Running a business is no easy feat. There are many moving parts to consider when starting your own company, from navigating how to hire new employees to learning how to build relationships between your brand and a loyal consumer base.
Sometimes, the best place to seek inspiration is from your favorite fictional characters. From well-established businessmen to new entrepreneurs, some of television's most memorable characters have pretty valuable advice to offer small business owners who are getting their companies off the ground.
1. '"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take," Wayne Gretzky' - Michael Scott
Perhaps one of the most famous quotes from funnyman Michael Scott of "The Office," this sentiment - originally stated by former professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky - holds significant weight in the business world. Opening your own company is a risk, and while it yields a substantial reward at the end, many potential business owners refrain from making the risk for fear of failure.
Scott is right to highlight this thought. If you accept defeat before even attempting a challenge, then your end results are set in stone. Whether you're testing a new marketing strategy or you're going out on a limb with a new product, you'll never know if the venture would be successful until you've tried.
2. 'Why should everybody else do what they like, except for me?' - Chandler Bing
For the majority of the television series "Friends," Chandler Bing works as a data processor. He expresses his dissatisfaction with his profession throughout the seasons, recognizing that his job is both unfulfilling and monotonous. In season nine, Chandler quits his job to pursue a career he knows will make him happy. Many small business owners take similar leaps when leaving their own jobs to open a new company - but in the end, making a career choice that will make you feel both happy and useful is the best way to ensure you make the most of your professional life.
3. 'I don't get lucky. I make my own luck,' - Harvey Specter
Harvey Specter, the no-nonsense lawyer from "Suits," has built an entire career on setting goals and working hard toward achieving them. Holding out for that perfect job offer or waiting for a sign to help push forward your entrepreneurial venture should not be driving factors that influence how you move forward with your business. Instead of leaving important decisions to chance, move forward by creating effective solutions and thinking outside of the box to resolve issues.
4. 'Sometimes you gotta work a little so you can ball a lot,' - Tom Haverford
In the same vein, Pawnee's own Tom Haverford from "Parks and Recreation" knows a thing or two about working hard to achieve your dreams. Tom recognizes that you must be willing to put in a great deal of effort to earn rewards at the conclusion of your venture. Treat yourself by working on your business, and in the end, you'll see significant gains.