Every once in a while I read an article that I REALLY enjoy. I like to read content that is FUN, but it also has to teach me something. I don't read a significant amount of FUN - I tend to only read books and articles that teach me something I'm interested in like right now I'm reading about mobile apps and agriculture...yeah, boring I know.
Matthew Herper at Forbes.com recently wrote this piece entitled "Five Career Lessons From Han Solo." This was a FUN read! First I saw the word "Five" followed by "Career Lessons" and thought to myself, "I've got time for five career lessons, probably already heard them before, but it;s from Forbes so it might be something cutting edge...or not...but I got time for five." Then I read, "Han Solo" and I freaking clicked on that!
I watched Star Wars for Han Solo, The Millenium Falcon, and Chewbacca! I thought Luke was a whiny puts and Darth Vader was just washed up, never thought that guy was scary. Han Solo didn't need a lightsaber or the force, he was cool because he had a gnarly ship, blaster, and a hairy friend.
I hope you have time to read Matt's article, here's a quick preview of the Five Career Lessons from Han Solo:
1) Have an ally who will support you no matter what.
“Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay here.”
2) Be a mentor – you might get paid back later.
“That’s two you owe me, junior.”
3) Don’t be too focused
“Jabba, I was just on my way to pay you back, and I got a little sidetracked.”
4) Trust what you know
“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
5) Shoot first
“Yeah, but this time, I’ve got the money…”
If you like Matt's article you'll also enjoy 5 Lessons In Freelancing From Han Solo.
Paul Hill, Ph.D.
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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