To All Business People, Great and Small – Happy Christmas -It is a Wonderful Life!

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This weekend just gone I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the 1946 critically acclaimed Christmas fantasy comedy-drama, staring Donna Reed and James Stewart. It has featured on a number of “greatest movie of all time” lists. Despite the comic aspects of the movie, and a few clichés regarding the rich bad guy (Henry F Potter), some of the dramatic aspects are exceptionally moving. For an era when much movie acting was of a pretty poor standard, James Stewart’s acting was highly convincing and consistently believable throughout.

But the piece that really struck home for me, was when he thought his business had folded due to his uncle’s absent minded loss of $8000 (equivalent of $100 000 today). The stress and despair on his face, particularly when he looked at his children, thinking that he had let them down, was very palpable and real to anyone who has run a business. Most business people have sometimes “sailed close to the wind” between success and failure. And, let’s face it, if you are a business leader and have never found yourself in this place to some degree (hopefully not to the extreme of our hero) you have either been very lucky, or perhaps too cautious!

If you have seen the movie, you will know that he states that he wishes he had never been born, and an angel from heaven shows him the implications of this, which are quite extensive, as the number of people he has influenced positively through his life are numerous.

If you are in business, particularly in the medical or technology sectors, you have the ability to positively influence a huge number of people throughout your working life. Not just those that benefit form life changing technology that you might develop, market or sell, but also work colleagues, friends and relatives that you offer sage advice, friendship and love.

A very Happy Christmas to you all

Nigel Job and the team at Remtec

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.[3] The film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season

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