Movie B-School: When Harry Met Sally Met the New Year

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New Years Eve in New York City, your “one” standing in front of you, breathlessly emancipating himself of long-anguished feelings about the two of you as a couple…that’s the dream, right ladies? Nora Ephron’s Romantic-Comedy masterpiece, When Harry Met Sally, gives us the chance to vicariously live that dream. Mr. (Harry) Burns figures out what he wants, and goes out there and gets it. Once he realizes being with Sally is his goal, he runs through the streets of NYC to get to her.

The few weeks leading to NYE, we are constantly hearing the word “resolution” and being urged to set goals for the upcoming year, to create a better “you.” Most of the time, we set resolutions for our personal life, but neglect to create some for our work lives. We spend so much time at work, it only makes sense to be conscious of what needs improvement in this area. This Movie B-School will be for the casual worker, looking for direction, or the die-hard Nora Ephron/Mindy Kaling fan.

Movie B-School: When Harry Met Sally Met the New Year I North by Northwest Boise

Let’s talk about Harry.

The first step is figuring out what you actually want from your work. Harry drifts through women following his divorce, not even trying to find his place as a single man. He’s not sure what he wants out of a romantic life, now that Helen has destroyed every notion he held love to be, but Sally tries to prod him to take dating more seriously. Decide what it is you truly want from your work life and your life’s work and distill it down to measurable and obtainable goals, separating them into a five year plan for work enrichment. Once you know what road you really want to commit to and head down, you can work on achievement.

Movie B-School: When Harry Met Sally Met the New Year I North by Northwest Boise

[Spoiler Alert]

Harry sets his sights on Sally and makes it happen, like the manly-man Billy Crystal is. He made his goal and understood what the steps to completion were, allowing him to make the right moves. As he explains to Sally in his adorable speech, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” If you want a raise or to move into a different position, or even change careers, understanding how happy you would be, why would you not want to start that life as soon as possible?

Movie B-School: When Harry Met Sally Met the New Year I North by Northwest Boise

Happily Ever After

The endearing storytelling in the end, between Harry and Sally, reveals their perfectly blended neuroses and each other’s growth. This sweet exchange shows how much Harry’s attitude toward Sally’s preferences have changed from when they first met:

Sally Albright: Huge coconut cake with a – with a – tiers and there was this very rich chocolate sauce on the side.

Harry Burns: Right, cause not everybody likes it on the cake, cause it makes it very soggy.

Sally Albright: Particularly the coconut soaks up a lot of excess and you really – it’s important to keep it on the side.

Harry Burns: Right.

Your quest may not always have a happy ending, but the best part of goal completion is knowing you accomplished something you set your sights on, and grew as a person. what more could you ask from a brand new year?

Movie B-School: When Harry Met Sally Met the New Year I North by Northwest Boise

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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.

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