What Does Grand Theft Auto V’s Success Mean for a Sequel?

It’s not common for companies to eventually close ongoing support for a product or service in order to shift focus on a better iteration. This is how companies can generate profits while deviating from wasting funds and resources on something that has reached the end of its lifecycle. If a product isn’t selling as much, or isn’t selling at all, it’s time to pull the plug. But what about if a product has maintained vastly impressive sales numbers 4-5 years after its release?

Take Grand Theft Auto V for example. This widely popular sandbox game, which reportedly had a development and marketing budget of $265 million, has far exceeded expectations of even Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive. The game generated $1 billion in sales in just a few days after its release back in September of 2013. Pretty impressive when the game’s online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, wasn’t even released yet. As of the end of May 2017, total sales have reached 80 million copies. It continues to be within the top 10 selling games week after week. However, it’s now the end of August, and so sales of the fifth installment have definitely exceeded the 80 million mark.

Add to the fact that Grand Theft Auto Online has helped the company rack in millions more from its micro-transactions, and it is no wonder Take-Two have decided to allow Rockstar to continue supporting the online portion of the game. According to GameSpot, Grand Theft Auto Online saw the highest recurrent consumer spending in its first fiscal quarter of 2018 (which ended June 30, 2017) in the game’s history. It contributed to the net sales of $418.2 million Take-Two generated for that quarter. There’s no figure on how much in total consumers have spent real world money on the online component of Grand Theft Auto V, but if it’s generating millions for the company, support will be ongoing.

So what does this mean for a potential sequel of the game? It’s hard to tell, as the only thing that was hinted by Rockstar was that developing a game starts with an idea. So if they’re in development of a Grand Theft Auto VI, they’d be drumming up ideas on what kind of story to tell, the type of characters to be included, and the ideal location of the game. There could be several hundred ideas on the board before the team makes a concrete choice before they work on the script. Add to the fact that they are also trying to meet a second quarter of 2018 release deadline of Red Dead Redemption 2, and the hopes of seeing a new Grand Theft Auto seems more far fetched.

Continued Grand Theft Auto Online Support

Rockstar has provided massive support for Grand Theft Auto Online since it went live a month after the game’s release. The single player component of the game already had a immense level of content that was worth the $60 price tag in itself. Rockstar has long been a innovator of compelling storylines in a sandbox world. Though given the success of the online components of Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption, they saw a lot of potential in the online space.

By adding continuous updates to Grand Theft Auto Online, they have added new weapons, missions, multiplayer modes, vehicles, luxury items, and new ways to generate virtual profits, thus giving gamers new and exciting ways to play. By also bringing the hammer down on cheaters, patching out bugs and glitches, and keeping the money making system stable, it’s no wonder why the online suite is nothing like it was at the beginning. If anything, it’s better than ever.

Controversy Sells When Used Right

What is one way that you can get your product in the front of the eyes of millions of potential customers? One way, only if used right, is through controversy. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto games have moments in them that are controversial. They’ve been on the receiving end of lawsuits for years as a result, including one were Lindsay Lohan sued them for having a female character in the game whose face allegedly resembled hers. Despite such setbacks, the controversial elements in their games have been the driving force of their huge profits. Much of what you can do in Grand Theft Auto V is controversial, from robbing banks, conducting prison breaks, trafficking cocaine, and exporting stolen luxury vehicles. A lot of people who play would never do those things in real life, but love to immerse themselves in this virtual world of crime to escape from reality.

Conclusion

Let’s face it, Grand Theft Auto V is selling incredibly well still, and the online portion continues to generate revenue due to its micro-transaction system. If recurrent-consumer spending on the game is higher than it’s ever been, then Take-Two has no reason to push Rockstar to create Grand Theft Auto VI. This is sad news for fans who want to dive into a fresh new sandbox world of the series. But at the end of the day, Rockstar is a business. A business diverts their energy and resources into what is working well for them, and ditches the things that aren’t meeting expectations. Perhaps on the day where the game starts showing its age, the player base starts dying down, and sales start to drop, we’ll finally see the sixth iteration of this widely popular franchise.

 

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Mayweather vs McGregor is a Brilliant Example of Marketing

Millions (including myself) tuned in on August 26th for the mega fight of the year between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. It was a interesting fight to say the least, with things going well for McGregor at the beginning, only for him to get outlasted in the later rounds before getting stopped in the 10th round by Mayweather. To say if anyone who watched got their money’s worth would be up to the opinions of those who saw it. But you can’t deny the amount of money generated from such an event.

According to ESPN, Mayweather was guaranteed $100 million just for showing up to fight. However, depending on Pay-Per-View and ticket sales, as well as endorsements, Mayweather likely racked in between $250 to $300 million from being in the ring for 28 minutes and 5 seconds, which means he could have made up to $178,041.54 per second. McGregor was guaranteed $30 million from showing up, and could have made up to $100 million from Pay-Per-View and ticket sales, as well as endorsements.

That’s an insane amount of money those two made from the match up, and that doesn’t include the amount of money generated overall for the fight itself, which could have been close to the $1 billion mark. Ticket prices were in the low $1,000s and up, with stars like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Charlize Theron, Mike Tyson, LeBron James, and more attending the fight. Pay-Per-View saw massive sales to the point that some viewers had trouble watching from all of the traffic. Las Vegas benefited from Mayweather winning, according to ESPN, as he was a favorite to win with numerous bets on him knocking out McGregor. There was up to $120 million in bets made overall.

Mayweather and McGregor are a Solid Brand

The tremendous amount of money generated could not have been possible without Floyd Mayweather positioning himself as a top of the line boxer and Conor McGregor positioning himself as a top of the line MMA fighter. If you think about it, things really took off for Mayweather after his win over De la Hoya. After the fight, he created Mayweather Promotions, cutting out the middle man so that he can have better control of the money he could make. So instead of receiving $10-$20 million a fight, he was able to make $100+ million a fight. Mayweather knew having business smarts would better excel him to multi-million dollar generating status than just his boxing skills, and he has cashed in ever since.

Conor McGregor’s success came from implementing the law of attraction. In his early years, he was dominating the sport of MMA, but he knew that in order to have massive success, he would have to first believe in and visualize himself achieving that, and then his actions had to reflect on that belief. McGregor was smart about how to position himself during interviews and interacting on social media, which helped to create his humble, confident persona. It was his huge beliefs in success, along with his impressive performance in the octagon, that placed himself as a worthy opponent for Mayweather. He had teased on the idea of facing him early on before it became a reality.

Creating a Compelling Story Around the Event

It was no surprise that the Mayweather vs McGregor match was going to be a huge event, even outdoing the success (financially wise) of the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. It was how the promoters and the fighters positioned the match, going all in to hype fans up of their confrontation. Mayweather had already spent years successfully creating a solid brand behind his name, as had McGregor, and so putting two of the world’s best fighters in their genres in the ring together was music to the fan’s ears. Leading up to the mega fight, the insults and verbal jabs between both camps ensued, and fans shared their thoughts on social media on who they believed would win.

This was an effective marketing tactic in order to hype up the fight and get people talking. Aside from that, the advertisements, video interviews, training sessions, all the way up to the weigh in created excitement. Mayweather’s place in all of this was being one of the greatest pound for pound boxers in sports today, coming out of retirement to give fans what they desired, while McGregor’s place was being the underdog who had much to prove, but believed with confidence that he had what it took to defeat his rival.

 

Three Reasons PlayerUnknown’s Backgrounds Has Generated Massive Popularity

By now, anyone who plays video games or reads up on entertainment has heard of the massively popular game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short. It’s hard not to be aware of this amazing battle royale game. Since it released on Steam in Early Access in March, up until this time of August, it has generated 8 million sales, has become the most watched game on the Twitch streaming service (beating out League of Legends), and has been played for approximately 25,000 plus years, according to a source on Rolling Stone. Pretty impressive for a game that hasn’t even been out for 6 months, and isn’t even fully released.

This has helped the company Bluehole Studios to easily become a multi-million dollar juggernaut in the gaming industry. Within the coming months, at the rate PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is going, the company will easily become a billion dollar company. That will hold true especially when the game releases on Xbox One, and hopefully Playstation 4. So how did such a game gain such massive popularity in such a short time? Here are a few ways it did just that:

They Fine-Tuned The Genre’s Existing Formula

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene had already contributed to another widely popular survival/battle royale game called H1Z1. The gameplay is similar, you start out with nothing, roam around the map to collect weapons and items while killing other players in order to become the last man standing. Though very fun in it’s own right, there’s frequently long drawn out matches where players will camp in one area (like inside a building), refraining from confronting others, and instead using defensive tactics in order to see who flinches first. By using a mechanic in PUBG that makes the play area of the map smaller, it forces players to get out of their comfort zone to fight other players. This means matches don’t take as long as H1Z1, and players can have fun facing off against others more frequently. A win-win for everybody.

They Frequently Expand The Game

Players these days love to play games that receive continuous support and updates to extend the life of the game. The good people at Bluehole have excelled in this department. Their updates have included fixes to numerous game breaking bugs and glitches, upgrades to their servers, new weapons and items, new skins, and new modes. They recently added first-person view focused servers for those who prefer that over third person, and they’re adding a new desert map for a little more variety. Needless to say, with so many people hooked, they will continue to support the game for years to come.

They Stay Engaged With Their Audience

You can have a quality product, but it won’t sell that well if you’re not engaging with your fans. Bluehole especially has managed to address player feedback and issues in a quick fashion. Many bugs and glitches have been patched, and they’re working non-stop to balance the game because they’re listening to their audience. It’s hard not to especially when the game is frequently streamed on Twitch, and with several YouTube videos of the game uploaded from popular influencers. On top of that, Bluehole is pretty active on their social media platforms, including Twitter, in which they thank fans for their support, announce upcoming updates, and respond to messages from players.

Conclusion

The massive success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds mainly falls upon the fact that it took the “Battle Royale” concept and expanded upon it, making it more accessible for veterans of the genre and newcomers. So the moral of the story is, it often takes creating a even better product than your last in order to finally see the success you desire. So first, make sure you provide a product that addresses a need of your audience, and then find out how to expand upon that line. Then once you acquire the success like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has had, make sure to provide continuous support and maintain engagement with your customers.

 

Is the Game of Thrones Budget the Reason for the Shorter Seasons?

Anyone who has checked out my previous blog posts, including how Daenerys built a empire out of nothing, you’ll know how I’m a big fan of the show, and have shared about how a few of the character’s personas, leadership qualities, and outright ambition can be applied to the business world. But now I wanted to share my thoughts regarding, in particular, season seven, and how it defers from the previous seasons. Those who have watched the series from beginning to now know what I’m talking about.

Game of Thrones usually is a slow paced, character and plot driven series, but with the change of pace in season seven, we’re now seeing more action that would probably inspire Michael Bay. Fans of the series, especially those who have been reading the books, have mixed feelings about season seven, with some outraged by the change of pace. Viewers have noticed the several time jumps, faster traveling characters, and character choices that seem out of place. They would rather the writers stick to a realistic logic, and not break their own rules when it suits them.

Fan’s feedback of the show, even negative ones, are justified. It’s when complaints become important so that improvements can be made. But if you look at it from the perspective of the entire crew that’s bringing this world to life, they are producing the series on a budget. That budget has increased over the years as well, which is expected when it’s one of the most popular shows on television today.

Cost Per Episode

According to a source from CNBC, it costs about $10 million per episode to produce, but this was according to a April 2016 print edition of Entertainment Weekly. This means that the cost per episode can very well be above $10 million, especially with the added CGI effects (dragons, white walker bear), props and costumes, the added action sequences, and maybe even the use of real fire. In fact, they set a record of the number of stunt people on fire over any TV show or movie, according to a source on Harper’s Bazaar. There’s also the time factor of how long the fighting scenes are filmed for. For example, the “Beyond the Wall” fighting scene took five weeks to film, according to the crew. Factor in all of this, and the action oriented episodes of season seven cost a huge amount, possibly about $100 million total.

Actors’ Earnings Per Episode

Part of the costs per episode have to do with how much the main characters are generating for each episode. According to a report on Variety, actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau all make an estimated $500,000 per episode, which means they could all each be making $3.5 million for season seven alone. They’re definitely making more than a lot of other big actors on television. When you factor in the earnings of supporting actors, stuntmen, and the several extras then you can see why the costs of production are high.

Marketing Expense

Though I don’t have any figures in terms of marketing, it is still an important part of increasing the show’s popularity. It is likely an expense HBO pays out of its own pocket, which would include advertisements, press releases, branding, and videos for their social media platforms. Depending on the amount of profit they generate from the show (possibly within the couple hundred million range), HBO should be devoting about 7%-10% of their earnings into marketing.

Is the Show’s Budget a Valid Excuse?

They are no doubt investing a great deal of money for this show’s seventh season, but is that a valid enough excuse for the show’s shorter season? This is a show that had long followed good logic and strong plots. However, what we’ve seen in this season are unexplainable time jumps, very fast traveling, questionable character choices, and a very sudden direction on the overall plot. I do understand that they may have a limited budget, but I think they should have found a way to keep it at ten episodes just so we could have a more fleshed out story. If it is true that the final season’s episodes will be almost two hours long each, then they should be able to provide a stronger plot, and amazing conclusion that will make viewers (especially book readers) happy.

Conclusion

Don’t get me wrong, I love Game of Thrones. In fact, I think it’s one of (if not the number one) the best television series of all time. I’m still enjoying the seventh season very much so, and am always reading about all of the fan theories. The creators have done a great job overall with what they’ve created. But in order for them to give viewers such as myself a satisfying conclusion, they will have to go back to the drawing board and recreate what enticed viewers of the show early on in its lifecycle. Just try not to stretch the budget too much while doing so.

 

Three Ways You Can Become a Great Leader Like Jon Snow

Whether you have watched the popular series Game of Thrones or not, you might have heard of Jon Snow. If not, then you should know he’s a fan favorite of the show due to his honesty and humble personality. To be honest, he had a humble beginning. We first knew Jon Snow as the “Bastard Son” of Ned Stark (RIP to him) who joined a military group called the Night’s Watch, serving as a mere grunt to later becoming the “King of the North.”

Jon Snow’s title, though not too important to him, is a position well deserved, as he possesses the necessary qualities to lead, even if he doesn’t listen to his younger sister Sansa Stark from time to time. But all in all, I couldn’t think of a better person to lead the North in the fight against the White Walkers (Game of Thrones’ undead warriors), let alone lead the people to a better way of living.

A few of Jon Snow’s qualities he possesses can be applied to business, or your career in whatever you’re pursuing, whether it’s acting, modeling, philanthropy, or even the military. As you achieve success, there will come a time where you will have to lead a team of your own, and those people will depend on you to help guide them. So here are a few things Jon Snow did in order to become an effective leader:

He Persuaded His Former Enemies to Become Allies

When Jon Snow joined the Night’s Watch, he swore a oath to protect “The Wall” and the North against its foreign enemies, which included the Wildlings. After a fierce battle against them in season four, he reached out and pledged for peace with them. Of course, this was met with resistance among the Wildlings and his Night’s Watch comrades. But Jon Snow knew it was necessary. Sometimes, extraordinary circumstances calls for extraordinary measures. Ultimately, standing by his word that there was a far greater threat is what convinced the two former enemies to align together. Not a easy feat when the two factions had previously been at war against each other for several years.

He Strengthened his Allegiance With the Wildlings

It was one thing getting the new Wilding leader Tormund Giantsbane to side with the Night’s Watch, it was another to get all the rest of them to fully support Jon Snow’s vision. For a partnership to fully work, you have to work hard to nurture the relationship, and actually deliver on your promise. That is what Jon Snow did, when he helped the Wildings leave Hardhome to go south of “The Wall” so they could migrate there, even though fleeing Hardhome costed the lives of some during the White Walkers’ invasion. This also meant that the Night’s Watch would now treat the Wildings like a equal ally, and not as savages. So far, their allegiance has been fruitful, as they managed to eliminate a fierce rival, the Boltons, off the drawing board.

He Proved That the Threat Was Real

Sometimes people aren’t easily convinced off of just words. In this case you have to show others that what you’re saying is the real deal, and that they should get on board. Jon Snow did just that, first when he proved to the Wildings of the White Walker threat, and second when he showed Daenerys Targaryen at the Dragonstone cave of the markings left by the Children of the Forest (another species of living beings). The markings signified that the Children of the Forest and the First Men (human beings) must come together to defeat their “Common Enemy,” which were the Walkers. Daenerys was not convinced that they even existed. On top of that, she had her own agenda which was having Jon bend the knee, take the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister, and rule the Seven Kingdoms. But that’s part of life. Everyone has something that they’re trying to achieve, and so helping one another out can be a great solution if you first show how working together can be a mutually beneficial.

Conclusion

These qualities are what has helped Jon Snow become a great leader, a worthy King of The North, and a beloved character of the series. In the three elements I shared of his rightful doing, he used the art of persuasion to convince the Wildings to work together, he nurtured their partnership, and he showed the reason why aligning with him was at upmost importance. And he did all of this while staying consistent, treating everyone fairly, and remaining humble. These are qualities that a leader should have. If you ever plan to operate your own business, become a sports athlete, or become a famous movie star, you’ll need to learn how to work with others, as well as learn how to lead.

 

6 TV Shows That Lost Steam in the Later Seasons

Millions of people love to watch TV shows for the memorable characters, incredible plot, interesting conflicts, and alluring love interests. I’m one of those people, having watched countless TV shows throughout the years. If you’re like me, you can only imagine the amount of time, effort, and resources it takes to make a show on the small screen truly remarkable.

Or, if you’re looking to develop your own TV show, you maybe wondering how to make sure to keep the quality of your dream show at a good, steady pace. Let’s face it, it’s difficult to remain consistent in anything, even TV shows have that problem. You don’t want a series that’s too short that disappoints viewers who wanted a deeper plot, but you don’t want to drag it out either to bore fans.

You can learn from these six TV shows that eventually dropped in quality overtime whether it was from bad writing, plot holes, or uninteresting characters:

 

Heroes

This show had millions of people talking during the first season’s run through. How could it not when there were amazing characters, a plot that involved them trying to figure out their abilities, finding their place in the world, and fighting to stop a impending time bomb from blowing up a city. This show had everything going for it, until season two hit, which is when the show’s main plots fell under. Characters such as Sylar suffered a identity crisis, and the whole “Save the cheerleader, Save the world” concept from season one became meaningless at the end, when Sylar easily got his hands on Claire at the beginning of season three.

 

Smallville

Who doesn’t like a series about everyone’s favorite supernatural being from Krypton? At some parts, this series followed the comics, with Clark Kent growing up as a farm boy in Smallville, trying to figure out his powers, learn more about his origins, and conduct every action for the greater good without going off the rails. However, since he wasn’t Superman until the end, this series had him interacting with allies of the future Justice League, as well as villains including Brainiac, Doomsday, and of course, Lex Luthor. Some story arcs during of the show fell flat, as the writers stretched the love story between Clark and Lana too far, Doomsday being human and a paramedic wasn’t interesting, and Jimmy Olsen turning out to be Henry James Olsen in season eight was a bit over the top.

 

True Blood

At times, this supernatural series had scenes that were very sexually oriented. Other times, it was a gory pleasure. But anyone who watched this show couldn’t deny how interesting the characters and the area of Bon Temp was. It was a shame though that the writers must have became fatigued in the story material, as after season three, the show sometimes became a pain to watch. From Eric Northman being a goofy, weird grown kid like character in season four, Bill Compton and Russell Eddington’s story arcs falling flat in season five, Terry’s send off, who wasn’t even an important character, lasting over half an episode, and their failure to position Warlow as a strong villain in season six were some of the show’s huge misfires.

 

The Vampire Diaries

Here’s another supernatural vampire series which had a teen high school like persona. There was less gore and more glam than True Blood, but that didn’t stop the writers from putting in death sequences that at times shocked fans. The first three seasons were a blast to watch, but then things turned for the worst come season four, which focused too heavily on everyone helping poor Elena to become human again. Season five and beyond included lackluster villains (except for Kai), continuous plot lines of unnecessary drama, and characters who hated each other having to work together to defeat a greater threat. The biggest issue with the series, was that they did away with the Stefan and Elena love story, as they were a much better match than the Damon and Elena duo.

 

Dexter

There are plenty of crime dramas, but none have the uniqueness that this one has. Who wouldn’t want to watch a serial killer working within the police department as a blood spatter analyst bring his own version of “justice” to other serial killers who slip through the cracks of the justice system? That’s what you got from this show, and it was a pleasure every time someone laid helpless on Dexter’s table awaiting their death sentence. Unfortunately, the show started losing its mojo during season five, where we started seeing less than stellar writing. Season six was when the show really went downhill, as it focused too heavily on religion and Dexter suffering from a identity crisis as he tried to balance between his own beliefs and the Godly beliefs of Brother Sam. Season eight was no better, which had a horrendous plot, uninteresting characters, and one of the most disappointing endings for a otherwise amazing show.

 

The Walking Dead

Out of all of the shows on this list, the Walking Dead gets the most hate. You shouldn’t be surprised, as this is one of (if not number one) the most popular TV series to watch. It’s easy to imagine how much better the series would be if they stuck to a shorter episode count like season one, which still stands as its best season by far. Too often, we’re stuck watching filler episodes that focus on one character, and often times these episodes don’t do much to strengthen the story. Other characters end up being underutilized as a result. Then the writers just love to troll viewers with near death moments like that “Thank You” Glenn scene, and crazy cliffhangers that sometimes make little since. Those moments became common during season four, and haven’t let up since.

Conclusion

Even though these TV shows were running their course in the later seasons, they aren’t necessarily terrible shows. In fact, I’ve enjoyed all six of these series. Even though it’s easy to look from the viewer’s eyes on the quality of a show, it’s hard to look through the lenses of the people who are making the stories, characters, and worlds come to life. Even though these shows all have in common the fact that they lost steam later in their lifecycles, what they also have in common is the fact that they started out strong in the beginning. So if you ever plan to produce or direct a TV series of your own, make sure you deliver in the quality department of your material. It’s easy to captivate the eyes of viewers if your story and characters are great enough, but it’s just as easy to lost those people should you deviate from the formula you used that worked in the beginning.

 

How Cersei and Daenerys’ War Relates to Dealing With Loss

We’re midway into season 7 of Game of Thrones, one of the most popular shows on television. For those watching, you know the pacing of the show has picked up more so than usual. Where we still have a lot of scenes that are focus on character and plot development, other scenes are in relations to the war itself. And man, has it been a gruesome one.

With Cersei Lannister of King’s Landing drawing first blood, Daenerys Targaryen dealt with the aftermath of losing key allies, but her retaliation has led to Cersei losing a lot of her soldiers. It is war after all, and so casualties are expected. But if you look at it from a different perspective, there are a few key reasons why suffering losses such as what these two have dealt with can relate to what anyone can lose when pursuing their dreams. Here are those key reasons:

Being on Top Involves Taking Risks

You can choose a life where you can live comfortably, work a 9 to 5, and go home daily only to rinse and repeat. It’s this type of repetition that can lead to boredom overtime. Or, choosing the path of entrepreneurship, becoming a singer, pursuing acting, or becoming a successful influencer can give you a wealth of options should you make it to the top. However, pursuing your dreams means taking a risk. Anywhere in your journey to stardom, you could lose a lot money as well as time, sometimes because of the people who come against you.

Look at Daenerys and how she built an empire out of nothing, but is now in the biggest fight of her life, to take the Iron Throne from Cersei. One of her allies she lost in the ongoing war, the Tyrells, had massive wealth and food, which the Lannisters seized in a calculated invasion to pay off their own debt. But this is a loss that one can expect when taking such a risk to become the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

Others Will Always Try to Bring You Down

You don’t owe the world anything, but it may seem like the world wants to see you fail. Through any part of your journey, when someone sees your potential, or has seen your achievements, they may want a piece of it for themselves, even if it means taking you down. That is the case with Cersei. Though she’s done some cruel things, such as blow up the Sept of Baelor to obliterate the Sparrows and Tyrells, she’s lost all of her children and her father.

Now that she’s the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, she has fierce competition, Daenerys, who believes she has the right to claim the Iron Throne. And although her latest attack on the Lannister army gave her a much needed victory, Cersei did receive the gold her army took from the Tyrells to pay off her debt. And although much of her army was ravaged, she still may have a trick or two up her sleeve that she could use against the Targaryen rival. In business, sometimes you will deal with loss due to competition, so it’s up to you on how you handle it, as it could lead to gaining more than what you lost.

You Get Hit With Something You Never Expected

Achieving your dreams is never easy. If it was easy to build a multi-million dollar company, be a fierce pop star like Beyonce, or be the Mother of Dragons like Daenerys, then everyone would do it. During your path to success, problems will occur, and some may have a big impact on your progress. Unfortunately, problems always seem to turn up unexpectedly, costing you time, money, and/or even possibly key people who once supported you.

In Daenerys’ case, she got hit with an unexpected blow. With Cersei’s alliance to Euron Greyjoy, house Dorne and most of the Greyjoys who supported Yara and Theon are gone, and their naval fleet crippled. The Tarly house siding with the Lannisters, along with their smart decision to attack Highgarden, has led to Daenerys losing the Tyrell alliance, and the valuable gold and food. These are heavy losses for her, and unfortunately, she never expected those situations to play out the way they did. You can have a in depth plan that you’re very confident in, and you might see results at the beginning. But then extraordinary circumstances take place that almost derails your progress.

Conclusion

Though a lot I’ve shared has been in relations to Game of Thrones, Cersei and Daenerys’ conflict has similarities to what you may deal with when working to achieve success. Though you won’t be taking a army to war (I hope not), you will face opposition and circumstances that are out of your control. Once you make it to the spotlight, or acquire some fortunes, you become a target. It’s human nature for some people who want to see you fail, and may even orchestrate a plan for your demise. But if you’re truly in it for the long haul, then you’ll know how to deal with opposition, and handle it accordingly. Just don’t burn a ton of people in the process.

 

3 Ways to Build a Empire Like Daenerys Targaryen

If you’ve watched a lot of Game of Thrones like I have, then you’re already familiar with who Daenerys Targaryen is. After all, she holds many titles, including the “Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea,” the “Breaker of Chains,” and her most popular one, the “Mother of Dragons.” For those who don’t know who she is, let’s just say she’s a fierce leader of a couple of massive armies and a few large dragons, with the goal to conquer the land of Westeros (the show’s world).

Though it sounds like Daenerys has it all, it didn’t start that way for her. In the beginning, she was a slave that was traded by her brother Viserys Targargen to a Drothraki (one of the show’s factions) prince named Khal Drogo, in a attempt to receive an army so he could rule Westeros. Fast forward to season seven, here are a list of her biggest accomplishments:

  • She abolished slavery, setting the people of multiple large cities free from slavers
  • She amassed two large armies to fight for her cause
  • She constructed a loyal counsel who supports her vision
  • She brought peace and order to a slave induced city

Not bad for someone who started out as a slave herself right? But it wasn’t a easy road for Daenerys. She dealt with resistance, betrayal, and multiple attempts on her life. Yet through it all, she built a empire out of nothing, while standing as one of the strongest characters on the show.

Even though Daenerys is a TV show character, the journey she took to get to the top is not different from yours. That said, here are some ways she became the “Protector of the Realm:”

She Inspired Others With Her Message

Daenerys wanted to make it clear to everyone that her actions were for the good of the people. For one, being a traded as a slave herself, she couldn’t bare to live in a world where people had to serve masters against their will, thus her to reason for getting rid of the practice. More importantly, with her message of being the Mother of Dragons and the rightful ruler of Westeros spread through the realm, she used that to negotiate terms, influence others to support her cause, and punish those who went against her belief of a better world.

She Set Objectives That Supports Her Goal

Daenerys’ main goal is to sit on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros, but to get there has been easier said than done. Though her end goal is still up in the air, she has done a lot in the process. One of the armies Daenerys acquired, the Unsullied, involved her negotiating the trade of one of her dragons, in which she in turn burned the leader and all of the slavers of Astapor. She influenced a man named Darrio Naharis to bring 2,000 mercenaries called the Second Sons by her side to take another city, called Yunkai, from slavers.

That same man, along with her armies, helped take over yet another city called Mereen, the city where she later brought peace and order for (with help of her supporters of course). Then later in the series, she negotiated with Theon and Yara Greyjoy to acquire ships to go to Westeros, and other houses allied with her in the process. All of this took time, intelligence, and perseverance in order to prepare for her biggest goal yet.

She Surrounded Herself With the Right People

To accomplish such a feature like acquiring the Iron Throne, let alone ruling a entire continent, cannot be done by one’s self. Daenerys knew that. It’s easier to build a empire when you have people who believe in you. Daenerys first had to prove that she was worth following, so she got unwavering support from Khal Drogo, and the Dothraki soon followed. With her proving that she was a true Targaryen by not being burnt by flames, more people followed her. Then even more people followed her after successfully freeing slaves and taking out evil monarchs. This, and other factors, brought in new supporters, including key people like Sir Barristan Selmy, Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, Varys, Melisandre, and now Jon Snow. With these supporters, and their expertise in diplomacy, politics, and military tactics, Daenerys has been able to grow in power and influence, while being a serious contender for the Iron Throne.

Conclusion

So now you know a few things that helped Daenerys Targaryen to build her empire after starting out with nothing. However, all of this wouldn’t have been possible if she wasn’t confident in her own ability to lead, or if her actions didn’t bring forth positive change for others. With that, she changed her entire situation, and so can you. Perhaps you’re working on building your own empire with limited capital and no network. Now you have this article to help motivate you to also get out there and take action. You might not become the Mother of Dragons, or the Breaker of Chains, but you can become a star of your own brand, or a owner of your own multi million dollar corporation.