In the previous article we discussed Rick Sanchez, from the adult animated series Rick and Morty, who is an alcoholic genius scientist that invents crazy things and goes on adventures with his grandson, Morty to other dimensions.
A lot of the show may seem like immature and random. However, Rick and Morty is remarkably witty, and it is riddled with subtle messages that make you question your place in the universe.
As you consider venturing into the world of startups, here are 4 lessons from Rick and Morty that you can apply to your life.
Warning Spoilers Ahead.
1. Don't Be Afraid of New Things
“Listen to me, Morty. I know that new situations can be intimidating. You're looking around and it's all scary and different, but you know, meeting them head on, charging right into them like a bull...that's how we grow as people.” – Rick Sanchez
In the pilot episode of the show, Rick tries to motivate his grandson to be a little braver. And while Rick wants Morty to smuggle a certain something in certain body cavity to get through interdimensional customs that doesn’t mean we can’t take Rick’s words of advice seriously.
When you first get that idea, you may become indecisive about whether to invest time and money in it. It can be a bit overwhelming, but you can’t move forward in life if you don’t face the new and embrace it. Never be afraid of the unknown, try new things, and have fun.
2. Don’t Plan for Failure
"That's planning for failure, Morty. Even dumber than regular planning." – Rick Sanchez
When a massive alien head demands an intergalactic song competition, Rick and Morty are forced to step up. Morty starts making plans in case they lose, and Rick offers some rare words of wisdom. Rick is teaching us, in a way, to stay positive. Going into anything, a startup for example, with a negative mindset will provide negative results. So don’t stress out and stay “schwifty.”
3. Be Passionate About What You’re Doing
“I just got bored. Everybody out.” – Rick Sanchez
When the devil opens up a shop selling cursed items, Rick decides to open up a shop across the street that reverses the curses. His sole goal is to antagonize the devil and when he succeeds, he has no further interest in the business. He douses the counter with gasoline and burns the shop to the ground.
You have to be passionate about what you do, and you have to do it for the right reasons, or else you might just get burned out.
4. Choose the Right Business Partner
“Wanna develop my app?” - Glootie
In the episode “The Old Man and the Seat,” an intern named Glootie tries to get someone to develop his app. Rick warns everyone not to, but of course simpleton Jerry jumps on the idea without any persuasion. The app is a dating app called “LoveFinderrz” and along with the terrible name, it has a more sinister purpose behind it. The app destroys humanity so that Earth’s water supply can be taken over.
If an alien life form has “don’t develop my app” tattooed onto their forehead, please don’t develop their app. Do your research, make sure that you can trust them, and that they practice good personal and business ethics.
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