He will be 76 in May and he’s not satisfied. Despite all of his contributions to the movie industry, he’s still concerned.
Surround sound: because of his innovation, more than 4,000 movie theaters upgraded their sound systems.
Digital film editing: he led the way, creating programs that allowed digital images to be edited in the moment. This was cutting-edge stuff, unlike film that had to be produced, spliced, and edited back together.
Special effects: This was his wheelhouse. He loved creating things people had never seen before.
George Lucas was the man behind these innovations. Interestingly enough, some of the first computer generated images his company ever produced were for a rival sci-fi franchise called Star Trek…not his own creation, Star Wars. Perhaps you’ve seen the scene in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan where a planet is born through the Genesis Project…that was Lucas.
Surprisingly, Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, was so upset by this that he confronted Lucas and even called him a traitor. Lucas told him it was how business and innovation worked. That’s how Lucas wants to be remembered. Even so, Lucas believes he’ll be remembered for some space movies he made.
Here’s the lesson: leaders are never satisfied….never. They see the more that can be done. They want to do more. Their desire is to conquer the next mountain. That’s leadership.
Brian Sanders serves as Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio. He regularly writes and speaks on leadership topics.
His new book, “Leadership Endurance,” can be purchased HERE.