As many people are still recovering from the shock of the Game of Thrones series finale, here at Get YOU Found we’ve reflected on the disappointing events that lead to (SPOILER) Bran Stark ruling the Six Kingdoms (see ya later, Winterfell). While, as fans, we thought the Game of Thrones writers could have done a much better job bringing the series to a close, we pondered what takeaways we have after eight seasons of the HBO hit fantasy show. Now, a few weeks later, we’ve set aside our dissatisfaction and honed in on these four lessons for entrepreneurs based on the Games of Thrones finale.
While you might not have walked through flames, as an entrepreneur, you offer something special that no one else in this world can provide. Whether it’s a skill, knowledge set, or an innovative mind, this precious asset is your dragon. You must protect it, nurture it, and use it as best you can. Instead of sitting idly by and watching others try to fake what is inherent to you, jump on your dragon and light it up!
Most importantly, your dragon differentiates you from the competition. The more you nourish your dragon, the happier and more successful it will be. If you lose connection with your fire-breathing lizard, expect your business to suffer.
Your dragon makes you special and helps you stand out from the crowd. Having this unique talent or ability makes it possible for you to change everything. Look at Daenerys Targaryen. Eight years ago, she was an orphaned refugee turned child bride to a terrifying horse-worshipping warlord. By the end of the series, Daenerys was the most powerful person in all of the Seven Kingdoms. She walked through fire and came out on the other side with the most powerful creatures in the realm. She stormed Westeros and devastated the competition.
In the real world, we can look to business leaders such as Blake Mycoskie or Tony Hsieh who have both transformed more than just their industries, but the way consumers behave. It only takes one person with a well-nurtured dragon to make an incredible impact. Be that person. Live up to your potential to make change happen. It won’t come easy but it’s so worth it in the end.
Even though it’s 2019, people still make incorrect assumptions about what women are and are not capable of accomplishing. The same thing happened in Game of Thrones and Daenerys had to demolish King’s Landing to make her point. Today, women are leading the business world in every industry. From General Motors to Pepsi, Lockheed Martin to Fidelity Investments, women are stepping into roles previously reserved for men only. Don’t discount what a woman can do because making this mistake could drastically hurt your bottom line and your company.
As an entrepreneur, you are an expert about a number of different topics. However, you can’t know everything. That’s why you need trusted advisors. For example, you might know everything about the world of finance but marketing might be a total mystery for you. In that case, you would want to hire the very best in digital marketing strategies and tactics (like Get YOU Found).
It’s also important to know the difference between an advisor that made a single mistake and one that continues to incorrectly guide you. In that instance, you need to listen to your instincts and make the tough calls. Your entrepreneurial endeavor is precious and needs the brightest minds working on it. Don’t let a failed adviser bring you down.
So while you might not be binge-watching the eighth season of Game of Thrones any time soon, remember the lessons this series taught us. You’ll find they apply to your daily life as an entrepreneur.