#76 The Mother of Dragons: What We Can Learn From The Game of Thrones About Being Badass

Lately I’ve been getting calls and emails from pals looking for advice as they finish up their MBA degrees at the University of Oregon. Gladly, I give my two cents. Understandably there’s an air of timidness when approaching the unknown. We all experience it, and we develop our toolkits to get around it.

It got me to thinking about some of the places I discover new ideas for my toolkit and relate them to being an entrepreneur, working as a startup geek, and strategy in general. It’s life-hacking.

One connection I found from the Mother of Dragons in the Game of Thrones series on HBO.

Who is this Mother of Dragons? She was kidnapped as a kid and her brother was a jerk. He sold her to the barbarian king. Turned out he was cool. As his queen, she’s an outsider, but cool under pressure. Fierce, caring, and keeps her shit together even when others don’t understand what she’s doing. She’s full of surprises and keeps viewers on their toes. At one point she steps into a fire and comes out unharmed with a mini fleet of dragons. No expected it, but she knew it would happen.

The lesson from this lady reinforced the idea of our own wild ideas [dragons]: Listen to others’ advice, then you decide whether to take it or leave it. Trust yourself and don’t listen to bozos. If you’re wrong, so what. We all are sometimes. But you won’t questions yourself and ask “what if?”

Is there a dragon on your shoulder?