Friday, April 11, 2008

Can I Buy You a Drink?

The scene from A Beautiful Mind that sticks out the most to me was when John completely blew an opportunity to "get to know" a beautiful girl. At the surface, this attempt appears to be nothing more than another case of guy not knowing how to interact with women. However, his lack of social skills actually serve to benefit him when he is entranced by the blond and her friends in a later scene, ultimately helping his game theory.

Failure, in many cases, is more rewarding than success. Looking back, I know I've learned a great deal from the numerous mistakes I've made...which has only made me become a better person. Failure can depress some and motivate others to achieve greater things. It really all depends on how you handle it.

To me, this particular failure in ABM led to great success, although this surely wasn't the defining moment in Nash's brilliant plan. Failures occur everyday, to everyone, regardless of who you are. Your next failure, though, might just lead to you to greatness.



6 comments:

Crista said...

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

Blackout said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought that scene was hilarious. It's almost impossible to believe that someone could crash and burn that badly. It's even more amazing how he managed to put that failure to good use.

Cheney said...

I hope I'm not the only one who is wondering the the girl didn't concede and just say "yeah well we are both looking to hook up tonight (or maybe even in the near future) but at least I could get to know a little bit about you." I have a hard time imagining she was looking for something wholly different from Nash, however he lacked the finesse. That was probably one of the few times in her life that a guy she'd just met was going to be completely frank and honest with her.

Haseeb A. said...

Mahatma Gandhi had a failed relationship with his son but he had a successful relationship with the world. This shows that failure can accompany success.

Jay said...

Yeah failures are usually part of some type of learning process meant to eventually achieve some goal. That's the idea anyway, otherwise you probably wouldn't have attempted whatever it was in the first place.

christo said...

yeah i still wonder why "let's just get straight to the sex" didn't work for Johnny..... i use that line all the time and it seems to work okay....