Working in a corporate environment is like going to war: you can’t go unarmed, or else you’ll die—figuratively, at least.
If you want to remain employed in your current job, you need to arm yourself with various traits that will enable you to survive the battle-wrought landscape of your job. You will need more than just the skills you possessed when you first entered your job. The corporate landscape is constantly evolving, so you have to learn how to deal with those changes or you'll be left behind.
And who can better teach you how to play this game but the Game of Thrones characters themselves? The following characters can definitely teach you a thing or two on how to survive and even outlast others in your job.
Sansa Stark and her emotional restraint
This prim and proper Stark princess has undergone a huge amount of transformation since the start of the series. She would have been dead long ago like the rest of her family had she not exercised great emotional restraint during the most trying of times. Sansa has endured the death of her family, the bullying of Joffrey Baratheon, and her marriage with the Imp with perfect grace and composure. She only grieved when there was no one else to see her.
To emulate Sansa, you don't have to act like a rock at work. However, learning how to separate your emotions and personal life from your job reflects your professionalism, and this trait is guaranteed to help you excel in the workplace. After all, Sansa is still alive, isn’t she?
Daenerys Targaryen and her openness to learning
Everybody’s favorite Khaleesi was not the same courageous woman at the start of the series. She was meek and completely under the dominion of her brother, Viserys. He even married her off to Khal Drogo in the hopes of getting an army to reclaim the Iron Throne.
But instead of lamenting her own fate, Daenerys chose to turn the tables to her advantage and learn everything she can to gain power. She learned how to please her husband, how to speak his language, and even how to hatch a dragon. Her efforts to learn more are now being rewarded as her army continues to grow, making her one of the most powerful contenders for the Iron Throne.
You might not become a Khaleesi yourself, but you can be as powerful when you learn how to expand your knowledge base in accordance with the times. The most damaging attitude that you can have is to think that you already know everything just because you are already a senior in your workplace.
Jon Snow and his fighting spirit
Living in the shadows all his life, the Stark bastard son Jon Snow definitely knows how it is to be an outcast. He has set his eyes on being one of the rangers of the Night’s Watch in the hopes of proving himself to his father and the rest of his family. But when the Night’s Watch does not turn out to be the glorified heroes that he pictured in his mind, this does not deter Jon from still trudging onto what he believes is his destiny. After all, he has worked hard for it, and he is not about to give up now.
You’ll need the same kind of resiliency and fighting spirit if you want to last in a job. After all, it’s not always going to be rainbows and butterflies. Like Jon, you'll have your own version of The Wall and White Walkers, which will serve as obstacles in your path. You have to learn how to look beyond the dirty work involved and always keep your eyes on the goal.
Tyrion Lannister and his sharp wit
Arguably television’s most popular imp, Tyrion Lannister just goes to show that size doesn’t matter when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones. In spite of being on the brink of execution several times, he still managed to dodge each sword through sheer intellect, often outwitting the people around him.
Tyrion shows that being smart at work can definitely take you places. But if you can’t be the smartest, then at least try to make up for it with something else, like being industrious and persevering. Just like the imp, don’t let yourself be taken at face value. Show them what you've got, and that you've got more than meets the eye.
Ned Stark and his unfailing moral compass
Okay, so Ned’s dead, but if there was one thing that made everyone root for him before he was executed, it was the strength of his principles. His strict obedience to his moral compass was what made him great not just as Lord of Winterfell but also as Hand of the King and head of the Stark household.
If you have strong moral principles to guide you in your work just like Ned, you’ll never step on other people’s toes on the way to the top. You’ll be able to make decisions that you won’t regret in the long run. Your principles in life will eventually lead you to success, not just in the workplace but in all aspects of life.
Unless of course, you have Joffrey Baratheon for a boss.
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