10 Lessons from “The Godfather”

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I just finished watching the godfather movies (again) and I can’t help but be moved by the lessons shared. It is such a powerful story and a powerful message.
The Godfather
I don’t think anyone can watch those movies without being effected. Though I think everyone finds different messages.

These are the 10 that stood out for me.
I would love to see you add to it with your thoughts.

1. Doing everything and anything to protect your family is good, but don’t lose sight of what is important. Nothing can replace love and affection.

2. Lying, even for the right reasons is wrong.

3. Betraying yourself is the biggest sin, it eats you up.

4. Fear is an effective motivator, love is better.

5. If loyalty only is skin deep, it isn’t loyalty at all.

6. Family is the most important thing – The Corleone Family did get this point right.

7. Communication is required – It would have saved Michael all his grief. Fredo wouldn’t have betrayed him, Kay wouldn’t have left him and everyone wouldn’t have feared him.

8. Violence only breads violence.

9. A man with a vision can do anything.

10. Accomplishing everything means nothing if you have no one to share it with.

These 10 lessons got me thinking and has helped me calm down, refocus and find what is important in my life, my family, my friends, my health and our happiness.
Take some time to think about what is most important to you and give it some extra effort.

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23 Responses to 10 Lessons from “The Godfather”

  1. Nice thoughts Daniel. Business is about relationships. Life is about relationships. Relationships are relationships. The same things make them work in business as in life. The excuse its all about profits is often just a passover for incompetence in this area.


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Michael,

      Great point my friend. Building relationships and loyalty is awfully important.
      What do you think is the best way to create loyalty in your employees?

  2. Great points D’. Awesome movie, tremendous lessons to be learned. Especially ‘a man with a vision can do anything’.

    Thanks for the read my friend.


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Marcus.
      Thanks for stopping by. Having a goal, a vision, lets us do things we would otherwise never be able to accomplish.

      I know you are great at setting goals, may I ask what is your greatest experience with setting a “impossible goal” and then completing it?

  3. Vickie says:

    Interesting points from a movie. I especially like the “If loyalty is only skin deep it isn’t loyalty.” Thanx for share such a cool insight


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Vickie.
      Thanks for leaving your comment :)

      Have you noticed this lesson in your own life? What do you think is the best way to build loyalty with your followers?

  4. I haven’t seen that movie for quite a few years, but i don’t think you missed anything when it comes to the lessons to learn from it. It is really amazing what we can learn from good movies. Number 8 “Violence only breads violence.” And I would like to add “Love only breads more Love”
    Thanks Daniel for another good article.
    Have a wondeerful evening,

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Debbie,
      Great twist to the tip. “Love only breads love” is so correct. Just look at amazing people like Ghandi, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela. They brought this lesson into the light.

  5. Hi Daniel,
    Thank you for this. There are some great lessons for us here about life and relationships.

    I think that number 10 is the stand out one for as it encapsulates everything and highlights that we are, in the end and in the beginning, social beings and using this as a guide for how we achieve and get things done will make the journey much more meaningful.

    Thanks for the reminder,


  6. Hi Daniel,
    What a great idea! I would never have thought the Godfather movies had any lessons to share, but you’ve proven me wrong.

    This lesson is key for me. So many people think they can pretend and no one will notice.
    5. If loyalty only is skin deep, it isn’t loyalty at all.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Cheryl,
      Last time I saw the movies I felt the same way. It was just watching the last few seconds of the godfather 3 that it hit me.

      What are your experiences with loyalty? Have you had those problems yourself?

  7. Kunal Adur says:

    Nice and very precise insights into the movie and also human understanding .

    Appreciate your thoughts Mr. Daniel, Thanks !!


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