What 'Whiplash' Can Teach Us About Pushing a 'Great' Too Far

January 7, 2015 5:15 PM

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Every sport, art and industry has "greats." They are people who have exceeded all expectation and pushed their passion to the next level. Names like Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Duke Ellington are known by nearly everyone. Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?

The movie Whiplash sought out to show the process of creating the next jazz great. Whiplash shows the conductor of the band, Terrence Fletcher, to be an extremely vulgar and forward character in how he feels and acts. He yells, insults and even slaps his students to prove his point and get them work...

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