A Lesson From Jaws on Determination

A Lesson From Jaws


“Jaws’ is perhaps the best movie coming out of the baby boomer generation (ok, maybe it’s tied with the Godfather). Regardless, we can all learn quite a bit from the bigger than life star, especially when it comes to Determination.

 Success in sales, and life in general, requires Determination – plain and simple. And “Jaws” (aka Bruce for all you “Jaws” aficionados. The crew of “Jaws” referred to the mechanical shark as Bruce – named after Spielberg’s attorney) is the epitome of determination.  Shoot him with three barrels – no problem! Close the beaches – no problem! Getting chased down by legendary shark hunter Quint – no problem! Jaws was undeterred and laser-focused about accomplishing his personal quest.  (Click link below to see how tough he had it).

How about you? How Determined are you at overcoming a specific challenge or reaching your full potential? To achieve your personal best and reach unparalleled heights, you must have a positive attitude, step out of your comfort zone, and can’t fear failure.


To help you adopt a more Determined mindset, Follow the Blue Tipslisted below to breakthrough your fear, rejection, and whatever your ‘three barrels’ happen to be that are getting in your way and slowing you down.

400-05907594 BLUE TIPS for Determination:

  • How important is a positive attitude for your success? 50%? 80%? 100%? I go with 100% – attitude is the driving engine and foundation for every endeavor you embark upon.   With that being said, how many lessons or courses have you taken on attitude? Interesting….

  • From now on, study attitude every day. Remember, success is due to 80% psychological and only 20% mechanics/skills (for surgeons or airline pilots, those numbers are reversed!).

  • Read or listen to these classic resources to help you focus on your positive attitude everyday:

    • Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

    • Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude by Jeffrey Gitomer

    • Anything by Jim Rohn or Tony Robbins

  • Step out of your comfort zone. When was the last time you failed at something? If you have to think long and hard, then it’s been awhile since you left your safe, warm & cozy comfort zone. As Jim Rohn once said, “to have more, you have to become more, and for things to change, you have to change”.

  • Ideas are worthless unless you act on them.

  • Select one goal and hyper focus on it for the next 90 days. List three things you are going to do that will clearly take you outside of your comfort zone.

  • Failure is life’s greatest teacher. Unfortunately, most people do not want to go there. Instead, they play it safe, repeating the same safe choices over and over again.

  • Many of us remember the famous quote “Failure in not an option” that NASA flight controller Jerry C. Bostick reportedly stated during the mission to bring the damaged Apollo 13 back to earth. We need to change that quote to “failure is a necessity for success”.   Failure is considered a necessary byproduct of success, and something to learn from and embrace.

  • Fail better. When you fail:

    • Learn from your experience, and celebrate the lesson as a growth experience.

    • Focus on the prize. Keep your eyes on your big, audacious goal. Visualize achieving it and what it will mean for you once you accomplish it.

    • Don’t overthink your mistake. Move forward applying what you learned onto your new adventure. That’s why your rearview mirror is much smaller than your windshield – most of your time should be spent looking forward, not what’s behind you!

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