Brotherhood, Dedication, Teamwork, Passion – Jackie Chan Stunt Team

Brotherhood, Dedication, Teamwork, Passion – Jackie Chan Stunt Team

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Today on a cloudy, rainy, gloomy day here in Los Angeles, browsing the internet, you can always find something that motivates you, that touches your spirit, and that jump starts your day. This touching video showing Jackie Chan’s Stunt Team surprising him during an award show brought tears to my eyes.

Looking at all the team members on stage along with those in the video, one can see how dedicated, passionate, and loyal they are to Jackie Chan and the team. Now for those of you who may not know who Jackie Chan is, Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. Chan has trained in Kung Fu and Hapkido. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.

Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. He is also a notable philanthropist. In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth to be $350 million.

Along with loving many of his movies, this video holds so many lessons that we can all learn from. These lessons hold true in every day and in business life as well.

1. Leadership – What Type of Leader Do You Want to Be Remembered As?

Becoming a great leader takes years, possibly a lifetime to master. It truly is learning and mastering how to do a many things well. Mastering skills such as knowing how to make people want to follow you because of what you have done for them, or knowing how to motivate and lead a team are just some traits Jackie Chan has mastered. You can really see the respect and admiration his team has for him and becoming that kind of leader takes years of hard work, trust, and mutual respect. Whether in business or in society in general, you want to become a leader that people want to follow instead of just having to follow. Just because you got the supervisor or manager title doesn’t mean that you’ve become a leader. John Maxell’s Five Levels of Leadership is a fantastic book on leadership. I wish I had known about this book when I was 21 years of age as it would have saved me so many headaches and conflicts. Remember, becoming a great leader truly comes down to what you are doing for your team. Are you mentoring them, are you sharing with them your vision, are you teaching them, are you coaching them with valuable knowledge.  The saying, the more you give, the more you get holds true when becoming a leader. Putting your team first will determine your success as a leader. Remembering the ultimate reward for a leader is to have people follow you because they want to, but more so carry on your legacy through your teachings and your vision.

2. Brotherhood – Who Are You Surrounding Yourself With?

In life, you truly are the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Look around you; who are your five closest friends? If four of them are “losers” trust in that it’s just a matter of time before you become a “loser”. I hate to be so blunt about it but if you take a closer look at the team members of Jackie Chan’s Stunt Team, it’s very easy to see that all of their skills, excellence, and talents are all about the same. Simply put, birds of a feather, flock together. Creating a group of people around you who can push you to your limits allows you to reach your fullest potential. Truth be told, I try to surround myself with people who are better than I am because I know I can learn so much from their habits, advice, and experience. Les Brown, one of the greatest motivational speakers in the world once said, “if you’re the smartest person in your group, you need to find a new group.” From a young age, try to surround yourself with great people. People who you think are going places, people who inspire you, and people who bring out the best in you. A brotherhood or group of friends will allow you to take on life with a pack of friends. Remember, there is strength in numbers and the road to success is much easier when you have the right people around you.

3. Commitment – Are You Committed?

Whether it be martial arts, being a stuntman, or starting your own business, after watching this video, you can clearly see it in their eyes that these men were committed to excellence. Achieving even the simplest of goals requires us to learn the meaning of commitment.  Throughout our life, we are reminded of commitment, whether it’s related to personal or business goals, and we realize that without committing, we can’t achieve anything. When you think about it, everything you ever achieved sprouted from a commitment you made; whether it’s your children, your business, your job, or even your relationships. Learning how to commit is not simply about making commitments, however, it’s about keeping those commitments in the face of foreseen and unforeseen hurdles. Commitment; this is a word that you must get comfortable with if you are to become success in life. Success in life is not guaranteed, failure on the other hand is certain if one is not committed. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to have thrown themselves through doors, to do stunts that put them in the hospital, but I guarantee you that they were so committed to their commitment, that it motivated them to do those stunts day in and day out. Achieving success is not easy. Being great at something doesn’t come easily. But mastering commitment will allow you to achieve success much easier.

4. Passion – Do You Have Passion For What You Do?

Doing stunt work day in and day out is not only crazy, it truly proves that these artists have a true passion for what they do. Imagine waking up back then, when technology, safety guidelines, and props were so much inferior to what it is today. I would think that having an indescribable passion for what they did kept them returning to the set day after day. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple said it best when it comes to having passion.

“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being “successful” in the eyes of society and the ones that didn’t, oftentimes, it’s the ones [who] were successful loved what they did so they could persevere, you know, when it got really tough. And the ones that didn’t love it quit because they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it? So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly and if you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. So you’ve got to love it and you’ve got to have passion and I think that’s the high-order bit.”

5. Humbleness – Are You Celebrating Victory With Those Who Have Helped You?

It is so clear in this video that Jackie Chan has not forgotten about those who have helped him with his success and career. It sometimes takes a team to achieve massive success and their group of team members prove that their leader has not forgotten about them. Here at Startuup, one of our core values is to never forget where we come from. Being raised in a small town where everyone knew your family and learning how to be humble and thanking those around you was taught to us from a very young age.

Recognizing success is very powerful. Team recognition brings fulfillment because it reinforces the meaning of determination and collaboration. When you show your respect to another’s achievement, you are likely to boost their esteem. Moreover, a leader can motivate team members a great deal by showing gratitude and appreciation towards everyone’s accomplishments. Being motivated by a leader, they are likely to try harder and contribute more. Mutual respect brings forges stronger relationships and encourages team engagement. Let’s not forget that a team’s greatest resource is its members – without them very little would be achieved. And while you may wonder why you have to celebrate someone for simply doing their job, remember that it’s so much more than that. Success is a function of your team’s efforts, and you have to celebrate those efforts if you want to foster positive morale going forward.

Simply put, be humble about your success. Remember those around you and remember that it’s not always about the money that determines how successful you are. Treat those around you with respect and never forget that their hard work and efforts played a part in your success as well.



What an amazing video showing how a team of like minded people can come together and create generations worth of amazing talents and work. It truly though starts with a great leader with great vision, and great compassion and appreciation for his team members. Jackie Chan, will ultimately go down as one of the greatest artists of all time and it shows in his work. I will continue to keep this video close as it shows so many lessons that I can learn from. To become that leader that people respect, honor, and admire could take a lifetime; but isn’t it all worth it when you see how many people you have influenced and affected?






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