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7 Classic '80s Movie Quotes to Jumpstart Your Wednesday

Make Wednesday your rev-it-up day--and not the wind-down to your week.
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It's Wednesday. For some of us, that means launching ourselves out of bed--as we always do&amp--with the energy of an over-caffeinated Chihuahua. For others, it's hoping that we enter some magical time warp that delivers us to the conclusion of a long, tough week. For many, the feeling about a Wednesday is somewhere in between--we're hoping for a swift and positive run to Friday night but we're skeptical that it's gonna happen.

What an Eeyore-ish outlook.

Though such an attitude doesn't guarantee an unendurable few days, it certainly closes us off to the possibility and promise that also exists. And without question, a dour perspective certainly ups the odds that we'll get what we expect (hint: not very much).

Here are seven mood-boosting quotes from classic '80s films to help accelerate your day:

Your weapons--you will not need them.  --YodaStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Lightsabers. Blasters. A bowcaster. Yeah, you're not bringing anything like that to work--but you could come armed with defensiveness, irritation, and pettiness. Let all the negative stuff go this week. Colleague annoys you with the endless striving to get ahead? Boss seems snappy? Don't assume bad intent. It probably has nothing to do with you--but your response could change those terrible moods for the better. So meet crankiness with kindness and--as a bonus--watch your own day automatically improve.

Ray, if someone asks if you are a god, you say, "YES!"  --Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters

It's true--the odds that an evil being from an alternate dimension will pose this question to you are nonexistent. But we often get opportunities to prove that we're more than we appear to be. Managers will ask, "Who can take on this stretch assignment?" A senior leader might approach you and acknowledge that although a particular job or crisis might not be what you've dealt with before, they see the potential for excellence within you. A colleague might turn to you, not to someone else, for help. Who knows what doors these simple requests may open? So believe in your ability to do more, give more and be more than you are today--and say, "Yes."

Goonies never say die!  --Mikey, The Goonies

Who doesn't love a ragtag gang of motley kids on an absurd quest? In some ways, teams are similar. They may be imperfect. Their weaknesses can threaten to overwhelm their strengths, at least in the beginning, before the dynamic has really gelled. Forces beyond their control can threaten to tear them apart. But in the end, it's pulling together, shoring each other up, and refusing to quit that brings achievement.

When you don't have anything, you don't have anything to lose.  --Samantha, Sixteen Candles

That sounds like a surprisingly negative sentiment for a post that's working hard to provide some mid-week inspiration. But in fact, I think it's a pretty interesting way to approach your work. If you weren't held back--by fear or fatigue or disinterest or other distractions--how would you tackle that project, that strategy, even your career? What could you live with? What would be a no-go? It's a way to help clarify what's important to you and to really think about the consequences.

You may not like who's flying with you, but whose side are you on?  --Iceman, Top Gun

It's unrealistic to expect that you'll like everyone you work with--or that everyone will like you. People clash for all kinds of reasons, both legitimate ("She stonewalls me for no reason.") and not ("He has terrible taste in music."). But you belong to a company or organization. That mission is bigger than the individual or the team. It's the unifying force behind all of you--and it's what you should remember as you figure out the best way to work together.

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.  --Johnny, Dirty Dancing

Do you feel relegated to the sidelines? Typecast in a certain role? In our careers, more often than not, there is no Patrick Swayze to call you out to center stage (though if you're lucky, you'll have mentors and leaders who believe in you). But first, you have to show that--like Baby--you have the moves. Then, volunteer yourself for the work that brings you out of the shadows, and kill it. Do it better than everyone else and, eventually, you'll earn your place in the sun.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.  --Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I always hope quotes like these are self-explanatory but given the amount of ink--virtual and otherwise--devoted to balance, I suspect it's worth repeating. Work is important--it pays the bills, secures our financial future, challenges us, and gives us a well-earned sense of accomplishment. Sometimes it comes first. But other things are important too: your physical and mental health, watching your kid play soccer, reminding your spouse why you adore him or her, or simply enjoying the smell of the air as you take an aimless walk around your neighborhood. Life's simple pleasures are abundant; put down the smartphone and appreciate them.

What '80s quotes should we add to this list?

Last updated: Jul 30, 2014

MICHAEL FERTIK | Columnist

Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com with the belief that businesses and individuals have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. Credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM), Fertik is lauded as the world's leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.

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