T he Netflix based series: House of Cards, takes us through 6 seasons of a highly strategic struggle for power – a political war, one might say. The series’ main characters are the highly motivated, extremely focused and a slightly (understatement) corrupted power-couple: Frank and Claire Underwood. Frank is not part of season 6 and I kind of miss him in the show, but for those of you who have not seen it yet, I won’t reveal anything.. Although there are many sides to Frank and Claire’s personalities that one might NOT want to adopt –

Here are a 8 things that we can actually learn from the Underwood’s:

  1. HAVE A CLEAR STRATEGY. Knowing what the end goal is and continuously working towards it by determining what actions to take to reach your milestones and which resources you need to execute the actions, is key to achieving your main goal.
  2. STAY FOCUSED. Whatever happens, you need to stay focused on your strategy and the task at hand. Loosing focus is easy and maintaining it through hard times, pressure, distractions and doubt demands both willpower and determination.
  3. NEVER GIVE UP. No matter how hard it gets (because we all know it does at times) you need to keep on going. Approximately 90 % of all new business start-ups fail. And the 90 % reason for failure is simply giving up. Giving up is so simple – and it is what most of us do. We do it even though we KNOW that the ones who really make it, made it because they didn’t give up. They persevered, although they probably thought about quitting a thousand times. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.The next time you think about quitting, remember that giving up is your single greatest enemy. Don’t let it win. Think about all the great achievements, inventions, companies, artwork, expeditions, etc. we would have missed out on, if the people behind them had given up. One can argue that every time you fail, you get closer to succeeding. You learn what not to do, and you get a little bit better.
  4. FIND THE BEST SOLUTION. There is always solution. The challenge (and perhaps what differs the good from the great, or the winners from the losers) are people and companies’ ability to find the best solutions to their challenges. In the end – aren’t we all just problem solvers in our work?
  5. HAVE A PLAN B. You should always be prepared for the possibility that things don’t go according to plan. Alternatives are a must in this fast changing and volatile business world. If you don’t have something to fall back on, you will have a hard time making it to the top. Are you able to sleep well knowing that the slightest derail can put you off for good? Remember that a plan B might also involve the help from other people and resources. So get your plans and teams ready to tackle whatever obstacle might come your way.
  6. CHANGE YOUR TACTICS. It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself (Charles Darwin – Origin of Species). Do what it takes to achieve your goal, even if it means changing your mindset, coming up with new ideas, and doing things differently than what you planned in the first place.
  7. FIND YOUR OWN WAY. Doing what other have done always, doesn’t get you ahead- it merely lets you keep up, if you are lucky. Instead of following the mass, find your own way. It might be bumpy but it is probably far more interesting. If it is a good way, then chances are that people will follow. After all, isn’t the best way to predict the future, to create it yourself?
  8. BE BOLD. Not everyone is bold. So the once who actually are, already have a huge advantage over the rest. Being bold, gets you ahead, gives you what you need to fulfill your goals and let’s you achieve your dreams. (It is simple stupid, and so true).Whatever you can do or dream you can. Begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it (Goethe).