4 Business Lessons I learned from watching Bridgerton
As of January 27, 2021, 82 million households watched Netflix's biggest series to date, "Bridgerton". After tv hits like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to get Away with Murder, I was intrigued to see what this genius would write next. Have you watched it, what did you think? Well even when I'm "netflix and chilling" I try to learn lessons from the things I watch, and Shonda Rhimes latest production was no exception. Business lessons you say, yes, business lessons. Let's think about this season and some takeaways you can learn from this Netflix hit.
In episode 7 Lord Featherington, the husband of an overly ambitious wife, was nearing financial ruin, and decided that he would collude with a local boxer to fix his upcoming fight, having him take the fall. Featherington bet on his secret partner’s opponent, who would be the obvious winner, and he bet "the house" on the fight, no I mean he really bet his house, and so when he won he took his betting opponents to the "cleaners". It seemed like all was well when he took home a "boatload" of money to his confused but appreciative wife. As with all lies though, they usually have a way of uncovering themselves, and this one did, in a big way. Long story short, his betters killed him, and there is the lesson...
Be honest, even when it's difficult.
2. Embrace Difficult Conversations
Throughout the series it was clear that the female star Daphne Bridgerton's anxiety, frustration, and contention could have been alleviated if the people closest to her embraced difficult conversations. Her mother was unwilling to have hard conversations with her about marriage and consummation, her eventual husband didn't want to have conversations about his father and how that trauma so deeply affected him. So, the lesson is clear, for us this could manifest in telling people you're working with, that it's not working, and talk about what you can do to improve communication, production, morale or whatever. You need to be able to talk to the people you plan to succeed with.
Learn to have hard conversations.
3. Overcome Pettiness
As I celebrate my first month in business much to the apparent chagrin and hostility of my former bosses I'm reminded of this point here. As the series progresses the newlyweds begin their life together, the male star Simon is disappointed that he can't fulfill his new wife's desire for children, only for her to find out, it's not that he can't, it's that he won't. He won't do so because he didn't want to empower his deceased father by bringing forth children, subsequently ending the lineage. How petty! This pettiness caused him so much anguish as he so loved his new wife Dapne and wanted to do everything in his power to make her happy, except this. This pettiness could have cost him everything. In business this could be holding you back from advancing to the next level, maybe because you think if you share your idea, they'll steal it, maybe your'e holding back from starting something because trying to get all your ducks in a row, or because someone said you can't. How petty of you! The lesson....
Overcome petty thinking & behavior.
4. Marketing & Branding
You maybe saying this one is a long shot. Where could I have gotten this lesson from in the series, set in what seems to be the 1800's. Well, Lady Whistledown was a great marketer. For those who haven't seen the show, she was "The Punch" or the "TMZ" of the day and she would write her candid feelings and opinions about trending topics in the town, catching the attention of everyone including the Queen. While she developed her share of haters during the series, her name was on the lips of everybody. The lesson: speak to your audience, and boom! As you read this, you realize you've been click-baited. I wrote this because I know most people who watched the show were women and in real estate you are our target audience, as studies show that women are the predominant drivers behind the acquisition of real estate and so I drew you here and wrote this article to let you know my team at 1 OAK Bahamas is here for you. But the lesson is....
Build your Brand, make consumable content.
You need someone willing to put it all on the line for you real estate goals like Simon did for Daphne and our team is ready to help you make it happen. We look forward to serving your real estate needs.