Unless you’ve lived under a rock the past week or so then you know Game of Thrones Season 4 debuted this past weekend. I’m another bandwagoner as I didn’t enjoy the show when it first came out. It really wasn’t until I gave it another opportunity that I began to appreciate it.
I enjoy pulling lessons out of everyday things, or things I enjoy…especially when it comes to making more money and Game of Thrones is no different. While I could use things like “A Lannister always pays his debts” or “Winter is coming” as a quote to pick out, I choose another option, one of my more favorite characters – Bronn.
Bronn spends the better part of a season as the commander of the City Watch, but he really has come to be known as Tyrion’s sarcastic personal guard and comrade. How can Bronn help you sprout wealth? It’s very simple really, and you don’t have to watch the show (although I think you really should) to grasp the lessons.
Always Look for Opportunities
The first time we meet Bronn is when he steps up for Tyrion at The Eyrie in the Vale. I’ll spare you the details behind the scene; suffice it to say that everyone at The Eyrie is against Tryion. He had been held prisoner there and was in a position of needing to fight for his life.
Needing someone to assist him as he’s a “dwarf,” Bronn steps up to take on his fight. We’ll see later that this wasn’t completely altruistic as he believed Tyrion would handsomely compensate him. That aside, Bronn did not let the odds scare him. He saw an opportunity and did his best to grab it.
We can do the same thing in many ways today by volunteering for new jobs at work, exploring different avenues for side hustles, and teaching ourselves something new so we can turn it into a money making opportunity now or in the future.
Know Your Worth
Soon after the above mentioned scene, Tyrion and Bronn are walking away when Tyrion calls Bronn his friend. Bronn is taken back a bit as he views it as simply an exchange of his protection for money from Tyrion. This brings on, in my opinion at least, a classic quote from Tyrion:
”Oh, ‘enhances.’ Fancy word for a sellsword.”
Simply put, Bronn knows the value he provides and it has a certain worth. He knows that families like the Lannisters are targets. As they’re targets, the require protection and that is something he is willing and able to offer. We find out later in the series that Bronn asks for a raise and he gets it.
We can apply this same philosophy in many ways today, such as:
- Asking for a raise from your employer
- Raising your prices, when justified, as a freelancer
- Offering new services to current clients in order to increase revenue
The key in this is to have reasoning behind why you want a raise or whatever else it is you’re wanting. Going to a client and saying you want to raise rates because you’ve worked for them for “X” number of months will get you nowhere. Instead, give them quantifiable reasons why they should agree to raising your rates. Not only will it increase your chances of success, but it’ll help you stand out to them as a value – all of which is important to making more in the long run.
Bronn’s character exudes confidence, but there is one scene in particular where this stands out. It’s in Season Two before Stannis Baratheon is about to storm King’s Landing. Bronn gets into a verbal altercation with The Hound (great name I know ;-)) who is half again his size. Does Bronn stand down, no! In fact, he doesn’t allow the size difference to intimidate him, but points to how he would overcome a potential battle.
We should take the same approach to earning more money and finding opportunities. It can be very easy to allow fear to hold us back, especially in trying new things. Don’t let that be an excuse. Instead, view them as opportunities to confidently learn something new that will put you on the road to bigger and better things. I know you won’t see success in every new attempt or venture, but the path of growing your wealth is paved with finding those opportunities and using them to your benefit. Even when you fail, you learn lessons that you can apply to be successful in the future. In that way, there’s something of value to find in every new venture.
Are you a Game of Thrones viewer? What money lessons have you pulled from it? If not, what are some other uncommon sources of money wisdom you use?
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