5 Rules of Business According to Breaking Bad
2) Choose Your Partners Wisely
“A month ago, Gus was trying to kill both of us, and now he pulls you out of the lab and employs you as ... what? An assistant gunman? A tough guy? Does that make any sense to you? He says he sees something in you. What kind of game is he playing?”
– Walter White
Although Walt saw dollar signs from his partnerships with Tuco Salamanca and Gustavo Fring, respectively, he eventually learned a tough lesson: some people make for bad business. Chances are you won’t be signing the dotted line with deranged madmen, but it’s always important to work with like-minded individuals. For instance, is there a mutual respect? Are you both working toward the same goals? If not, move on.
3) Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goals
“Just because you shot Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.”
– Mike Ehrmantraut
Power is Walt’s own “crystal blue persuasion.” As previously mentioned, he enters the meth business with his family in mind. But Walt’s quest for relevance muddies his original intent. Even before Walt turns the “growing Gus problem” to his favor, he just can’t help himself during an exchange with his Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. Walt can’t stand the idea of someone else receiving credit for his work. So instead of letting Hank believe Gale Boetticher is the mastermind chemist behind the blue meth market, Walt draws attention to a chemical process recorded in Gale’s lab notes. Let’s leave it at the initials “W.W.” In business, certain situations require a fearless attitude; however, humility provides balance.
4) Build Your Reputation
“That’s right. Now say my name.”
– Walter White
Everyone wants a piece of the elusive Heisenberg—whether it’s to work with him or stay out of his way (unless they’re DEA agents). But, for now, many are clinging to a sketch of a man sporting dark shades and a porkpie hat. While Walt doesn’t always rely on conventional strategies to get ahead, he has succeeded in cultivating a reputation as master chemist and merciless drug kingpin. Still, he gets sloppy at times, and the things that “needed to be done” seem less urgent. Do you want to be known as an unreliable and unmotivated employee? It’ll definitely cost you that promotion or raise you’ve been eyeing up.