3 fictional characters who teach us valuable entrepreneurial lessons

  • Lateral thinking and capitalizing on the scenario – Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter franchise):

Fred and George always displayed a flair for practical joke objects, much to their mother’s apprehension. Finally, they get funded by Harry who gave them his Triwizard Tournament earnings as their startup capital.

These twins are J.K. Rowling’s instrument for depicting the power of humour in the most dire of situations. It’s quite inspiring really, how these boys capitalize on the You-Know-Who fear doing the rounds. They open a Joke Shop in Diagon Alley and start selling items enchanted to perform pranks and practical jokes in a time of despair and Voldy-terror. While they make a juicy profit from items like Extendable Ears and Love Potions, the Ministry themselves order huge quantities of Shield Gloves and Hats!

Quite singularly these boys have displayed the knack that sets successful entrepreneurs apart – the ability to gauge the opportunity in a situation where they could use the socio-political scene to their advantage.

  •  Get out of your comfort zone – Bruce Wayne (Batman Incorporated)

Grant Morrison had one of the most defining runs on the Batman comic series. One of the path-defining ideas he came up with was Bruce Wayne incorporating Batman Inc. and providing trained Batmen to every country.

DC was revamping all the storylines and pop-culture’s most beloved hero had to go global to sustain his identity. Batman’s premise is Gotham. With all its psychopaths and criminals and super-villains, it’s his city. His comfort zone.  To get out of it required him to go to the beginning of time and return to defeat a God.

As an entrepreneur, the takeaway here is that you don’t need to defeat Darkseid to get out of your comfort zone. Recognise that you always have a comfort zone and make a continuous effort to expand it. Think as global as possible. Today’s people are more of a community than any before it.

And oh… about the story – audacious as it sounds, he’s Batman.

  • Systems thinking and tracing the problem to its root- John Galt (Atlas Shrugged)

Atlas Shrugged is the magnum opus of Ayn Rand, one of the most radical and influential thinkers of our time. The protagonist, John Galt is the symbol of human potential and fulfilment.

Having left the society because he couldn’t adjust to its collectivist thinking, he spends years along with his two close friends Francisco D’Anconia (a productive genius masquerading as a playboy) and Ragnar Danneskjold (a philosopher forced to be a pirate) organizing a revolution by ‘stopping the motor of the world’.

He keeps recruiting the innovators of the generation into a ‘perfect’ community of individualistic splendour. This community is kept secret and civilization slowly starts noticing their absence. It is through John Galt’s speech towards the ending that Ayn Rand puts across her philosophy of Objectivism.

This guy builds a new society itself, with gold as the only money. We encourage you to read the book to understand the extent to which John Galt dissects the problems in his dystopian collectivist society and encourages cross-synergy in his community of Strikers.


K.R.S Rao

K.R.S.Rao is a writing and entrepreneurship enthusiast. Having previously worked in the founding teams of TEDxChristUniversity and Startup Festival, he has a fascination with the human condition along with a weakness for stories and games in all forms.