12 Valuable Life Lessons from “The Godfather” Movie

In this post, we cover some valuable life lessons from The Godfather 1972 film. The Godfather is more than a movie. This movie offers endless lessons on how to handle every situation you may encounter. Here are a few key take-ups:

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“Don’t make promises you cannot keep.”

Your word is the most powerful thing you have to offer.

Speak carefully.

If you can’t guarantee something, don’t say you can.

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“Family is the most important thing in life.”

Blood is thicker than water.

“the only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth.” – Don Vito Corleone

Always look after those you love.

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“Mind your own business.”

-Do not gossip.
-Do not seek out drama.
-Do not ask inappropriate questions.
-Do not give advice on personal matters when you’re inexperienced.

Don’t involve yourself in other people’s personal lives.

“Friendship and money. Oil and water.”

Don’t assume friends (or family for that matter) will behave rationally when money is at stake.

Account for all your financial assets, perhaps even set up a Trust, and make sure it’s all properly allocated in your Will so there’s no confusion after you’re gone.

"Friendship and money. Oil and water."

“Don’t betray your family.”

Even when your family pisses you off, at the end of the day they’re still your family.

There are times when you must leave them, but generally you just need to look past their mistakes.

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“Don’t take action on your emotions.”

Act only after you’ve thought about the consequences.

Acting from a place of anger only worsens things.

“Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.”

Just because you should always be planning for the future doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of yourself in the present.

Be good to yourself: eat well, exercise, and try to live forever.


“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

You have to play life’s game of chess.

You must always be studying the actions of others.

Protect yourself.

It’s a dangerous world out there.

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“Make the right friends.”

Build friendships out of respect, business and trust.

Consider the positives and negatives of each friendship.

“Wealthy people can be very dangerous.”

Money can move heaven and earth, so be careful who you work with.

You don’t want to mess with the wrong people.

“Keep business private.”

Only share precious info with family.

Not everyone has your back and a lot of people are willing to throw you under the bus.

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“Violence is the last option.”

“I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.” – Sollozzo.

Violence worsens life in nearly every dimension.

Be a dangerous man, but act with honor and composure.

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