Friday, October 10, 2008

Forbidden Kingdom

For your first installment of Hollywood Security (may contain spoilers):

On the way back from Copenhagen last month I had a chance to watch a couple of movies on the plane. Forbidden Kingdom stars Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Michael Angarano in a funny karate flick.

The Scenario
Michael Angarano stars a kung-fu movie buff who goes back in time. He ends up having to learn kung-fu for sheer survival. The kid is a know-it-all just because he's seen so many movies. At one point Chan's character pours water non-stop into Angarano's cup until it is overflowing. Even though the cup is overflowing Chan still keeps pouring, pouring, pouring, until the kid asks what is going on.

The Lesson
Chan tells the kid that he can't learn anything because his cup is already full. The lesson is simple because I know many Security professionals may fall into the "I think I know it all" trap. We need to all leave room in our cups for learning tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. This is a reference to the story "A Cup of Tea" from a compilation of short stories entitled Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. If you like this lesson or the story behind it you may want to find yourself a copy. I myself have read it many times and have given it to friends/family as a gift.