Catch Me If You Can

We took a break after our project on business models by having a movie night. Make yourself hungry with a picture of our food:

When I first watched Catch Me If You Can, I was a ten-year-old amazed by the storyline of the movie. It revolves around the powerful deception of Frank Abagnale Jr. (a real person who wrote of his true story). Watching the movie for a second time led me to see past its thrilling chase and find some pieces of conventional wisdom.

First: knowledge is power. Abagnale Jr. single-handedly escaped the FBI! He outsmarts banking systems and people, because he really understands how banking systems work and how people think. While you wouldn’t want to fake prestigious professions and steal millions of dollars (right?), you want a strong product and company. Doing something well means knowing something well, so you got to research your market. You got to understand the entire customer experience. This search to get knowledge to build a powerful business is the reason big data is so hot right now.

Second: lies are easier to live by, but they hurt you. Another contrast between my two viewings of the movie is that I now relate to Abagnale Jr.’s prolonged denial of family breakup. It’s hard to let go of the source of such beautiful memories. But to live on a lie is to prepare for disappointment upon seeing the truth. Make sure to communicate with your boss when you are having trouble on a project. Do not wait until your deadline to tell the truth. Everyone, even the president, deviates from plans. By notifying your boss of problems early on, you give your boss plenty of leeway, mitigating the consequences.

Isn’t this movie great? Talk about far-reaching advice.

Chase Robbins