Hercules and the Power of Thought

By Andrew Taylor

I TRY TO CONVEY TO my students every day just how important it is for them to think positively in life. I try to help them understand that the moment they regard themselves as powerful, intelligent, beautiful, or capable of doing anything, then they will be and able to do exactly that.

For many years now, I have believed in the idea that our thoughts hold the power to produce what we want and don’t want in our lives. We essentially have control over how we feel and what happens to us.

Now, I understand that many people may debate this idea, but it is what I believe: If I wake up in the morning and create the thought that the day will be a great day, then I will have a great day. If I’m feeling under the weather and I think to myself that I will get better soon, then I will soon get better.

Nowadays, there are countless books on this philosophy from the likes of Deepak Chopra to Wayne Dyer. It is now being scientifically proven that there is a direct biological link between the thoughts we create in our minds to what physically and emotionally occurs in and around us.

A couple of nights ago, upon walking out of the movie theater after seeing the new Hercules movie, I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a role, this concept of “the power of thought”, played in the story.


Hercules leading the charge with a battle cry. Screenshot from Hercules Official Trailer #2 (2014).

Hercules leading the charge with a battle cry. Screenshot from Hercules Official Trailer #2 (2014).


Now, I’m going to try and not give away the movie. This article doesn’t need a spoiler alert as I’m sure many folks out there are just itching with excitement to see Dwayne Johnson, sporting a beard and long hair with arms the size of tree trunks.

I don’t want to ruin anyone’s eagerness to see just how far Mr. Johnson’s dramatic facial expressions have improved since the days of playing ‘The Scorpion King’ (I honestly have nothing but respect for him and the path he has taken). While Johnson’s emotionally discharged battle cry has improved with time, so has the concept behind the ever so familiar Greek mythology-based, dungeons-and- fantastical-creatures-filled, horse-and-blood-spilled-battlefield story-based films of an ancient Europe.

This idea of “the power of thought” is the thread that runs underneath all the fire, battle scenes and special effects tying the film together into something that is somewhat interesting to watch.

If paying attention to more than Hercules’ indestructible lion headdress, the audience learns from the characters, that there would be no Hercules if it wasn’t for people believing in the wondrous stories of his heroism and courageous adventures.

During the movie, Hercules’ nephew Iolaus, is a famed story teller who travels with him telling the villagers and soldiers they meet along the way about Hercules’ adventures. He embellishes the stories with grand words and details to wow others. There’s even a point during the film when Hercules and his pack of mercenaries must train an army in the art of fighting. The only way Hercules and his friends persuade the soldiers to follow them is by making them believe that they will not lose because they have Hercules fighting on their side.

By the end of the movie, the audience learns that Hercules is able to perform these valiant and extraordinary feats only because he himself believes that he is a legend of supremacy.

In one scene Hercules’ friend pushes him to believe that he truly is the legend, thus allowing Hercules to conjure up the strength to break free of the heavy chains his enemy has imprisoned him with.

“Who are you? Are you only the fabled story or are you the one and only true legend?” his friend Amphiaraus shouts to him. This isn’t a direct quote, but Hercules then gains that belief in himself and he saves the day. He believes that he is an all-powerful hero and thus he is able to fight multiple headed beasts, bust out of ironclad chains, and knock over an enormous statue.

Again, it is because he believes he can.

Now, it is not impossible to accomplish the feats that Hercules can. Of course there aren’t any three-headed wolves or lions running around Kuching that we need to protect ourselves from. But for you young people out there, start believing that you are powerful beyond measure.


"Have faith in yourself. Tell me: Who...are... you!!" Amphiaraus shouting encouragement to his friend Hercules during a crucial scene in the movie. Screenshot Hercules Official Trailer #2 (2014).

“Have faith in yourself. Tell me: Who…are… you!!” Amphiaraus shouting encouragement to his friend Hercules during a crucial scene in the movie. Screenshot Hercules Official Trailer #2 (2014).


Start believing that you will do well on the SPM and you will be able to attend college.

Start believing that if you want to study abroad in the United States or Europe, that the possibility is not out of your reach.

Start believing that you are beautiful even though your skin may be darker or your tummy may be a bit bigger than the next person. If there is an improvement you want to make in your life, than you can do it! If there is a dream you want to achieve, then you can achieve it.

The only person who is stopping you from being all that you are capable of, is you…nobody else.

Every thought we produce is a seed that will manifest in some area of our life which will form either a positive outcome or a negative one. So think positively, believe that you can accomplish everything, and allow your own magnificent legend to be narrated to the world.


Andrew Taylor hails from Los Angeles, California. He is a Fulbright Fellow under the United States Department of State, teaching here in Malaysia for the second year in a row.
Last year he taught at a Vokasional school in Perak and this year he has felt so blessed to be living and teaching in Sarawak at SMK Siburan outside of Kuching.
He loves working with young people, but especially the youth of Malaysia. For Andrew, it’s an everyday occurrence to be inspired by his students and their unique inquisitiveness, kindness, and eagerness to gain new knowledge. Their smiles and sunny disposition are what make his days beautiful.
Sarawak and its people, culture, food, and splendid scenery, have become a place that Andrew truly loves and he feels fortunate to be able to call it his home.


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