The Underwoods Are Back: 5 Lessons To Learn From 'House Of Cards'
Friday night only means four things: My neck, my back, my Netflix and my snacks.
Yup, it's prime time for a Netflix binge, and to tune into the third and new season of "House of Cards." I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
For those of you who have yet to be exposed to such greatness, "House of Cards" is the American remake of the 1990s British show that takes political scandal and corruption to, of course, Washington, DC.
Now, before you read on, I will be so courteous as to tell you there are spoilers ahead, so you have been warned.
To begin, badass Kevin Spacey plays House Majority Whip Francis Underwood.
After learning that he won't be appointed to a coveted Cabinet position, he, along with his equally ambitious wife, Claire, plan revenge on the administration that he helped elect.
And believe me, it gets so nasty that you won't be able to look away.
Underwood is a merciless mofo whom you don't want to mess with, and all of his manipulation, backstabbing and scheming just makes for an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Now, we're up to the end of season two, where he becomes the US President. So, season three is bound to be even more epic, as takes his ruthlessness to a global scale.
In celebration of the comeback of such a great show, here are some lessons we learned throughout the first two seasons that will hopefully motivate you to keep up with the everyday hustle:
"Friends make the worst enemies."
It's like the old saying goes, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." While I'm all about friends, just remember not to blindly trust people.
Try to keep their motives in mind before you start spilling too many personal things about yourself that could later bite you in the ass. Everyone likes you until you become competition.
“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”
We all have to start from somewhere. If you're starting from the bottom, make goals to work your way up the ladder.
It's not easy; but just remember, no one succeeded without plenty of failures along the way.
“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”
Whether it's from your job situation, a relationship, family issues or anything else in between, we feel all sorts of pain in our lives.
But, you should use your pain as a way to build you up rather than tear you down. Remember to always embrace life events as lessons, never as failures.
“From this moment on, you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing and nothing breaks you.”
It's a cruel world out there.
Peter Pan knew that and that's why he never grew up.
But, for those of us who don't have the luxury of living out our lives in Neverland, remember that the tougher you are, the less personally you take things.
The more you can separate what you can control from what you can't, the more resilient you'll become. This allows you to handle any curve ball that life throws your way.
“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted.”
I can only detail this quote with another quote by author Christopher McDougall.
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. "It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle — when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
It's all about survival of the fittest. Now, work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.