Cartoon characters have been adored by the public. We have all watched cartoons on TV when we were young and some people watch even at an older age. In some cases they have been a source of inspiration. Even for the business sector. Can cartoons teach entrepreneurship lessons? Of course they can. It is a microcosm that passes messages that are not unnoticed. Some entrepreneurs have been inspired by cartoons in terms of their business, while others have been motivated by the character of some cartoons to make their dreams come true. Let’s look at some examples.
Bugs Bunny: The animated cartoon character was created in the late 1930s. Bugs Bunny is a grey and white rabbit but moves like a human being. It is the world’s most famous rabbit. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros. According to a survey published in 2018, Bugs Bunny is the most popular cartoon in the US. According to published information, Bugs Bunny was an inspiration for Indian- American entrepreneur Naval Ravikant to create his company’s logo named AngelList. More specifically, Bugs Bunny’s white hands made Ravikant to decide and create a white-gloved hand giving a peace sign.
SpongeBob: It is an animated comedy character who gets involved into adventures with his aquatic friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob can give some significant business lessons to entrepreneurs such as the importance of originality and also the importance of hiring the best employees. These two characteristics apply for Mr Krabs and the way he runs his fast food restaurant, the Krusty Krab. It is in this restaurant that SpongeBob works as a fry cook.
Scooby Doo: It is an American animated franchise comprising many animated television series produced from 1969 to the present. Jon Stein is an American fintech entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairman of Betterment. Do Stein and Scooby Doo have anything in common? In an interview Jon Stein stated about Scooby Doo that although he constantly gets into trouble, still finds time to solve the case. So, Stein seems to act like Scooby Doo when Betterment is about to cause “trouble” in financial products market.
Wile E. Coyote: The constantly hungry Coyote makes an effort to catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner, but is successful (in catching the Road Runner, not eating it) only on extremely rare occasions. Tony Jamous, a tech entrepreneur is a fan of Wile E. Coyote. He admires in Wile E. Coyote his mind and totally positive, innovative and persistent approach to doing things right. After all, entrepreneurship requires persistence and consistent effort in order to achieve your goals.
Daffy Duck: Duffy Duck is an animated cartoon character created by Warner Bros. He is styled as an anthropomorphic black duck. His two main characteristics are the irritable character and his selfishness. Should businessmen have these two characteristics in their character or should they be more calm and leave their ego behind? In any case, many businessmen would find that they have many commons in their character with Duffy Duck. No wonder cartoons mimic reality.
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