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.
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.