- an alternative book review feature by Alie Brand

Expanding on the concept of popular culture and it's influence on careers - Alie Brand of Stellenbosch Rugby Academy examines how James Kerr in his book Legacy uses the example of the world's most successful Rugby team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal practical lessons for leadership and business. Creating a book that can be applied to a career both on and off the field of the play. Illustrating how the game of rugby and literature combined can help inspire stronger careers in general.

According to Brand these are some of the highlighted attributes (based on extracts and quotes,) that one can gain from Legacy, which makes it a must read for everyone wanting to improve their career.

Legacy by James Kerr - image courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group

Legacy by James Kerr - image courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Stormtroopers..Ph: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm LFL 2016. Copyright: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Stormtroopers..Ph: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm LFL 2016. Copyright: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.

Directed, by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla," "Monsters") "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" tells the story of how a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

with Alie Brand from Stellenbosch Rugby Academy

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The James Bond franchise suggests themes that can inspire success on the sports field - SKYFALL © 2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. 007 Gun Logo and related James Bond Trademarks © 1962-2012 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. SKYFALL, 007 and related James Bond Trademarks are trademarks of Danjaq, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Understanding the influence of movies in sport

Rugby (as with most sport) is a wonderful tool that shapes us for life. The very reason you are reading this, is a testimony that something about this game has ignited your passion and fuelled your spirit.

However in our society today we see a lot of people giving up on their goals, not willing to go the extra mile. In a way a general trend to look for a quick fix or the fast track to success without a willingness to apply oneself has grown.

By turning to the popular culture of films, we have now found a source to inspire and remedy the motivation needed for players to excel. Creating a better path than the aforementioned "quick fix"...

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

From Marvel comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj.

Films that Inspire a Career in Sport - Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone starring in Creed - image credit © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved”

Films that Inspire a Career in Sport - Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone starring in Creed - image credit © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved”

The sports industry is very much a mix of high-end action and behind the scenes administration. From managing a team, dealing with the physicality of athletes, to being an actual sports person – there is a world of career opportunities on and off the field, court or track.

While some people are talented enough to play sport, others have made it their life's work to maintain the sports industry as a whole and earn quite a living doing so.  Most of the inspiration are derived from moments on the field of play and some off the field...

Here are a few movies that we believe can inspire a career in the sports industry!

The administration:

Jerry Maguire – "Show me the money", if that doesn't sum up the overall relationship between an athlete and management – then what does! Plus, throw in a love story, Cuba Gooding Jr. winning an Oscar and Cameron Crowe. Careers inspired: Sports Agent! Rating: 10 out of Ten.

Moneyball – a film illustrating picking a team based on stats and cash – which converted to success on the field.  Careers inspired: Sports Manager. Rating: 8 out of Ten.