Lessons From 'Set It Up'

Netflix's 'Set It Up' Taught Me an Important Lesson on Work Ethic

Little did I realize when I sat down to watch the movie on Netflix I would get a vital reminder.


Although I have a lot on my plate, like many other people I procrastinate. However, I procrastinated in the best way I can: catching up on Netflix. One of the first movies I caught up on this month is "Set It Up," a movie about two personal assistants, Harper and Charlie, who help their bosses date, so they can have some free time. Amidst the budding romances and unique dates, another topic captured my attention: their work lives. They strived to complete all of the required daily tasks in an attempt to gain promotions. I especially focused on Harper's story.

Harper worked as an assistant for the head of a sports page in hopes of eventually becoming a writer. However, she busied herself doing the daily tasks for her boss, Kiersten, and claimed she didn't have time to draft a single article. However, with Charlie's help, she realized she made excuses. Although she told herself her lack of writing was because of her busy job, it was really because of fear.

With writing as her greatest passion, it's no surprise Harper felt afraid of failing at her dream job. So, instead of running the risk of failing at her dream, she subconsciously decided not to try at all and remained absorbed in her work. Many audience members understand this problem. Whether it's writing articles, performing music, or other hobbies, you have two choices: working hard or not trying at all. Avoiding your problems may seem like the answer for the short-term, as it puts off the stress and other negative feelings. However, by not trying you ensure that you will fail. Hard work at the least ensures the possibility of success, and in the end, all of your efforts will make you stronger and ready for the next set of challenges.

Even when Harper started drafting, she stayed upset with herself. She complained to her roommate Becca about how all her drafts sounded terrible. Becca interrupted her to remind her that every work of art starts off as a bad draft. The hardest part of any project is the beginning. If you're overly hard on yourself, you'll never get over this difficult step. The first drafts are never the best drafts, so being perfectionistic will not help you achieve your goals.

By the end of "Set It Up," Harper finishes pieces that make her feel good enough to give to Kiersten. In conquering her fears, she could act on her passions, allowing herself to enjoy her work and succeed in her new position. The only way to act on our passions is by pushing our worries aside and doing what's important.

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