Let’s set the scene, shall we?
Jim Braddock has beaten the odds. He has proved his critics wrong. He is about to take on a boxer notorious for his deathly moves. Jim and his picture-perfect wife, Mae are having a night on the town when they run into his competitor, Max Baer. As the couple was leaving, Max sets Mae off with a less than tactful comment resulting in Mae dousing his face with a martini. Jack begins to follow his livid wife who is now storming off when Max says:
“See that boys, now he’s got his wife doin’ his fightin’ for him.”
The restaurant sits in a deadly silence anticipating Jack’s reaction. Jack stares blankly. Responds.
“Yea, ain’t she somethin’?”
Laughter erupts. He unintentionally wins the crowd.
The movie is Cinderella Man. Aside from Crowe’s stellar performance and Rene Zellwegar’s humble charm, I’d recommend the movie simply to study the character of Jim Braddock. He is an endearing, courageous, man who [quite literally] fights for his family; and anybody can learn from his example. Let’s focus, however, on his ability to laugh at himself.
Jim Braddock was a renowned boxer who nearly lost everything when the Great Depression hit. He has worldly experience that has equipped him to be able to roll with the punches. Laughing at himself falls under this umbrella.
Why does it matter?
1. When we laugh at ourselves, we become more relatable. In a situation where we’re taught to perpetually have our game faces on, laughing at ourselves makes us human in our coworkers’ eyes.
2.It shows we’re confident, down to earth, and are able to let certain things go. We’re simply likeable and charming.
These are qualities employers are eager to see in potential employees.