2 Lessons Young Professionals Can Learn from Mary Poppins
Once finishing the afternoon showing of Mary Poppins Returns today, I came away with many lessons (and not to mention a few songs stuck in my head). I soon realized how a few of them greatly apply to us as young professionals. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I highly recommend grabbing your niece and nephew (or a willing adult) and taking a trip to the theater. If not, no bother - you can still learn from the following.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Before starting a job fresh out of school, one can tend to fantasize about what their dream job may look like. We must remember that every company has ups and downs. Looking at only the benefits is similar to judging a book by its cover. How can you know what truly happens inside the company without actually working for said company? You may love the products they produce, or like the fact that they let you bring your dog to the office, but don’t let your research stop after your first thought. No work situation is completely perfect; every place has a downfall. Taking the time to read through the details, and putting practice to work, will ultimately give you a more adequate idea of reality.
“Cover is not the book
So open it up and take a look
'Cause under the cover one discovers
That the king may be a crook
Chapter titles are like signs
And if you read between the lines
You'll find your first impression was mistook
For a cover is nice
But a cover is not the book”
- A Cover is Not the Book, Mary Poppins Returns
Child-like faith can help you soar to new heights.
Not only does Jesus teach us this in the Bible, but Disney teaches us this time and time again. There is truly something to be said for approaching situations with no fear or shame. As young professionals, we tend to get caught up on ‘what is expected’ of us, just like we did in school. What if, instead, we approached challenging situations with the attitude of ‘how much can I help’? Or ‘how much value can I contribute’? I believe there would be a lot more creation happening in workplaces with the child-like mindset of faith and fearlessness.
“Some answer when adventure calls
Can you imagine that?
And sail straight over waterfalls
Can you imagine that?
They see living as its own reward
We rock the boat then
Some people look out on the sea
And see a brand new day
Their spirit lifts them high above the blue”
- Can You Imagine That, Mary Poppins Returns
Painting by Peter Ellenshaw