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The Goonies is a beloved national treasure of a film, featuring a team of kids distracting themselves from real world problems by following the footsteps of a missing treasure hunter, Chester Copperpot. Along the way, they make friends with an imprisoned and affable character nicknamed Sloth, are hunted by Sloth’s family members (the Fratelli clan), and experience near-death scenarios in caves beneath the town of Astoria, OR. Also, this happens:
There’s always a hard way to do things and an easy way out…a misaligned and shameful way to forego experience and skip ahead to the end. Obviously, there is more to be gained from taking the long route, which is what Andi and the rest of the Goonies decided to go for. Here, we’ve laid out 5 Goonies scenarios to help you remember that when it comes to reaching your goals, you should always choose to put in the time it takes to go after One-Eyed Willie’s gold, instead of taking the easy way out (aka Troy’s bucket).
- Follow the treasure map
An important part of sticking to your guns is having real and achievable goals in place. Create your own treasure map by committing those goals to paper, with a plan to reach them, and use the map as your guide.
- Don’t let The Fratellis sabotage you
Like The Fratelli family, there are always going to be people (competitive co-workers) that will attempt to get between you and the completion of your goals. Don’t let them! Make like Mikey and proceed a step ahead of your work frenemies.
- Goonies stick together
The Goonies have very strong ethos (specifically Mikey). That innocent and somewhat naive notion that you should stick together does have a place in the world of adults, even though it doesn’t always seem to. Find the co-workers whose goals align with yours and help each other out, like a good Goonie should.
- Goonies never say die!
Going along with the last one, you must never give up on those goals, and finding your own group of Goonies will help you to keep on it. Goonies never say die when they’re out treasure hunting, and neither should you!
- Stay cool, like Sloth
Sloth has an infectiously happy outlook, despite being chained up by his family, and it’s an important attitude to have when trying to achieve something. If you’re wallowing in circumstances, how can you get anything done? Re-focus that energy toward “doing” and get happy-go-lucky like little Slothy looking at a Baby Ruth.
*Fun fact: Sloth’s name is Lotney Fratelli
If those scenarios didn’t motivate you to take the long way home, I also give you Mikey’s monologue he uses to keep his Goonies in line:
“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us, but right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.”
About the Author
Stephanie Norell is the Marketing Director for North by Northwest’s Boise office. She loves horror movies and Pinterest, adores the classic film Xanadu, and “enjoys” disseminating her thoughts for trolls to discuss online.