The President-elect's self-identified five favorite films are:
- The Godfather
- The Godfather, Part II
- Lawrence of Arabia
- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Passionate Mavericks are like fish swimming against the current. The masses may be telling them what to do, who to love, or how to behave, but these rebels choose not to listen. They're dissatisfied with the status quo, and, on behalf of the meek and the voiceless, they want to change the world for the better. Mavericks don't follow trends--they set them. They're cool without even trying. They have hordes of people who fear and admire them, but they're loners by nature and often keep their distance. In the end, Mavericks must realize that accepting help from others only makes their mission stronger. In the words of Passionate Maverick William Wallace in Braveheart, "They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"
Things about Passionate MavericksAmong the film quotes cited as a "quintessential statement" for a Passionate Maverick is Michael Corleone's, "It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business." Air Force One is listed as a typical mode of transportation, and cigarettes as a culinary favorite. (Not sure what to make of quintessential behavior including "running for public office as a joke," though.)
What We Can Expect from a Passionate Maverick in Office
Williams and Werb offer words of encouragement for a troubled nation looking to its next president:
Mavericks' behavior at work will vary depending on the circumstance. When they believe in the values of the company they're working for and feel useful to the world at large, they are the hardest workers in the world. They demand that their job contributes to bettering other peoples' lives in some way.Memo to Mr. Obama
Having read these reassurances, it is fitting to end this with a message to Mr. Obama. I, too, am a Passionate Maverick and I know there to be truth in the authors' words of advice:
Sometimes, being uncool can be fun. Channel your inner dork once in awhile: Play board games, read a comic book, or embarrass yourself on the dance floor. Unwind and enjoy life more. And don't worry; everyone will think you're the coolest person in the room anyway.