Mamma Mia

“Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again
My my, just how much I’ve missed you?”

Here we go again! 10 years after the first Mamma Mia film was released in 2008, they released a sequel this week. I was invited to see the movie and I will be honest: I did not have high expectations, I thought the first one was an ok movie. But ……….. this one ROCKED!! Way better than the first one and such an amazing feel good movie. If you like ABBA, romance, adventure, mother daughter films and Cher, then you are at the right place.

Don’t you just love Cher? Remember when she said this?

“Mother told me a couple of years ago, ‘Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.'”

She really said it, hahahahaha! Look at the video here.

Ok back to the movie. I love how it is about motherhood and the relationships mother and daughters have. Our mothers are our first role models. Especially for women they play a pivotal role. In fact I know that working women are great role models for their daughters.

I read this: “In 2015, Harvard Business School released a working paper that helped many professional women, intellectually at least, see that there is a silver lining; that in fact, it benefits our children (especially our daughters) if we have a career. Researchers found that, on average, the daughters of working mothers were paid 4% more than their peers and they were more likely to be promoted into senior positions. One in three daughters of working mothers were in manager positions, compared with only one in four from non-working mothers.”

So drop the guilt and just have the career you want. In fact I didn’t need Harvard to tell me that I just followed my own amazing mom who taught me this amazing personal branding lessons.

Be confident about who you are.
My mom always used to say: love yourself, because if you don’t, who will? And by doing this, she always was perceived as a confidence woman. But guess what always gave her confidence. When she used to go out she wasn’t insecure about how she looked, in fact we nick-named her Alexis Colby (from Dynasty), because she always used to dress like she owned the place hahahaha. Love her. Yes, confidence makes people believe in you, because they know you got it handled because you believe in yourself. It is the same in the Mamma Mia film, Meryl Streep character is a single mom who was not afraid to live by herself on a Greek island.

You need to be confident to do that. And that leads to my next lesson which I learned from Meryl Streep (another great mother to 3 daughters).

Surround yourself with the right people.
When director Stephen Frears approached Streep about starring in Florence Foster Jenkins, she knew it would be a “yes” before even reading the script. “I said yes because Stephen said he had a project. And I’ve wanted to work with him forever,” she remembers. “So he said, ‘I’ve got a film for you.’ And I said, ‘OK, yes.'”

But I really LOVE this lesson from her:

“What makes you different and weird, that’s your strength.”

Anyway, Mamma Mia is a lovely film for music lovers and weird people like me. Go and see it. I don’t have stocks in the film, so this is just me, a weird musical loving woman, talking.



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