The movie “Hitch” highlights the importance of believing in what you do.
Hitch basically helps guys get dates. Sara is a gossip columnist for an NYC tabloid. Despite both having been hurt in relationships, they begin a relationship with one another. But things get difficult when their work collides and brings their relationship to an end.
We watched the movie a a good while back, but the movie has a lot of good scenes and lessons. One scene toward the end of the movie especially has a great lesson for leaders. Do we believe what we’re “selling” or, has our job simply become, well, our job? Do we truly love God and love people or, has loving/leading people simply become a product we sell?
This particular scene involves Hitch and Albert (Kevin James), one of Hitch’s clients. Albert’s relationship with Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta) gets destroyed because of Sara’s work as a gossip columnist when she discovers that Hitch is the “date doctor.” She think she’s discovered evil motives behind his work.
The following scene/transcript begins when Albert enters Hitch’s apartment with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Here’s the transcript:
Hitch: What you got there?
Albert: This? (box of doughnuts) I figured maybe if my heart stops beating, it wouldn’t hurt so much.
Albert: I want you to fix it.
Hitch: I got nothing, Albert. Hey, you wanna do something? We should get out tonight.
Albert: Honestly, I never knew I could feel like this. I swear I’m going out of my mind. I wanna throw myself off of every building in New York. I see a cab and I wanna dive in front of it, because then I’ll stop thinking about her.
Hitch: Look, you will. Just give it time.
Albert: That’s just it. I don’t want to. I’ve waited my whole life to feel this miserable. If this is the only way I can stay connected with her then this is who I have to be.
Hitch: No, you don’t. You can change, you can adapt. You can make it so you don’t ever have to feel like this. Ever again.
Albert: Oh, my God. You just don’t get it do you?
Hitch: I get it.
Albert: Let me get this straight. You’re selling this stuff, but you don’t believe in your own product.
Hitch: Love is my life.
Albert: No. Love is your job.
Hitch: Hey! You wanna jump out a plane without a chute, be my guest. But forgive me if I don’t join you.
Albert: This isn’t about love for you at all, is it? (Hitch walks away) Yeah, this whole time I thought I was the coward. (Albert turns to walk away)
Hitch: Where you going?
Albert: Skydiving! (Albert storms out)
Have you lost touch with why you do what you do? Has your call to lead simply become a job or a product you sell? Or, do you believe in what you’re doing?