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.
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.