American Hustle: Your 1 major takeaway from the 10-Oscar-nominee.

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I have no desire to see American Hustle ever again.


Not that it isn’t a good movie.

It’s a great movie.


Great films make you feel.

And let me tell you… this movie makes you feel a lot.


The emotional range was exhausting.

It stressed me out.



American Hustle had a recurring line that you can apply to anything in your life right now – from the big presentation you’re delivering at the end of the week to the Spring Break trip you’re planning for your family.


“From the feet up, baby.”


This mantra is repeated throughout the film by the characters portrayed by Christian Bale and Amy Adams.  


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The line signifies the importance of thoughtful preparation.

Looking the part, acting the part.








“From the feet up, baby.” means to put your thumbs together and push every single chip into the center of the table.


All in.  





Steven Pressfield has written extensively on the subject.

On how to acknowledge Resistance and then overcome it.

On how to make the leap from Amateur and Pro.



“From the feet up, baby.”



What do you want to accomplish today? 

What do you want to achieve by the end of Q1?

What is your one major goal for 2014?



Are you thoughtfully prepared for these goals or are you lurching about, putting out one fire after another?



Sometimes you’re forced to hustle to get out in front of the never-ending line of pressures coming at you from your business, your family and yourself.



There’s only one way to go about it.



“From the feet up, baby.”




Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (, a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish language gap in the construction industry.    

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