I was just a young boy of 5 years old, when I watched the animation, “The Lion King”, for the first time.
As young as I was, I knew that there was more to the animation than just a cartoon, meant to entertain and boost children’s fantasies.
The children, then, are all adults now, doing different things.
Some have made it, while some are still struggling, but one fact, is this; most of us always remember the phrase, “Hakuna Matata”, (a Swahili phrase, meaning, “no worries”, “no problems”), each time we face some challenges that are overwhelming.
Earlier this month, the 3D version of the animation was released and I got the chance to watch the movie again.
The storyline was just, so, amazing and I was able to learn a lot of new things, which have to do with entrepreneurs and the right mentality to grow your business.
Here are 4 key things that, entrepreneurs can learn from ‘The Lion King’, to make a worthwhile business success:
Low self-esteem is like driving through life, with your hand-brake on – Maxwell Maltz
Low self-esteem arises, when you lack self-belief, feel worthless and feel that you are not good enough.
When Simba lost his father, his uncle, (Scar), tactically, planted it in his head that, he was responsible for his father’s death.
Scar told him that he had killed the king, an action which will result in the whole Pride getting mad at him and his mother will be heartbroken.
Young Simba was terrified and scared.
He was advised by his uncle to run away and never return.
Simba ran and in time, he forgot who he was and lost his self-esteem.
For an entrepreneur to succeed in today’s world, he, or, she must understand perfectly, who they are and where they are going.
A lot of things will come the way that will wear you down and shatter your ego couldn’t not to smithereens.
You will meet people that will doubt you and give you a thousand and one reasons, why you will not succeed and if you are not careful, all these will affect you and drag your self-esteem down.
Work thoroughly on your self-esteem, as it plays a huge role, in how far you will push that start-up and knowing this, will make you command business success.
Don’t Wait For Old Rafiki
Old Rafiki character, in the movie, is the mentor of Simba, the adviser, the spiritual leader, the guardian, with vast knowledge and experience, of how things work and how things are meant to be.
Simba, totally, forgot that he is the son of a king and the rightful heir, to the throne.
It took the intervention of Old Rafiki, who led him to the shallow pool, where he saw his own reflection, as that of the old king, his dead father.
As an entrepreneur, do not wait for “Old Rafiki” to come to you. Go out there, meet up and connect with mentors.
People that have much experience and are very knowledgeable.
Seek guidance and mentorship from them and let them share their experience with you.
If you listen to them and follow their advises and suggestions, your business will, most likely, be on a path to being successful.
Understand The Word, ‘Hakuna Matata’
Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine – Jack Ma
Hakuna Matata means, no worries, so, when everything seems to be going wrong, before your very eyes, do not be worried.
Some of the world’s successful entrepreneurs have, at one point or the other, been discouraged and almost gave up on their dreams.
Some have failed, multiple times, but they kept on trying again and never gave up.
They kept pushing on until they achieved their dreams.
You are not the first to fail, neither, will you be the last.
Hold up your head and stay focused. Let one of your watchwords be, “Hakuna Matata”
Surround Yourself With People That Believe In You
If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together – An African proverb.
Simba was fortunate, to meet up with Timon and Pumba.
The pair nursed him back to health and stuck with him, till the very end, even, in the face of imminent danger to them, when Scar, Simba’s uncle, unleashed the hyenas!
The pair may not be the smartest, but they understood what true friendship means and they never left Simba’s side.
To make business success, one of the things you needed to understand, is the value of true friendship because, it can be a very boring journey, if you decide to embark on it, all alone.
Surround yourself with dedicated members of staff that believe in you, what you are doing and where you are going.
These are the people that will stick with you, through the good and bad times, and help you to achieve your dreams.
Yes, The Lion King, is a cartoon, but it, surely, permeates those valuable lessons for business success, as explained above.
You could also read up lessons entrepreneurs can learn from the game of thrones here.
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