Emmanual Lopez considers himself a “motivational superhero” known as Motivatorman – and movies are his fuel, his medium and his inspiration.
He doesn’t need Academy Awards AKA the Oscars to show him the power and winning presence of movies. Years ago, Lopez watched The Pursuit of Happyness to get out of his ”low energy funk.” Now he works as a writer and motivational speaker, weaving movies’ lessons into messages of inspiration and encouragement.
His movie motivation blog is a great stop if you’re browsing for a flick with a pick-me-up or cultivate confidence tone. His blogs lists some 800 movies that motivate, re-energize and spur on success. And his book, Movies that Motivate, is another resource to “stay stronger.”
One of his clients called him a “gentle genius” who helps us find heroes, love and ourselves. I see that in him as well and am glad to collaborate with him regularly. Lopez kindly shared some movies that inspire people, including himself, in career and work:
Oz the Great & Powerful
Lopez found many lessons in Oz the Great & Powerful that continued to inspire his career goals of helping empower people through movies. The key ones: Believe in your gifts to help change the world. The film reminded him how deeply encouraging it is to be believed in when you lack the energy to believe in yourself. Gilda the Good Witch, played by Michelle Williams, believed strongly in Oscar (Oz) Diggs, a small-time magician played by James Franco, and his innate talents and skills. That support empowered him to overcome doubt, tap into his inner strengths and help thousands of people in times of trouble.
This movie helps with identifying purpose in life and persevering with a dream. This animated feature surprised him, with its themes of The Matrix movie but for all ages. Its idea focuses on wanting to be and do more with your life and work despite the programming (or positions) received all your life. Wreck-it Ralph, with the voice of John C. Reilly, is a video game villain who dreams of serving as the hero for a change. Another video game character named Vanellope, Sarah Silverman, longs to become a champion kart-racer. Her story was so inspiring that she reminded Lopez to see his passion for movies as truly part of his life purpose and destiny.
Ender’s Game is not a kid’s movie; it is very adult one that happens to have kids as the heroes. From the very first scene Lopez was inspired by young cadet Andrew “Ender” Wiggin,played by Asa Butterfield, and his highly strategic mindset. Be amazed by scene after scene of confident decisions to achieve objectives as well as managing difficult individuals. Throughout the film Lopez said he received lessons on improving leadership skills, people skills and how to achieve goals with his values intact.
Seeing Unconditional, Lopez said, became a very personal and emotional experience because it mirrored so much of his life. A children’s book writer and illustrator named Samantha, played by Lynn Collins, suffers a traumatic loss and loses her direction. She also created a great children’s story was not released. The lessons Lopez or anyone can draw from this film: It is never too late to complete a dream and someone always will help when you feel lost in life or work.
Lopez also recommended Real Steel, a movie that gives insights in “finding the sizzle” to promote yourself. He noted that it’s “just so much sci fi fun!” And his longer list includes Rise of the Guardians for people seeking their purpose in life.
He would have suggested others but some I am saving for my list of career motivating movie in a few weeks. If you cannot wait, check some previous picks including Erin Brockovich. Then, cue the DVD and share your favorites here, please!