Business Lessons Learnt from Monkey King Movie (Part 2 of 2)

In case you missed Part #1 of Business Lessons learnt form Monkey King Movie, you can read it here  … https://foundermethod.com/business-lessons-learnt-from-monkey-king-movie/

A brief video for you just in case you are too busy to read my post 😀

 

Sun Wu Kong’s Golden Stick was “taken” from the Palace of the Dragon Sea King. The King was very unhappy that Sun Wu Kong’s attitude was so arrogant and disrespectful … He then lodge a complain to the Jade Emperor

 

Business lesson #3: Building Up Own Capability

“Sun Wu Kong”was chased away by his teacher … There’s a scene when he went back to his cave, his monkey communities where crying to him that other tribes are bullying them and they are very happy of his return … Sun Wu Kong never expected that other tribes will come to invade his nice little cave … So, his start to realise that besides acquiring own strength, he also need to attack others first to strengthen his kingdom … He starts to gather a lot a lot of weapons and build up his army of Monkey.

The interesting scene in the movie is where the Monkey King went to the ocean to find the Sea Dragon Palace because there were other senior monkey that said that the Sea Dragon King has the most weapons … Sun Wu Kong then choose to make the famous Golden Stick as his main and only weapon to carry along … The interesting part is when Sun Wu Kong first saw this weapon, it was not a stick, it was a very very long and thick pillar … Sun Wu Kong then thought to himself, “I really like this pillar but it can’t be a weapon, only if it were smaller … ” the funny thing happen, the pillar reacted according to Sun Wu Kong’s wishes and customized it’s size according to Sun Wu Kong’s wishes …

Up until now, the development of image of Sun Wu Kong is now 100% completed with this golden stick … have you ever taught why a simple stick ? why the author don’t give him a sword or an arrow when he design the image of Sun Wu Kong ? hmmm … well, Sun Wu Kong is a monkey and a monkey is a very primitive animal , so, if the image of Sun Wu Kong is holding an arrow, that’ll be too complicated and out of sync with his nature … A Simple Golden Stick is the most perfect and complete branding for the Monkey King …

Summary of Business Lesson #3: From a monkey that was carefree, to a monkey that starts to learn new skills and self development to a monkey that now understand the importance of attacking his neighbours before they strike … You’ll notice that this transformation of his mentality is pretty similar to us as a person … before we meet any competition, we happily just do our job .. but when competitors start to come in, we’ll start to think of ways to out-beat our competitors … and after we overcome our competitors, we tend to be more confident & arrogant … things that we start to do or say will be rash and we start to offend other people … it’s a very normal natural process of human being … but learning from this movie scene taught me that we should always remind ourselves to stay “humble” despite knowing that we are No. 1 or is already very strong …  Another summary that I would like to share from this business lesson is The branding part is also something that we could learn. I’ve met some entrepreneurs that wears red in all functions and event because their company logo is red colour … some famous fashion designer always appear in big round dark sunglasses even when he is in a completely dark room (oh so very weird but well,  that is also a kind of branding for that fashion designer) … We can use simple external factors to boost our branding for example using colour or other simple material to complete our branding, Even the Monkey King needs branding and his image is completed with the famous Golden Stick …

Business lesson #4: The Price to Pay for Destroying the Jade Emperor Palace

Sun Wu Kong was given a position by the Jade Emperor and the “Horse Guardian” … Not because the Emperor look up to his ability, it’s because he wants to keep Sun Wu Kong from making trouble … After Sun Wu Kong found out about it, he felt very upset and exploded by making more trouble

The movie’s main agenda is to highlight how Sun Wu Kong made a mess out of the Jade Palace … What lead him to throwing such a huge tantrum ? Well, let’s go a step back to the Dragon Sea King … Sun Wu Kong went to his palace and took away any of his weapons that he likes, that is very disrespectful to the Dragon Sea King … so, the King went to lodge a complain to the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor then assign a position  “Horse Guardian” in the sky to Sun Wu Kong in hope that it will keep him away from being naughty and disturbing other people on earth …  Sun Wu Kong have never experience a proper “job” and took this job very seriously and proud … However, this job is not an official job, with no career advancement prospects and after Sun Wu Kong found out … he was very upset and left the Jade Emperor Palace.

He was then captured back to the Jade Emperor Palace for the secod time and this time, he was upgraded and assigned a new title “齐天大圣“ – goddess of the parallel skies … And this time, they did not assign him to watch horses, they assigned him to watch over peach garden … It was simply a mistake, just like Human Resource Department in some company misplaced talents to the wrong department … As a monkey, he can not resist the temptation of the peach and start to steal and eat them … He felt humiliated when he found out that there was a annual peach convention  but he was not in the invitation list (he was the Peach Guardian at that time)… He was so upset that he ate all the peaches , leaving no peaches for the annual peach convention …

He then went ahead to start making more mess … He went to a place where they were cultivating a very rare pill … who ever that eats the pill will be unbeatable  … This special pill is being cultivated in a huge fire oven with “ba gua” elements …

fire pot

a huge fire oven with “ba gua” elements …

So, in the movie, there’s a scene where he fought with another guardian of the Jade Emperor (the one with a third eyes on his forehead), the Monkey King took a 1 second look at the huge fire pot and jump into it … Everyone thought he will be burn to death but he did not … The real reason is because the Monkey King is knowledgeable in “Ba Gua”, before he took the jump into the fire, he had identified that there’s a 巽 or wind location in the ba gua … He landed himself into the Wind Location to avoid being burnt by the fire and because it is Wind Location, he is not burnt but his eys suffered from the horrible smoke … this horrible smoke then trained his eyes to be fire eyes golden eye 火眼金睛 … His eyes is like a laser beam after that… very sharp and able to detect any micro movements around him …

 

fire oven 1

Summary of Business Lesson #4: Know where to do your Positioning is super important … The monkey king jumped into the pot of fire with Ba Gua elements knowing that he will not be burnt to death if he landed on the “Wind” position … A lot of times, some ideas look crazy to the world but as an entrepreneur, you know your strength and weakness more than anyone else in the world … you’ll have a gut feeling and you will somehow know where is your positioning … 

Another lesson learnt is When there’s threat, there’s opportunity … The Monkey King cleverly persevered every challenge and take it as the opportunity to upgrade his skills … However, with the upgrade of his skills, it made the Monkey King more arrogant and he wants to take over the position of the Jade Emperor … There’s a huge price to pay for absolute freedom, the chairman of the sky “Ru Lai” then appear punished him under a huge mountain for the next 500 years …

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