Leadership Movies: Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is a part of Leadership Movies, a series of films with leadership themes. Learn about how you can become a better leader by watching leadership in action.


What is the Movie About?

Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.

It is a beautiful story about this young waitress Maggie who aspires to become a professional boxer one day. She starts off asking the coach Dunn to be her boss but he refuses because ‘he doesn’t train girls’.

However, Maggie wins over the coach one day with her persistence and she eventually becomes a superb boxer, fighting all the way to the top.

Leadership Takeaways

1.Desperation can lead to success
Maggie had nothing to lose because her life is already messed up. When she went to find her coach, one could tell that she was extremely one-minded and focused about what she wanted to achieve.

The more we think we have to lose, the less likely we are willing to give it all up for the ‘dream’,

2. Age is not a handicap.
Maggie beat opponents much younger, faster and stronger than her. This illustrate that often success in the boxing ring is not just about talent; but also about who wants to win more desperately.

Sometimes we think that we’re either too old or too young to pursue something we’re passionate about, but that isn’t true. Many people in history have shown us otherwise.

Best Movie Quotes

“If there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.” – Eddie Dupris

“Anybody can lose one fight, anybody can lose once, you’ll come back from this you’ll be champion of the world.” – Eddie Dupris

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Other Leadership Movies

You can find out more about other leadership movies from the list below.

  1. The Pursuit of Happy-ness
  2. Braveheart
  3. Kingdom of Heaven
  4. The Thin Red Line
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. The Star Wars Trilogy
  8. The Million Dollar Baby
  9. Twelve Angry Men
  10. The Last Samurai
  11. Coach Carter
  12. Ip Man
  13. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  14. 300
  15. Lion King
  16. Facing the Giants
  17. The Blind Side
  18. Remember the Titans

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