Sometimes, a project needs us to become the catalyst…the one person who relentlessly chases the goal and who refuses to be hindered by the obstacles that arise.
In the movie Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain played the CIA analyst called “Maya” who led the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. She was portrayed as the person singularly responsible for finding and identifying his secret hideout in Pakistan. Without her tenacity, no action would have been taken.
At one point in the movie, she became frustrated because no action was being taken on the intelligence information she had gathered. She was concerned that Bin Laden would move before the US would act. So, she began marking on the glass wall of her boss’ office every day. She wrote in large letters with a red marker how long the project had stalled:
Eventually, she marked on her boss’ wall for 129 days before someone decided to take action! That is what a catalyst does. It takes a huge amount of tenacity. It takes a huge amount of risk. She could have been fired. She could have been wrong. But this reveals what it takes to be a catalyst:
- You have to be Right
- You have to be Ruthless
Thanks for listening.