James Bond is the ultimate super spy--all men want to be him, and all women want to be with him. He is suave, handsome, charming, and bad-ass, but his skills extend far beyond just these things. 007 has characteristics that make him the best at what he does.
But those same skills that make him awesome at spying could make him an awesome entrepreneur as well. If you want to be the best bad-ass entrepreneur around, here are a few of James Bond’s skills you’d do well to emulate:
1. Charge Forward and Others Will Follow
In movies like Braveheart and Lord of the Rings, the hero gives a motivational speech to rouse his compatriots to battle. In the James Bond movies, however, the super spy just goes ahead and does what needs to be done without the need for a big speech. And yet his fellow agents follow him into danger because it’s what must be done.
You don’t always need to inspire people to follow you. Sometimes, it’s enough to just go ahead and do what needs to be done quietly, and let people find their own reasons to tag along. If you do it, they will usually follow!
2. Master of Some Skills, Jack of All Trades
James Bond is the best when it comes to martial arts, shooting, and driving, but has a working knowledge of hundreds of other skills--boating, languages, computers, electronics, etc. To be a successful spy, he has to master some skills, but be passable at many more.
To be a successful entrepreneur, you must do the same. Be the best at one or two individual skills, but develop a working knowledge of all the other skills needed to make your company successful!
3. Let the Experts Handle it Sometimes
James Bond doesn’t create the gadgets that he uses to defeat the bad guys--Q does it. He doesn’t gather his own intel--he has Mi6 to do it for him. He focuses on doing what he does best and has a support staff of experts backing him up.
To be successful, you need to operate the same way. It’s wise to call in experts to handle various aspects of your company, leaving you free to do what you do best!
4. Trust Your Instincts
If James Bond doubted his gut reactions, he’d likely end up dead more often than not. In many movies, his split-second decisions not only save lives, but they help him to stop the villain from achieving their evil ends.
Your instincts will guide you right, so learn to trust them. Study and train until you are confident that you know what needs to be done and let those instincts guide you through the world of business.
5. Execute Your Plan with Patience
If James Bond ran into a room filled with henchmen and started shooting, chances are he’d be dead in seconds. Instead, he waits and picks them off one by one, from an advantageous position.
To be successful in the world of business, you need to have a plan, and it needs to be executed with patience. Don’t try to push your company to be successful overnight, but give your plan time to be implemented slowly and efficiently.
Follow the advice above, and you’ll be as successful an entrepreneur as like James Bond can be! Or you could be a successful gambler, drinker and womaniser. Whichever you prefer.
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