#BlogElul via the Movies 11 – Ridiculously Good-Looking and Plucky

“When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change”

The Brady Bunch has it right. Change comes inevitably. And without our help, it may come really slowly or not in the way we want.

Take Moneyball. Billy Beane tries to remake how a Major League Baseball team goes about evaluating players. He is openly thwarted at every turn. According to the movie, if you are ridiculously good-looking (Brad Pitt) and hire a plucky, stat geek (Jonah Hill), it’ll all come out okay.

By the way, the Oakland Athletics never did win the World Series under his regime. They did go to the playoffs a few times, but haven’t since 2006 or even finished above .500. But they are doing well this year, and Beane did change how all clubs evaluate talent so he has a true legacy even if it isn’t actually winning.

Change is a common element of the movies and can inspire us. But there are some things you seem to need.

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