CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAR. 12, 2016
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Career Lessons From Quentin Tarantino

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If you don’t know who Quentin Tarantino is…get the hell out. No, I’m joking but most hardcore fans would probably sling expletives in your direction due to your ignorance so, don’t admit it outside of here. Quentin Tarantino is a very well-regarded (and loved) filmmaker and has more awards than Michael Phelps…but don’t quote me on that.

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Here are career lessons that we can learn from Mr. Tarantino.

Trust Your People

When Tarantino asked Terry Gilliam, another visionary filmmaker, how he would put his vision on the screen, he told him that his job as a director is to hire people talented enough to embody your vision. Okay, so technically this isn’t career advice by Tarantino but via Tarantino. Nonetheless this is a great piece of career advice, especially if you are in an administrative position. Put people you know are capable of the responsibilities and let them go. Delegate and leave them alone. Trusting your team also helps against micromanaging which is the fastest killer of moral available to a person in an administrative position.

Pursue Passions

Tarantino is a self-taught director, but his knowledge of cinema probably rivals that of the academic knowledge of the seventh art (that’s cinema you ignoramus). From a young age Tarantino watched movies voraciously, which later on in his career inspired both his vision and his format. Many of his most famous and popular movies are homage to the films of his childhood that included a vast array of genres, themes and subject-matters. Oh and on that note…

Be Inclusive

Don’t readily disregard information as non-pertinent; it is important to accept everything, because you never know when that information might be useful. Be selective instead with the project you take on, because sure, you might not have your name emblazoned all over your project like Tarantino might, but you will still be associated with it, either to investors, your superiors or even your subordinates. Speaking of which…

Be Selective

Tarantino was offered to be a director for Green Lantern, due to the recent mild response for his movie Grindhouse. A side note here, so the previous sentence makes sense: in Hollywood, if a hit director experiences a little ebb, the studio rushes to fortify his/her confidence with a blockbuster. Keeping true to his guns though, Tarantino revisited Inglorious Basterds (which was a project he put on the back-burner) and the movie was a hit, whereas Green Lantern which he had turned down, flopped. So yeah, this is my awkward transition to the next paragraph.

Trust Your Gut

Not your physical gut but your cognitive gut, your intuition. It’s not a random unfounded decision making process, but science has found that intuition is quicker and often more advantageous than logical decision making- there’s even a study about it. Basically, they took volunteers and sat them in front of two stacks of card. The point of the game was to have the most high value cards, and one deck was rigged to give most high value cards. The researchers then asked when the volunteers would have a “hunch” and when they were unequivocally sure which deck was the “winning” one. Within 40 to 50 cards, most subjects chose the correct deck on a “hunch” and then took a whopping 80 cards to be absolutely sure. Your intuition is the culmination of many decisions and experiences and more often than not, truer (if not also more advantageous to you) than analytical thought.

See Also: What Martin Pistorius Can Teach us About Overcoming Obstacles

Do you know of any other career points we can learn from Tarantino? Let us know in the comment section below.  

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