What Doctor Who Can Teach Us About Being An Entrepreneur
Useful information and valuable lessons are all around us. Doctor Who is no exception. If you’ve watched more than a couple of seasons of the popular British TV show then you probably know that the show is a lot more than an alien that travels around in a little blue box. If you’ve never heard of the show that is fine too, the concepts in this blog can be applied to anyone in the workforce.
Here’s what Doctor Who teaches us about being an entrepreneur.
Anyone can be successful.
“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
Everyone is the protagonist in their own story. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you were destined to do or be something great. No one is that special. Those that are extraordinary go out and do something great. They make themselves great instead of waiting around for destiny to find them. Successful entrepreneurs find their passions and write their own story. All you need is passion and a little luck, and you’ll be on your way to writing your own success story (if you’re not already).
Stand for something.
"You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”
When the Doctor is passionate about something it shows. It takes control of him and from then on it doesn’t matter if he seems a little crazy or rude, he gets his point across and people listen. Everyone, but entrepreneurs especially, should wear their passions like a shirt without worrying what people might think of them. If you’re not entirely sure what drives you, then find those passions and put yourself out there. Have a point of view and have something to say, even when your point of view is not in agreement with the majority. It’s easy to go along with the crowd; but anyone that has ever made a dent in the world, stood up for their passion.
It’s okay to be afraid.
“Let me tell you about scared. Your heart is beating so hard -- I can feel it through your hands! There’s so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain, it’s like rocket fuel. RIght now, you could run faster and you could fight harder. You can jump higher than ever in your life. And you are so alert, it’s like you can slow down time. What’s wrong with scared? Scared is a super power! It’s your super power.”
I’ve met a lot of people that are ashamed of their fear and truly believe that they should be fearless. That is completely unreasonable -- despite what people may say, everyone is afraid of something. Fear makes us better. It makes us stronger and pushes us past our boundaries. It’s okay to be afraid as long as you don’t let it cripple you. Use it as a drive. Conquer it once. And then conquer it again. The more you do it the easier it will become.
We’re all stories in the end.
“We’re all stories in the end… just make it a good one, eh?”
Whether you’ve lived a good life or a less than eventful life -- whether you have a billion dollar business or you’re struggling to start up-- we are all just stories in the end. It doesn’t matter if you have a small business or a large one. If you’re happy with the story that you are writing then that is all that matters. If you’re not -- then change the story.
Change is good.
“We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.”
We may not be immortal aliens that regenerate with new faces, but we are fabricated to change. We are constantly changing throughout our existence and evolving into new people. Change is not only good, but it is also necessary. To be the best that we can be we have to struggle, make mistakes, and learn our lessons -- a true entrepreneur knows that they are not the same person that they were yesterday and will no longer be the person they are today, tomorrow. Everyone struggles. Everyone thrives. We all grow and we all change. When it’s time, change will find you and it’s important not to fight it -- because that’s how you grow.
Doctor Who is definitely not for everybody, but it has some lessons rooted in its story that anyone can learn from. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to realize that there is always room for growth and that you have the power to do anything that you want to do. It is true that when everything's said and done, we are nothing more than stories. Let’s just make them worth the read, eh?
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