I can proudly say that I am one of the millions of people, scattered all over the world that loves watching the Blockbuster HBO series, Game of Thrones.
What interests me most about the series, is the plot, the twist and turns employed by the author of the script, George R. R. Martin, which blows my mind off and which I think, will serve young entrepreneurs all over the world, well, as they can learn a lesson or two, for application in their business dealings, from the series.
I was particularly intrigued by some characters in that series that, through wits and doggedness, became phenomenal forces to reckon with.
Below are 4 characters from the Game of Thrones whom, I think that young entrepreneurs can learn from:
She lost her father as a young girl, was abused by her brother and forced to marry Dothraki horselord Khal Drogo, in exchange for an army.
Deanerys faced lots of challenges, but she adapted to all of them and rose to become a powerful woman, feared and respected.
Anywhere she goes, she conquers the land and frees its inhabitants from any form of oppression and she never gives up on anything, until she finds a solution.
She showed mercy when the situation arises, but she is, also, ruthless, when confronted with stubborn challenges.
Her focus was only on the iron throne and she will stop at nothing until she gets it.
As a young entrepreneur, you need to key into this.
How you started your business does not really matter, but what matters is how determined you are to see that the business grows to the multi-million Naira, or, Dollar organization that you envisaged.
Maximize all the resources that you have within your reach and do not accept a “no” for an answer from anybody, or, think that anything is “impossible”, without giving it your very best shot.
Be a team player and show empathy, towards the plights of your team members, who may be finding it difficult to measure up.
Listen to them and let them have access to you, but also, stand firm in your dealings with them.
Stay focused on the goal; never waver. And never allow today’s difficulties to slow you down from pushing on until you actualize your dream.
Be very firm in your decision making. Surround yourself with trusted people and show them that you really care about them.
Stand tall, stand proud and never back down from any challenges.
In the Game of Thrones, he was presented as the bastard son of The Lord of Winterfell Eddard Stark.
In the house, he was tolerated by Eddard’s wife, Lady Catelyn, who sees him as the fruit of her husband’s unfaithfulness.
Irrespective of the situations surrounding the origin of his birth and his parentage, he perseveres and keeps fighting.
He joined the Night watch and rose to become the lord commander.
He always fought for what he believes in and in what he sees as truth and just.
He was murdered by his own men because, he tried to do what his fellow men considered an abomination of which, is uniting the night watch and the wildings in order to fight their common enemies, the white walker, but by some miracle, he came back to life.
He is a natural leader, who puts the welfare of his people first, before his own and he is not afraid to die for it.
He keeps moving, rising and never faltering.
When he, eventually, realizes who he truly was (The real heir to the iron throne), he never allows it to get to him.
The ability to keep moving will serve you well when it comes to organizing and strategizing your business as an entrepreneur.
It does not, necessarily, mean that you have to be a natural leader. You can learn to be a leader, by reading books and asking questions.
The ability to guide and lead your team in order to achieve the desired results that, will be beneficial to the organization, should be at the topmost part of your mind.
Keep moving and keep learning.
He is the last child of Tywin Lannister and a dwarf. He is often referred to as, “the Imp”, or, “the Halfman”. His father, neither, liked, nor, disliked him and his elder sister treats him with contempt.
Tyrion understands who he is and tries to make up for his shortcoming in height, by investing his time in the reading of books.
He is intelligent, witty, well read and shares his father’s skills for business and political maneuvering.
The ability to succeed as an entrepreneur lies in how you can stay ahead of your game.
No matter how small your business is, you can still be ahead of your competitors, through voracious reading, insatiable need to learn, sourcing of information and conduct researches that are well carried out.
Do not limit yourself to what is in front of you. Think hard and think fast, ahead of your competitors.
She is often used as a plaything in the dirty scheme and machinations of other characters.
She is very naïve, but in time, she grows up to become a very smart woman.
She learns from all her ordeals and uses these on her enemies to great effect. She is slow to anger and never shows her opponents how smart she is.
Like a poisonous snake, she does not give her opponents an inkling of what she has in store for them. She strikes, slowly, but effectively.
As an entrepreneur, learn from all the challenges that you are facing. Channel the anger building in you, to positive use and do not allow this to consume you.
Sir Richard Branson, once said that what drove him to become successful was because he took his frustrations and turned it into inspiration.
Pursue your dreams with a clear mind of where you are going. Stay calm and focused, but be very watchful. Do not undertake unnecessary risks.
Asides from lessons from the Game of Thrones, you can also read up lessons Tech Entrepreneurs can learn from Warren Buffet here
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