An entrepreneur is always scouting for opportunities to learn. Now there is a misconception about learning that it restricts it to formal education. Unfortunately, educated is confused with learned. Entrepreneurs are best at breaking this stereotype. Especially, in today’s competitive world the process of self improvement has to become an obsession. Taking this spirit in our hearts, let us learn a few things from those beyond our industry. A writer, a comedian, a TV anchor and an occasional actor. Yes, we are talking about John Oliver. Now we know he is no entrepreneur but there sure is a thing or two you can learn from him about the entrepreneurial journey.

Being Unsure

“While making of the show, amidst a dedicated team of more than 50 people, John was just about the only person who was nervous and unsure about handling his occasional anchoring stint on the famous, The Daily Show”, said Tim Carvell, Head Writer for the show. After reading this, it seems being nervous is not such a bad thing after all. The elevated heart rate, the anxiousness; being nervous is not a fun sensation. But the good news is nervousness is a side effect of change and as we know, change is something entrepreneurs want to make happen.

Work Cures All

Only a handful of people know, John Oliver has always been a workaholic. He used to come back from long shoots at three in the morning and yet turn up early the next day to improvise; not to mention he did it all happily. Hard work pays off. You must be thinking; how does that help me? It does! Entrepreneurs are known to work 24 hours a day, but doing it the right way and being happy about it is what really makes the difference. So make sure you channelize your energy into the right direction and do what makes you truly happy.

The Right Branding

If you have seen Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump, you know exactly how important is your brand’s name. From pitching “Breaking News on a Weekly Basis” to “Summary of Last Week”, after a long discussion he came up with the name that brought him glory, “Last Week Tonight”. If he would have settled for anything less than perfect, we don’t really know how would have that ended up for him. Now we know how important branding is for your startup.

Great entrepreneurs are great observers. If you have ever observed him, you must know how he constantly improves his choices of words and topics. It is time you start learning a little from this revolutionary comedian and approach your business as a craft and work continuously to improve your performance and approach.

February 15, 2016

Breaking Barriers: Learnings from John Oliver

An entrepreneur is always scouting for opportunities to learn. Now there is a misconception about learning that it restricts it to formal education. Unfortunately, educated is […]
February 9, 2016

Entrepreneurial Lessons from Breaking Bad

The popular TV series, Breaking Bad could be a fast learning lesson for entrepreneurs across the world. The show is dark, gritty, funny and indulging in […]
February 5, 2016

Indian Startups shine at Asia Leaders’ Summit 2016

3 out of 4 Indian Startups were supported by NASSCOM 10,000 Startups New Delhi, 5th February 2016: In order to build a robust, dynamic community of […]
February 1, 2016

Nasscom 10,000 start-ups organises first ever techathon in kochi

Initiative to help empower software developers & programmers Kochi, February 1st, 2016- To stimulate and empower the new age software developers, The National Association of Software […]