Reflections on Netflix’s Self-Made {spoiler alert}

Netflix’s self-made was released last month as a limited series inspired by the life and times of Madam C.J Walker. Watch here (While watching you have to remember that it is inspired-by so the full narrative shouldn’t be taken as fact)

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN GO WITH YOU

Attend any fireside chat with a founder, and you will hear questions about their personal lives, their relationships, and how these were all affected by their obsession with their business. Not everyone will understand, some will be around for a season or a reason.

But here you have a woman who insisted on taking her family along for the journey regardless of whether they liked it or not. There were scenes to make you cringe and reflect on times you may have had your blinders on, so much that you forget to make the packed lunch or be home at the time you promised.

As an entrepreneur, there can be times that you question if it’s all worth it (and only you can answer that), but more than anything, if you get to the core at some level, you are doing this for those you love so never forget that.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO SEE PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE, NOT WHO YOU WANT THEM TO BE

It’s very easy as we dive into spaces of personal growth and enlightenment to push that onto others. All of a sudden, you are the exhausting friend who is always recommending some book or podcast when your friends want to enjoy a bottomless brunch. We dream big dreams for those we love, but we must remember that we love them because of who they are and choose to be.

Watching Madam C.J Walker try to gather her daughter and tuck her into her ideal of a businesswoman with a successful husband at times pushed her daughter away and ingrained a sense of inadequacy or shame in her daughter. We can often find ourselves staring at the chrysalis so long we don’t realize the butterfly has already emerged and wants to play.

If you find yourself wanting to change those, you care about the question of why that is and reflect on what you can do to address it with yourself or them. Sometimes an apology is due!

BE BOLD IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

Knock after knock. She evolved, she grew, she persisted and held her nerve. She faced her enemies head-on literally and never shied away from the challenge. She knew they would come.

This, I can only describe as boldness, which is defined as “showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous”, something that is rooted in knowing who you are and what you’re about.

TAKE TIME TO SMELL YOUR FLOWERS

Her life came to and end with a legacy of the empire but she never took a moment to enjoy her daughter, her estate and life she had built. It will forever be a testament that no matter how busy we are, how close that deadline is or how far you have to travel to make it work. You should, take the trip to see a friend, take day off work to play with your kids, treat yourself to a holiday with you loved ones or simply switch off once in a while to give yourself a pat on the back.

Take a moment to survey the work of your hands with pride and gratitude. You will feel much better for it.


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Jaz Broughton
Jaz Broughton

Customer sucess manager at Mix Panel. Obsessed with people and processes. A multi-passionate Life coach, podcast host, mental health advocate and creator amongst other things

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