We found several business lessons on the hit Netflix show that you can apply in your everyday life.
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Cobra Kai Without a doubt, it became the success no one expected in 2020. The series, which continues the Karate Kid saga, premiered on YouTube Red two years ago, but thanks to its arrival in Netflix that the program plays the main role Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) has become the most visited at the moment.
The show has numbers to prove it. According to the latest hearing report from consulting firm Nielsen Cobra Kai surpassed the streaming audience of even expected films like Mulan.
Personally, I really like this new installment in the Karate Kid saga and decided to ask the Cobra Kai Latin America group what their favorite phrases from the series were. Beyond the mantra “Hit first, hit hard, no mercy” From the Cobra Kai Dojo (which I personally think will change in the coming seasons) we found several business lessons on the show that you can apply in your daily life.
(Spoilers for the first two seasons of the series)
1. Silence! – Johnny Lawrence
Sometimes the noise of the world makes us focus on the urgent and let the important happen. The real Cobra Kai Sensei’s wake up call can be a collective call that we can make to organize our minds and even let out frustrations.
2. There is no pain in this dojo – Johnny Lawrence
This mantra, which John Kreese taught his “cobras”, can be very harmful when misaligned. A business owner knows he needs to listen to signals from his body (and business) to know when to stop. However, this phrase can also get you moving when you need to set a goal and take that extra step to fight back.
3. If I’m especially hard on you, it’s because you have the ability to be better than me. – Johnny Lawrence to Miguel Díaz
One of the most interesting arcs on the series is how Sensei Lawrence realizes that he really doesn’t like that his top student isn’t compassionate. In other words, Johnny made Miguel his own picture, but he didn’t like what he saw. A great person recognizes his mistakes, the parts he needs to improve, and accepts that he has to work to be better for the world and for himself.
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4. That’s just black paint on a white wall – Johnny Lawrence
This is where Johnny definitely breaks with Kreese’s dogma and understands that it’s okay to show compassion from time to time.
I like this particular phrase because it shows that it is possible and completely valid to change your mind even if you have believed in something for decades.
5. It doesn’t matter if you are a loser, a nerd or a freak. The only thing that matters is that you get tough – Johnny Lawrence to his students.
I love this phrase from Johnny because it shows that everyone deserves to be the owner of their own narrative and to build their person beyond what the rest of the world might think. If you didn’t have to respond to the idea others have about you, who would you dare to be?
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6. It’s not the haircut or the tattoo on the back, it’s a way of life. You just have to feel the energy and live in the moment – Hawk
Going on with the previous point, there is no external change worthwhile if it doesn’t result from a change in attitude and perspective. If you want to change what happens to you, you have to transform the things you do to get different results.
7. I can’t always win, but I never finish a fight. – Johnny Lawrence
Even if circumstances speak against you, the only thing that is unacceptable is to let fear paralyze you (as Mr. Miyagi said at the time).
8. We were enemies one day, Cobra Kai is for life – Hawk to Miguel
I like this phrase because it shows that personal differences don’t matter. When you have a common goal, team comes first. This is why it is important to have a mission and vision so that team members know what and why they are working.
9. When negative feelings overwhelm you, you should look for the good in yourself – Daniel LaRusso to Robby Keene
That phrase about finding balance in yourself in the midst of adversity seems extremely relevant to me in a year like 2020 when the bad news doesn’t stop coming. It is everyone’s responsibility to find out what motivates them and to look after their mental and emotional health in order to fight one more day.
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10. You have something more important, friend: time – Tommy to Johnny
We often despair because the past haunts us or we have the feeling that we have not achieved what each of us expects when we still have the most important resource: time. There is no money, no connections, and no ingenuity to counter the power of experience and commitment to make something go right.
11. Don’t worry about your past mistakes, don’t let them determine your future – Carmen to Johnny
Salvation is a central theme of this series, especially when it comes to Johnny’s story. I like this sentence from Carmen because it reminds us that we ourselves can often be the toughest judges in our history and that we have our hands full to receive the future if we don’t let go of the past.
12. Cobra Kai never dies – Central sentence of the series
In the end we start over and nothing ends until we decide.
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