[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”40″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]I[/mks_dropcap] am a fan of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards.’ It is by far one of the most entertaining shows available. The calculation and ruthlessness of Frank Underwood is something to behold. After two seasons I’ve come to realize there are some very good lessons we can take away from Frank Underwood. Whether it’s business, power, personal life, or dealing with people, Frank has a very deliberate way of handling things and getting exactly what he wants… most of the time.
So here are a few lessons I’ve come away with:
“There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.”
There will come a time when you start to doubt yourself, when you start to doubt your abilities and doubt the people around you. The best way to overcome this doubt is to take hold of the truth and ride with it. What are you are you truly feeling? What do you KNOW you can do and do well? Is that person sitting across from you a friend you can count on when times get hard? Accept the truth and you will have no need for doubt.
“Generosity is its own form of power.”
There is an old adage that says “you catch more flies with honey”. As simple as it may sound it is an accurate depiction of human relationships. There are more people than not who appreciate kindness and generosity. And those are the people who will give you a benefit of the doubt or will go the extra mile for you when you request it of them.
“Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.”
For the everyday man this quote translates to something rather simple: the accumulation of things is an unworthy pursuit. It is influence and wisdom that is the most sustainable asset that we can obtain. Not to say that money and trinkets are not important, they are. But those “things” can be fleeting; but who you are and what you know are lasting.
“Never slap a man while he’s chewing tobacco.”
I guess being a city boy and not knowing many people who chewed tobacco this one came across as odd. But when you think about it, it makes absolute sense. Striking back at someone may feel like the right thing to do but what does it serve if you too are damaged in the process? Although I don’t advocate revenge, if you’re going to do it, do it with precise calculation as to allow yourself the full satisfaction of watching your enemy meet their demise.
“What a martyr craves more than anything is a sword to fall on. So, you sharpen the blade, hold it at just the right angle, and then… 3,2,1…”
There are people with self-destructive habits and personalities. If this person is standing in your way, do not fret. Set the table for them then watch them destroy themselves. There is no sense of risking your well-being when their fall is inevitable. You just have to be there to provide the sharp stick and the blanket to cover their rotting corpse. A bit morbid but true.by