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4 lessons from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


In 1964, there lived a genius who went by the name of Roald Dahl. He published the wonderful book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and inspired the imaginations of all children and adults. Since it’s creation it has been transformed to films and musicals, but each of them preserve the utter magic of the story. There is nothing that compares to the affection you feel towards the very poor but grateful Charlie, who meets his eccentric idol, the great and marvellous Willy Wonka. We are taken on the rollercoaster journey through the mysterious factory and we all cheer when Charlie lands a prize bigger than any dream.

Willy Wonka is the most fabulous, eccentric and eerie character that has ever been conceived. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to read the book, the film or watch the spectacular musical in the heart of London – there are 4 very spectacular lessons we can all learn from the wonder-inspiring chocolatier. So put on your imaginary top hat and let’s go!

You never know when your luck might change

Sometimes life isn’t too good to you. Your hardworking parents may be made redundant and can only put cabbage soup on the dinner table. You may be so poor that a small bar of chocolate is a treat that you might receive annually for your birthday – if you’re lucky. Despite the limitations poverty placed upon Charlie, he remained a grateful child and he was appreciative of the love that surrounded him. He went on to win a Golden Ticket and then became the owner of the greatest chocolate factory in imaginative history!

What should Charlie’s story teach you? That you never know what’s waiting for you around the corner. You may be experiencing some unpleasant feelings or maybe your financial situation is causing you great stress, but always hold onto the feeling of hope. Hope is the most invincible thing in the world. It will carry you through the toughest times and push you through the hardest part of your life. Even if you find your world crumbling, it is the nagging thought that says “It will get better from here”. There’s nothing quite like it, and if you believe in its power, it will make you strive to better yourself and your situation so that those dreams and ambitions can become a reality. You never ever ever know when your luck might change, because there’s one certainty in this universe – the world keeps on turning so you better hold on to your hat!

Be humble and you will win

It’s a universal truth that no-one likes a brat. In his famous story, Roald Dahl makes that fact clearer than ever, with the joyous removal of spoilt children from each scene by the slightly creepy and sadistic Oompa Loompas. If you behave like a know-it-all, a show-off or an insolent human being, you will find yourself to be a very unpopular person. Your peers won’t respect you and inform you of opportunities to come. They will exclude you from their conversations and roll their eyes when you butt in. You don’t want that, do you?

Be strong and silent about your achievements. Of course, you are entitled to be proud of your hard work and subsequent success, but intentionally rubbing it in someone’s face will only cause tension. If you behave in a compassionate manner towards most people you encounter, you will find yourself making good friends and many opportunities for character development.

Believe in your imagination

One of the best parts of being human is the wonderful gift of our imagination. Just think of all the amazing things you can conceive in your mind! Some choose to write them down in books, some decide to paint what they envision, and some tell their stories to anyone willing to listen. Your imagination is a truly powerful thing. It gives you the ability to create a world to which you can escape. Just remember how exhilarated little Charlie was as he looked up at the mind-boggling machines and candy inventions the factory housed. Reignite your inner Charlie and believe in the improbable and ‘impossible’. Take some time to delve into your mind and explore your creative nature. You never know what wonders you may come up with!

Own your eccentricity

You are unique. There is no other being in this vast universe that can compare to you. Those quirks in your personality are in actual fact a treasure. No-one can replace you, so be proud of your character. Do not conform to become something you’re not – what’s the point? At the end of the day, you have endured the spectacular journey of your life and here you are standing taller, bolder and stronger for it. Be proud of your accomplishments so far and be inspired by your future aspirations. When you are full of such potential, you shouldn’t do anything else but to accept and own your eccentricity.


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3 thoughts on “4 lessons from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. What good life lessons to come away with. Great perspective! Had not looked at it like this before and I’ve seen both movies and read the book!

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