For those who may not watch it, One Tree Hill is a soap opera that airs on the WB. The show’s purpose is not only to entertain, but also to teach young adults important life lessons.
However, anyone who does watch One Tree Hill knows that nearly all of the characters live successful lives. I realize that it is very unlikely for a small group of friends to become as successful as the characters of One Tree Hill did, but there is still so much you can take from the show and the characters in it.
My personal favorite is Brooke Davis, played by Sophia Bush. If I could follow in any one character’s footsteps, it would definitely be hers. Brooke Davis is a great role model for anyone who is looking to make an impact someday. Before I get into what you can take from her in the business world, I’ll give a little background of the character.
Brooke Davis started the show as a teenager whose biggest concerns included where the party was that weekend and which guy she would hook up with. Well, in the most recent seasons, she certainly has come a long way. She is now a successful, ambitious woman with her own clothing line! Brooke went through many obstacles to get where she is now, but that is what gave her the traits that we could take from her to be successful in our own lives.
What takeaways can we absorb from One Tree Hill’s Brooke Davis? Well, for starters…
Dream: Brooke started her clothing line (known as Clothes Over Bros) while she was still in high school. She was heartbroken over a boy and decided to design a few dresses to get her mind off of it. Fashion was always her passion (and something she was good at), so she found a way to sell her designs online with help from her friends. She was surprised to find that many people were interested in her clothing line; she was actually getting business!
Quick tip: If you have a dream, then you just need to go for it. Brooke was inspired to chase her dream when she was getting over a heartbreak, which eventually made her a multi-millionaire. Find what you’re passionate about and then find a way to make it happen!
Work Your Butt Off: Since One Tree Hill skipped four years of Brooke’s life (one season ended with her online small business, and the next season followed her four years later after her clothing got big in New York), but they didn’t fail to stress how hard Brooke worked to get there. She was a 21-year-old girl who designed new clothes and attended meetings instead of partying and going out with her friends every night. She put her business first and was always on top of everything.
Quick tip: You won’t get anywhere if you think you can just B.S. your way through life. Hard work is not that scary, and most of the time it’s worth it in the end!
Balance Work and Life: After catching up with her old high school friends, Brooke decided to return to home for a visit with her friends. During this visit, she realized that she had missed out on some important things in life and that she missed her hometown of Tree Hill. This gave her the idea to open up a store in Tree Hill. With more hard work and dedication, she successfully opened the location and was then able to spend time with her close friends once again.
Quick tip: It is important to work hard in life, the hard work won’t seem worth it if you do not make time for yourself. Personal time is a necessity. Any businessperson needs to have a healthy balance of work and fun!
Persevere and Conquer the Odds: As the company grew and became more popular, Brooke ran into a few obstacles. She was attacked in her own store — where she lost some of her sketches — and much damage was done to both her and the store. That took a lot to get through, but once she finally pulled through that, her mother (whom she does not have a good relationship with) took over the store. After a lot of upsetting down time, she finally realized how much Clothes Over Bros meant to her. She decided not to give up! Instead, she started from scratch again, which eventually led her to another successful multi-million dollar corporation.
Quick tip: You have to constantly believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing. If you do not care enough, then it is going to be nearly impossible to succeed in life. NEVER GIVE UP!
Get Yourself Out There and Try New Things: Brooke realized what her talents were early on, but the sky was the limit when she learned to harness them. For example, she isn’t afraid to take a risk for the greater good of her company. Through her network of friends, she got the opportunity to design the clothing lines for several different movie sets, which helped get her name even bigger. That wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t put herself out there!
Quick tip: You have to take risks in life, especially in a business. They do not necessarily have to be huge risks (don’t make rash decisions), but they should stretch your limits. When Brooke tried her hand at designing a clothing line for movies, she stepped out of her comfort zone. In her case, the risk-taking was a huge benefit. Of course, risks do not always end up in your favor, but you’ll never know until you give it a try. As some people might say, “go big or go home!”
Keep Your Integrity: Brooke ran into her share of pitfalls, that’s for sure! At one point in the show, a few people who worked for her were forging documents, which got Brooke and the company in a lot of trouble. It caused her investors to lose a lot of money. How did the caring Brooke Davis fix it? It took everything she had to pay back her investors for their loss. But she did it in order to right the wrongs.
Quick tip: By now, you should know the difference between right and wrong. You do not want to screw over anyone when it comes to your business, especially the ones who believed in you and the company all along. Brooke did not have to do what she did, but she knew it was the right thing, therefore she took what was probably the biggest risk in her company. That takes leadership skills!
At one point during the show, a character said: “Brooke Davis is gonna change the world someday, and she doesn’t even know it yet.” That certainly did happen! She changed the world in the show and made a difference, but she also taught life lessons for those who watch One Tree Hill. Brooke may be a somewhat unlikely role model at first glance, but she embodies all the key traits of a successful businessperson…and so can you!
What do you think of Brook Davis’s business takeaways? Do you watch One Tree Hill? Any more advice we could add?