UnbrokenSeems like everybody I talk to has read the book or seen the movie, Unbroken. If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat—and a relationship lesson. If you have, pause now and think about the relationship lessons presented in the context of that great, true story.

Both the book and movie are a powerful encapsulation of the human spirit, of our instinctive drive to succeed and survive in the face of insurmountable odds and sheer evil. The story also personally reminded me that most of us have little to complain about in the big scheme of things, and relationships are the most significant asset we have!

I’m not going to spoil the book or the movie for you, but here are some relationship lessons I took away from the experience:

  • Relationships can help us to believe in ourselves, even at times when we lack that belief;
  • Relationships can help us train, focus, and push ourselves beyond our own preconceived notions of what we can and can’t do;
  • The right relationships help us become better at our jobs, particularly if the role requires collaboration for a stronger end result, performance or execution;
  • Candid and supportive relationships can help us overcome great adversities;
  • Mentor relationships can help us solidify our real characters, for better or worse–incredibly positive and uplifting, as well as destructive;
  • Positive relationships give us hope and motivate us to strive for a better day tomorrow;
  • Relationships with peers can help share the burden, carry the load, and lift us up;
  • Relationship memories can elevate us as we forgive!

I hope you’ll make time to remember the relationships most important in your life, those whom you may have neglected this past year, and those you will intentionally choose to focus on and invest in the New Year!

Nour Takeaways

  1. Stories have the power to make us consciously aware of truths we unconsciously know, but may forget to acknowledge—like the importance of our relationships.
  1. Louis Zamperini’s survival against long odds cuts most workplace survival epics down to a size we can be grateful for.
  1. We tap into extraordinary power when we believe in ourselves, let go of feelings of bitterness or envy, and strive to elevate our character.


David Nour is an enterprise growth strategist and the thought leader on Relationship Economics® —the quantifiable value of business relationships. In a global economy that is becoming increasingly disconnected, The Nour Group, Inc. has attracted consulting engagements from over 100 marquee organizations in driving unprecedented growth through unique return on their strategic relationships. Nour has pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off balance sheet asset any organizations possesses, large and small, public and private. He is the author of several books including the best selling Relationship Economics— Revised (Wiley), ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact—Leadership Strategies for the age of Connected Relationships (ASAE). Learn more at www.NourGroup.com.

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