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The Top 100 Movie Quotes for HR Pros: #75 is Harvey Dent ("You Either Die a Hero, or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become the Villain")...

Recurring series at the Capitalist: The Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time for HR Pros.  In no special order, I break down the 100 movie quotes that resonate most for me as a career HR pro.  Some will be funny, some will be serious... Some will tug at your heart like when the Fox voice-over guy said, "Tonight - a very special episode of 90210"... You get the vibe... I'll do it countdown-style like they're ranked, but let's face it - they're ALL special..

"You Either Die a Hero, or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become the Villain"

--Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight

Today's quote is all about not overstaying your welcome.  It's about the shelf life of talent.

"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the Villain."

New employees and new managers can have great starts in your company.  At some point, their effectiveness starts to wane.  Conditions change.  They're not the star any longer.

At that point, they've got a choice to make:

1. Get the hell out.

2. Reinvent themselves and stay.

3. Stay and do nothing to increase their waning effectiveness. 

Should you stay or should you go?  If you stay, you better do something to reinvent yourself, because if you don't, the pack is going to turn on you.

Your game becomes old.  Either die a hero (that means you leave) or get ready to see yourself become the Villian (you stayed but refused to start the clock ticking over via some type of reinvention.

Which one is it going to be?  (if you want to go right to the quote on the clip below, go to the 1:10 mark - email subscribers click through for the video clip...)



Particularly apropos for founding CEOs.

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