Last week, when I wrote and published "Lessons from Breaking Bad," I had a feeling that it wasn't my usual sort of posting here at examiner. It was more of a set of anti-lessons in What Not To Do if you find yourself in desperate shoes similar to Walter White, the lead character in TV's recently ended hit show Breaking Bad.
I'm happy to report that I have received some positive feedback on that posting, despite its downbeat focus on mistakes to avoid.
At the risk of pushing my luck in this vein, there are a few more lessons that occurred to me after publication.
Be careful how you use your gifts - Walter White had a gift for Chemistry. He was well educated, had vast knowledge, and he had high standards. These talents were on display when he cooked such a high grade of product that it attracted the attention of the global drug trade. Imagine the good he might have done if he had turned those same skills in a positive direction.
Be a mentor - Walter White recruited young ne'er-do-well Jesse Pinkman to be his apprentice. Normally a mentor would guide and teach his protege, leading him on a path of career advancement. Unfortunately White manipulated Jesse, lied to him, and pushed him deep into horrible crimes. This was as lurid a portrait of an anti-mentor as you are likely to find.
Take care of your loved ones - Throughout his criminal spree, Walter White continually said that he was doing it for his family. Only in the final episode, after his family had cast him out of their lives, did he admit that it was all a lie. "Oh what a tangled web" he had made to avoid facing the truth of his own selfishness.
Though your chances of descending as far as Walter White did are probably quite slim, I offer these lessons as sober food for thought. Though these economic times may get very tough, keep these things that Walter White did on your Not To Do list.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Wednesday October 9, 2013.
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better (forthcoming), will provide leaders with a guide to navigating through organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon