My Inc. article today “Want to Succeed as an Entrepreneur? Learn This One Lesson From ‘The Martian’,” begins
Want to Succeed as an Entrepreneur? Learn This One Lesson From ‘The Martian’
Think The Martian was about solving technology problems? Those were the details. You missed the big picture that ties it all together.
Though engineers and space aficionados probably loved The Martian, entrepreneurs had the most to love and learn. We got the forest. Everyone else got trees.
It wasn’t special effects. It wasn’t references to getting to Mars sooner or feeling like you were there.
In fact, the most exciting parts–where Matt Damon’s character solved each engineering challenge, handling the teamwork challenges of rescuing him, the space walks–only built the foundation for the story’s biggest lesson. Most viewers didn’t notice it.
The biggest lesson is this:
No matter how much you’ve prepared, when you’re off the well-traveled path where everyone knows the next step because nearly everyone does it, you have to face and solve problem after problem after problem that you could never have foreseen.
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