In keeping with the attempts at trying to get business going again in America, I felt it was time to reintroduce some of my business expertise and where I got my great business sense from. I am talking about the anime character, Naruto.
For those not following Naruto, he is a boy who is growing into teen and adulthood and is a ninja. If you are a fan of the series (in book or tv or comic form) you know that is a serious understatement.
So to get started in making you a business success, here is what you need to know that I learned:
Try to be everywhere at once. Naruto can make multiple clones of himself using a clone jutsu. Sadly, lacking that skill set the best I can try to do is prioritize work when I can and do what I can for keeping things going in my business and gigs.
Be a person of one’s word. Naruto sticks to his word once he gives it even though the consequences may be pretty dramatic. I try in business to be true to my word, if I give a deadline to have something done, I try to hit it. If I say I will return a phone call or e-mail, I do it.
Naruto asks for feedback after he goofs up. I try to take a pulse with friends and co-workers of how I am doing. In this world of constant change, it is important to know if what I am doing is making business sense, are my clients or customers happy and will they come back.
Be helpful without being stupid. Naruto struggles a lot with this one but he seems to always come out okay (thanks in part to great storytelling). I don’t mind giving advice or suggestions and where appropriate help for free. I don’t like to give away the store because people then don’t value you.
People tend to value free but when it comes to taking up their time when it comes to business they expect to get paid. A weird double standard, right? The important thing then is to not get caught up in it.
Don’t take everything so seriously. Naruto is pretty easy going even though he is gutsy. Out of the million things that happen to you in a day (especially relating to business) maybe five are important and you need to worry or address. The rest, you need to relax and shrug off.
Now if you will excuse me I will go read my manga.
Have a great weekend.
Apr 30 2011
Kim Isaac Greenblatt
All I Need To Learn About Business I Learned From Naruto