‘Doctor Who’ Work Ethic: 3 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from the Doctor
When it comes to getting the job done, the Doctor is NO slouch. Even if you have never seen the show, you may have at least heard of it. Doctor Who is the most successful television show ever produced by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC). It is a long-running show about an extraterrestrial Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey that travels through time and space in his T.A.R.D.I.S (a telephone-booth-shaped ship that stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) fighting for mankind and galactic peace.
The Doctor has taught very valuable lessons time and time again about the power of interaction, living ethically, and being successful in your quest. (I mean, he’s over 900 years old, so I should hope he has learned a thing or two)!
Here are 3 recurring tips you can take away from Doctor Who and apply to your own work ethic:
It's tough to save the world alone...
Stand out, but know your limitations
Through 48 years of journeys with the Doctor, viewers have seen his weakness for travel companions. It’s tough to save the world alone, but he is always successful with a little help. The Doctor’s various companions, who have been predominantly female, are very different and teach the Doctor and the audience how important it is to stand out while still recognizing your limitations. Spanning the decades, each companion shows diversity, poise, and strength. They teach us that we are important cogs in the machine of victory and perseverance, whether we are the leaders or the employees of a business. Plus, when the Doctor gets a little pretentious and too self-assured, a companion shows him there is always room for error. The Doctor has been near defeat countless times and would have lost it all without the assistance of his loyal companions.
Quick tip: Be bold if you know something that may help your business succeed, and don’t be afraid to stand up and make a point! Remember that no matter what your role in business (and no matter how big or small your job seems), your skills are needed to keep the business on the right track.
Fight your battles with wit and intelligence.
Don’t lose your temper
Another brilliant side of the Doctor is his amazing ability to show restraint instead of acting out of spite or vengeance. The Doctor is notorious for emerging victorious without the use of a weapon (aside from a sonic screwdriver) or anger. He is the kind of guy who would fight an entire battle armed with nothing more than his own wit and intelligence. The Doctor’s even temperament is a perfect example of the role you should play with your business; keep your cool and don’t overreact. Though the Doctor fights for what is right, he is bold and courageous when it’s appropriate. Both courage and confidence are very important in the success of your business, thus projecting both in a noticeable way will always put you on top and ahead of the game.
Quick tip: Control your emotions when dealing with stressful situations. Temper tantrums only waste time and make you look rash and unpredictable! It’s possible to stand up for what’s right as long as you do it tactfully.
How do you beat those who oppose you? Be positive and find their weaknesses.
Kindness and empathy are the best weapons
Kill your competition (and any other difficult people) with kindness. The Doctor gives the benefit of the doubt to universal evils; he unfailingly gives them a chance to back down and do the right thing before taking action against them. Through the years, many have opposed the Doctor and declared themselves enemies of his righteous quest for peace, such as Cybermen, Daleks, and other intangible creatures seeking world domination and the destruction of other species. The Doctor teaches us that this kind of competition will always be there in droves. What do you have to do to beat them? Be positive and find their weaknesses. You will succeed through skill and determination.
Quick tip: The trick, as we have learned from the Doctor, is KNOW YOUR ENEMY! Use your abilities and strengths to determine how to handle the competition and explore the positive way you can hold your ground and conquer. You can vanquish your competition through hard work, and determination.
All in all, the Doctor teaches us that it’s possible to triumph if we’re persistent and dedicated to a good and willing cause. He has traveled for centuries with one goal: the success of goodwill. So, with tenacity, patience, and a little dollop of effort, you too can be a hero in your mission to prosper in your business ventures! With any luck, your success will thrive with honesty, confidence and little help from everyone in your business; after all, your employees are just like the Doctor’s companions because they share your goal and provide fresh insights. If you follow these simple little lessons, then you may be able to REGENERATE your successful business time and time again!
What other advice could the Doctor provide? How do his travels align with your business journey? Are there any Doctor Who fans out there who are dying to contribute a comment?