British Mathematician Cracks The Bboy Code

So a few days back I was watching a movie I had wanted to catch for a very long time — The Imitation Game.

(Warning: some spoilers ahead. Stop reading now if you want to know the entire plot yourself.)

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Ready?

The Imitation Game is about the British mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who helped to crack the Enigma code used by the Nazis during the Second World War. It is estimated that his contribution to the war cause prevented at least 2 million deaths.

Great, great movie.

And lots to learn from too.

Whilst there are many historical inaccuracies in the movie (for e.g Alan Turing was not the lone genius as portrayed), I’m going to draw lessons from the movie itself.

1) Nobody is a lone wolf

Despite the attempted portrayal of Alan Turing as a genius who could solve any problem on his own, the fact of the matter is (even in the movie), he couldn’t have done a lot of his work without the help and insights of his colleagues.

What does this mean for you?

Stop trying to go at it alone.

Ask for help if you’re stuck at a particular move. Get experienced help.

Heck.

Even if you think you can do everything… still ask for opinions.

Just created a move? Ask your crew mate’s opinion on how it looks. Ask your friend how you can improve the move.

And, it’s more fun with more people.

2) People WILL misunderstand you

Alan is smart — and he can do some genius stuff that people don’t understand. And, the fact that he isn’t a great communicator… makes it worse.

But his work paid off in the end.

“Be practical”. “Stop mixing with bad company.” said your parents who assumed you were entering gangster-ism when you first told them you were a bboy.

Horrified. Maybe even tried to dissuade you.

Or you’re like me. I’m 25, been doing this for 8 years.

Best thing my mum said to me?

Oh, you’re still dancing?

Look, you will be understood.

Misunderstood by your parents, friends, relatives, the society.

Wondering WHEN you will get out of your rebellious phase and get going in life.

That doesn’t mean you should stop.

Yes, if your life is not in order, get it in order. Don’t mess up your life because you wanna be “street”.

But don’t stop just because other people don’t understand.

Your hard work will shine in the future.

Like Alan.

3) Your life is in your hands

When General Denniston refused to fund Turing for his machine that could be developed to break Enigma, Turing took matters into his own hands.

He asked Denniston who his superior was, to which the reply “Winston Churchill.”

So Turing wrote a letter to Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK to get him to approve the funding — to which he did.

Your life is in your hands.

As I’ve said before, you don’t need the acknowledgement of anyone to became a bboy. If you feel ready to join a competition, do it. If you feel ready to perform on stage, do it.

Don’t wait for someone to give you permission.

Control your life and your destiny.

I believe as long as you know your goals — and you work towards it — you’re way ahead of everyone. It doesn’t matter (to me) what your goal is, as long as you’re ready to fight for it. And choose yourself to do it.

There you go.

3 epic lessons.

And if you haven’t watched it yet?

I highly recommend you do.


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