Even though it is the least loved of the three films in the Godfather Trilogy, I still enjoy The Godfather Part III quite a bit.

Godfather III is not as popular as The Godfather I and II, but it has some good scenes and nuggets.

Whenever Don Michael Corleone goes to a clergyman to make up for his wrongdoing, one of my favourite parts is when the pastor [Cardinal Lamberto] says:

Look at this stone. It has been lying in the water for a very long time. But the water has not penetrated it. Look [cracks open the stone]… Perfectly dry. The same thing has happened to men in Europe. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity, but Christ has not penetrated. Christ doesn’t live within them.

It is amazing that even when you present solutions, like a stone in water, some people remain unmoved.

When you engage in conversations with entrepreneurs and try to inspire them, some of them will only see negativity.

Negative people somehow manage to find a problem with every solution you present:

“Well it won’t work here because…..”

“Those people don’t like us, so I doubt it will happen….”

“We don’t have tractors, so even if we find the land, we won’t be able to work it….”

“I can’t go university because the cow that was meant to be sold to pay for my fees died….”

Some people, despite your best efforts to help them see other options, will not budge from their resistance.

As Cardinal Lamberto says, people are surrounded by Christianity, but just like stones in the water, they remain dry.

If you give them the opportunity, positive people and places that surround you can have a significant impact on the way you think.

Advice is judged by result not by intention.

Unlike a stone that remains dry even though it’s always surrounded by water, when we let God touch us, we change into caring people. Our hearts get warmer, we care, and we focus on doing work that matters.

Maintaining a teachable attitude is essential to personal development.

PS: I think The Godfather III is good but misunderstood 🙂

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