Tips on breaking through, from YouTube

How to smash down that wall, with The Onion, Blazing Saddles and Extras.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Dare to dream. If this clip from The Onion shows us anything, it's that nothing is impossible. Only one quibble: the appointment of East Timor's first female dictator perhaps isn't the best example of a ‘truly great day for women'.

You're better than them. It's good to see that racial sensitivities have moved on since the days of the Old West, or certain 1970s cinema, but the sheriff scene in Blazing Saddles does have its lesson. These days it's still all too easy to find oneself being judged on things that bear no relation to ability. The trick is to keep calm, use your brains and make sure you have the last laugh on the ignorant ones.

Stay true to yourself. We often have to bite our lip and put up with some horrendous attitudes from others on the way to greater things. But there comes a point where tough decisions have to be made. How badly do you want it? In Extras, aspiring actress Maggie has been given a shot acting opposite megastar Clive Owen, but figures it's just not worth the humiliation. Not for the easily offended...

In today's bulletin:
Mortgage lenders under pressure as repossessions soar
Saab throws in towel as car production plummets
Blind Man gaffe highlights the danger of mail merges
Mills & Boon rails at 'frigid' Virgin
Tips on breaking through, from YouTube

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Is it favouritism to protect an employee no one likes?

The Dominic Cummings affair shows the dangers of double standards, but it’s also true that...

Masterclass: Communicating in a crisis

In this video, Moneypenny CEO Joanna Swash and Hill+Knowlton Strategies UK CEO Simon Whitehead discuss...

Remote working forever? No thanks

EKM's CEO Antony Chesworth has had no problems working from home, but he has no...

5 rules for work-at-home productivity

And how to focus when focusing feels impossible.

Scandal management lessons from Dominic Cummings

The PR industry offers its take on the PM’s svengali.

Why emails cause conflict

And what you can do about it.