Moana is my new Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Elon Musk
This past Saturday my wife Kathryn and I finally carried our two boys, Luke (5 next month) and Liam (3 this past June) to a movie theatre. We figured that Disney’s Moana would be a good first film together before carrying them to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (one is named Luke, yes, after Luke Skywalker).
I had heard great things from people I trust but I still did not expect this good of a film or these messages.
I’ve been listening to the soundtrack since and one song in particular feels like an anthem for me and I think many people would identify with it as well.
I grew up on a small island, Jamaica, but pursued my dreams elsewhere while always going back to work or give back in some way and being pushed by some to return home to work or serve. I have long had this draw to entrepreneurship and pursuing specific passions of mine such as startups, technology, film and Japanese anime (my ultimate dream would be to create a full length Japanese anime film and help with the soundtrack).
People tend to think that is crazy.
I grew up admiring Steve Jobs and Richard Branson for being the crazy ones. Elon Musk is added to that list now. The main message I got from the film is that your inside voice knows who you truly are, not your parents, your friends or anyone else and to deny the truth of that voice, to ignore it, is to not follow your heart and what really makes you happy.
Moana’s grandmother, the resident village “crazy lady” has a scene that sets the tone (Context: Moana’s father is the village chief and she is expected to take over):
“You are your father’s daughter, stubbornness and pride. Mind what he says but remember, you may hear a voice inside. And if the voice starts to whisper, to follow the farthest star, Moana that voice inside is who you are”
That is the main message I want my children to grow up with.
The best song for me is How Far I’ll Go and I end this with the video and the lyrics because they are powerful, especially “I’ll be satisfied if I play along But the voice inside sings a different song” because so many of us are just playing along but really do want to dance to a different tune and do something different, choosing not to do so because of what others may think or who it may disappoint. Disney
I’ve been staring at the edge of the water ‘Long as I can remember, never really knowing why I wish I could be the perfect daughter But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track Every path I make, every road leads back To the place I know, where I cannot go Where I long to be
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me And no one knows, how far it goes If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me One day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go
Oh oh oh, oh, oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh Oh oh oh, oh, oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh
I know, everybody on this island seems so happy on this island Everything is by design I know, everybody on this island has a role on this island So maybe I can roll with mine
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong I’ll be satisfied if I play along But the voice inside sings a different song What is wrong with me?
See the light as it shines on the sea? It’s blinding But no one knows, how deep it goes And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me And no one knows, how far it goes If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me One day I’ll know, how far I’ll go