Captain Jack Sparrow is just one of those lovable villains from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise that we can't get enough of. In fact, he will be inviting us to watch again in the fifth installment in 2017. If you don't know who Sparrow is, maybe you should walk the plank! We're just kidding, of course. But Sparrow is a staple in pop culture since his first appearance in the film the"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" in 2003. Then he appeared in the sequels "Dead Man’s Chest," "At World’s End" and "On Stranger Tides." We know him for his wit, humor, sarcasm, selfishness and ambition. Yet, there are also gems he has about life even if he's filled to the rim with rum. Here are the reasons we just love the idiosyncratic Captain Jack Sparrow.
He said there is more to life than riches.
Most people imagine their lives would be better by being wealthy. This is not the case. Sadly, money cannot buy a cure for everything. Many wealthy people deal with depression, anger and fear. They have so much money but there is little happiness. There are numerous people who have struggled in life spite having servants, homes and success. Look at Princess Diana, who sadly dealt with depression. She had boundless wealth and power--this didn't help her fill the vacuum in her life. Sparrow knew that even after gaining jewels and other riches, there was more out there. "Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate," he said in "The Curse of the Black Pearl."
He lives for the moment.
Despite being a pirate, Sparrow knew the consequence of living in the moment. “If you were waiting for the opportune moment. That was it.” Living life to the fullest is an everyday occurrence from taking risks or listening to your intuition about a given situation. We let fear drive us into the dark and we could be missing out on a good opportunity. Focus on your strengths. Stop obsessing on what you can’t do or what you are afraid to do. Make a list of your strengths and ask others for help. Carry this reminder with you when there is an attack of fear or insecurity. Take Sparrow's advice and stop waiting for things to happen, make them happen.
He encourages us to become sociable.
Captain Jack Sparrow is more than the person who is great with the ladies, but he is a highly social being. Be bold! Suck it up and introduce yourself to the new person at the office or a new neighbor. Do you think Sparrow gave a darn about this stopping him? Oh, no! He would steal someone's rum and still shake hands with them. Usually, there’s a fear of rejection at the root and we say to ourselves “Let them come over first.” It will be hard at first, but this will become easier as you put it into practice. If they don’t become a buddy, at least you’re working on your social talents. When you meet someone new try to find common interests instead of obsessing about how different you are. However, there is the flip side to this. The captain also wanted to be loved too much. He would ask his men when he returned from an outing: "Did you miss me?" Work to find a balance between being sociable and finding acceptance.
He reminded us to change our attitudes.
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?" Sparrow said. Transforming your attitude involves in the way you live. Your thoughts will dictate your emotions and your attitude will also become influenced. Our feelings are up and are down on any given day. If we are feeling bad about ourselves we might feel worse if our thoughts are tanking. In life, it is vital that we understand the power of our attitudes. Choose the path of truth today--speak life into your life and power over the given situation. Try to reframe your challenges, accept change and being denied sometimes. Have you ever thought that your attitude was the root of your troubles?
He showed us to set our destination.
Sparrow said: “Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is…what the Black Pearl really is...is freedom.” Sparrow took chances and did not allow enemies or the stormy sea to stop him. As we tap into our inner strength we can rise above challenges, then we can set our course. Once you start practicing these habits, it can be a life changer.
He taught us to negotiate.
Our villain knows how to get people to meet in the middle, even with as knife at his own throat! He believed: “Why fight when you can negotiate?" The first thing people do is go on the attacks rather than going to the negotiation table. You don't need to be a pirate to do this. This is a great way to meet in the middle, even with your opponents. How many times do we focus on what we can get from a negotiation and the other party is not considered? When negotiators have the mindset of making it not a win-win situation, change can take place. If things go South which they do, back off. “Did everyone see that? Because I will not be doing it again,” Sparrow yelled.
Captain Jack Sparrow is more than a rebel, he also has life lessons that can work for most of us. We can apply these gems to our everyday life as a reminder that even pirates have their wits about them. It's no wonder that we are so enamored with Captain Jack Sparrow.