Lessons From Netflix – You Have the Ability to Change Your World

Raising two daughters meant one thing in our house – we watched a LOT of “chick flick” movies. We watched movies such as Hairspray, The Holiday, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Titanic, Legally Blonde, and the list goes on and on. Most were for entertainment, but many movies had a hidden lesson that we talked about. Yes, there are “Lessons Learned” when watching movies!

The New Movie Theatre – Netflix

Now that my daughters have gone to college, my husband and I have forayed into the world of Netflix. So many series and movies to watch!

A friend on Facebook recommended a Turkish show, Kurt Seyit and Sura, which is a historical drama based on a true story.

To spare you the 42 hour-long episodes, the premise of the story is this: an officer of Turkish descent and a wealthy Russian heiress fall in love in the early 1900′s. Seyit, the officer, survives the war, then takes Sura home to meet his family. They hate her because she is not Turkish. Seyit and Sura flee the Russian Revolution and settle in Istanbul. Through their adventures, their love is not enough to keep them together. Ultimately, Seyit and Sura never marry.

We loved this series! Not only were the costumes beautiful and historically appropriate, there were beautiful horses, interesting characters and the acting was spectacular.

What are the Lessons Learned from Seyit and Sura’s Love Story?

Lesson 1: Personal Responsibility
You must take responsibility for your life. We all want to be loved. Yet, ultimately, YOU are responsible for that love. YOU are responsible for getting love and keeping it.

How does this translate to your professional life? YOU are responsible for your career and professional happiness. If you want to progress in your career, invest in yourself! If you are not happy in your career, then take responsibility to make a change in yourself or your work situation.

Lesson 2: Perseverance

You must persevere through the good and the bad. The world will change and people will try to sabotage you.

Yet, YOU must be strong to persevere and NOT allow the world and people to have the power to sabotage you.

How does this translate to your professional life?

The world is changing around us. The jobs of yesterday may or may not be available tomorrow. For example, the retail industry has changed due to social commerce and online shopping. Many brick and mortar stores are closing. What does this mean for the people employed at these stores? What’s next for them?

Will You Adapt in the Changing Economy?

I predict that many of the smart, savvy displaced people will turn social commerce and go into business for themselves – opening their own micro-enterprise using the very channel that pushed them away from a career they may have loved! You have the ability to change with the world! By the way, if you are interested in building your very own micro-enterprise, contact me and I can tell you how YOU can do this without moving or going back to school!


Unlike Seyit and Sura, my husband and I have been married for almost 28 years. There is no secret to relationship success other than personal responsibility and perseverance.

The same is true for our professional lives; there is so secret to success other than being responsible for your success and persevere when others have quit.

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