compare yourself to others, because we are all unique, with unique experiences and gifts.

Take the time to get to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.

Don’t settle, challenge yourself

As Master Shifu said, “If you can only do what you can do, you will never be more than who you are now.”

You must challenge yourself. The more you challenge yourself, the more you will learn about yourself. 

This will also act as a growth mindset that will allow you to become better and achieve much more in life.

Nothing is impossible

Sure, it can be extremely hard, but nothing is ever impossible in life. You need to fight against your low self confidence and discover your true potential.

We have the ability to get anything done once we set our minds and hearts on it. We just need to pursue it with determination and a can-do attitude.

Things often happen for a reason

Master Oogway had the best life lessons for all of us. One was that ‘There are no accidents’.
Whatever happens in life is for a reason. You might not see that reason right away, but in time, you sure will.

If something didn’t go your way, it’s only because something else is in play for you by the universe. 

If something happened that wasn’t expected or you have no idea how to deal with it, just have faith that it is meant for you (just like Po eventually did), and it’ll work out magically in your favor.

Stop worrying about what others think

When Po was chosen as the Dragon Warrior, he was criticized and looked down upon by the Furious Five (who he adored!) as well as by Master Shifu. He ended up feeling unworthy and ordinary.

But once he tapped into his potential, he was better than all of them! So, do not let anyone stop you from attaining your dreams. 

Stop allowing others words affect you. Stop worrying about what they might think because that will never help you grow. You just need to focus on yourself, for yourself.

Your mind is like water

“You mind is like water. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” – Master Oogway.

We often clutter our mind with various things. They can be real problems or problems we just create in our minds. Like a broken record, we keep thinking about all these things, thus driving ourselves crazy. We lose focus and end up feeling drained.

Keep your mind calm at all times, especially when facing a difficult problem. Don’t overthink and create a mess over nothing.

Oogway and Shifu are reflected in the water.

There’s no quick way to success

There is absolutely no easy way or a one-way ticket to success. You have to work your butt off in order to reach that mountain of success.

It took Tigress years to develop strong hands, years of practice. Many people live under the assumption of getting it easy, and that’s where they falter. Even Po had to work hard for weeks and cross obstacles in order to defeat his rivals.

Attitude is everything

Like Po, you need to keep looking at the brighter side of things. Having a positive attitude is what’ll help you attract more positivity into your life.

Remember, only you have the power to turn your life around, become happy, change the world and leave a mark on this planet.

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