Great writers are the ones who say the great quotes that we are all always retweeting. So what lessons from famous novels can be applied to the entrepreneur?
Sure, a lot of writers might be considered unconventional in their methods, but they’re successful in the work they create, and most importantly they enjoy it. Whether you’re starting up or considering going freelance, taking a lesson from these novels will be one of the best decisions you make.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road tells the story of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty as they travel around America with virtually no money and just some spiritualism leading them. The story of the ‘rebellious’ baby boom children shows how the 9-5 job was not desirable; and they became the ultimate freelancers (maybe a bit too free) by working on the road and enjoying the journey rather than the destination.
The big lesson here for entrepreneurs is remember yourself in all the mayhem of setting up a new business and enjoy the process. However manic it might be, you should keep yourself at the heart of it. Your business should act as an extension of your personality. Your individuality is the appeal for your customers!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Every company is an amalgamation of you and your business skills. So how it goes is up to you. Frankenstein’s monster searches for a parental figure, which he does not find in Frankenstein. As a result, he gets a bit mad and murder ensues. To avoid this scenario – nourish your company! Be as involved as possible in every process. You might not be able to do everything yourself, but it doesn’t mean you can’t know what’s going on.
No matter how big or intimidating your company gets; as the creator you control it, and you push the brand. The same goes for freelancers; if you’re outsourcing areas of your business, then make sure you check up on how their doing. We’re not calling your company Frankenstein’s monster, but if you don’t treat it right, it might just turn into it!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s all big parties and champagne until you realise it’s the prohibition and you’re a bootlegger, and all your money is illegal and the woman of your dreams doesn’t actually love you because you’re a big phony.
Ok, this might not be entirely true. But we’re not lying about the big parties and champagne. You don’t want to celebrate your fortune before you’ve acquired it, so keep your finances sensible. Before you buy those cashmere jumpers and caviar, remember that a business is a working progress, and just because you’ve started one, it doesn’t mean you’re instantly rich.
Keep working hard and you’ll reap the rewards! In the meantime, remember that you’re on a shoestring budget. Gatsby’s journey to the American Dream doesn’t end particularly well, so be a little bit more cautious when you give it a go!
Are there any other novels that give vital business tips? Which is your favourite and which novel have you learnt most from? Leave your comments in the section below!