“Your Input Determines Your Output” And Other Business Lessons Learned from Watching Anime

In case you didn’t know, I watch a lot of anime. So it’s no surprise that my passion for magical girls, epic battles and quests would seep into how I operate my business. Now, I know what you’re thinking- “Jacque, what do cartoons have to do with anything??” – but trust me on this one! Running your own business takes a lot of mental energy. After a while your thinking starts to shift and you see business lessons and opportunities in everything you do/hear. Here are just a few of the lessons I’ve gained from revisiting my favorites!

Fullmetal Alchemist – The Law of Equivalent Exchange

In Fullmetal Alchemist the characters often refer to the first rule of alchemy- equivalent exchange. Equivalent exchange means you can’t gain anything without first giving up something of equal value.

In other words, your input determines your output. Sometimes when I’m feeling frustrated or stagnant, I think back on this rule and check myself. Am I really giving the effort necessary and sacrificing the time/money it takes to produce the kind of results I want?

Tiger & Bunny – It’s Never Too Late to Make a Comeback

In a world where superheros have corporate sponsorships and are ranked based on popularity (kind of like online influencers), Wild Tiger’s fame has been declining with his advanced age. His sponsors ditch him and instead he’s paired with a younger hero (“Bunny”) and forced to work as a team. Although the pairing is less than ideal, the two learn to work together and in the end they become great, and super popular, heroes.

Sometimes when we fail, or when we feel down and out, that doesn’t mean we should give up. That’s not some sign to resign yourself to a life you know you weren’t meant for. Sometimes we need those low periods to humble us, make us hungry and get us ready for an amazing comeback! I should know. I’ve shuttered an online shop in the past, only to launch an even better one!

Sailor Moon – Your Flaws Won’t Always Hinder Your Greatness

We live in a world that is constantly telling us to be better, be more, and be different than who we are. Nothing wrong with growth, but there are often flaws we have that we can’t change, and maybe we shouldn’t, because they make us who we are. In Sailor Moon, Usagi is a crybaby, immature, and clumsy.

And guess what? She still saves the world time and time again.

I also have not-so-ideal traits that I thought would hinder me. My awkwardness, my goofiness, my affinity for all things cute. Now all of those things help my business grow! Moral of the story? You don’t have to act or look a certain way to be successful.

 Have you learned business lessons from an unconventional source? Share in the comments below!

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  • I love the last part. We are perfectly imperfect and that is what helps us stand out. You never know who will resonate with you and your quirky ways, which can become your perfect niche market.