Lessons from “Billions”.
Billions is an American television drama series created by David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis premiering on Showtime. The series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Season 2 release date is set at 19 February 2017.
Main cast is: Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, an ambitious hedge fund manager who came from humble beginnings. Paul Giamatti as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Rhoades is ruthless, and has a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try to buy their way out of justice. Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, M.D, psychiatrist, in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and wife of Chuck Rhoades. Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod, wife of Bobby Axelrod and a former nurse. She is from a lower-class upbringing, but has left her former self behind.
1. «It’s not easy to do. But people are at their best when they feel appreciated». Your connections are people; treat them that way. Asking for favors all the time, without giving back, makes people feel used. The best way to network is to be generous. Ask people how you can help them; doing favors and making them feel appreciated will make them more likely to help you out down the road.
2. «This company will not wait for an uncertain future. We will make our own future». Bobby didn’t become a self-made billionaire by sitting around and waiting for things to happen to him, and you won’t find success that way, either. You have more control over your career than you think, and it’s time to take ownership of it. They say it’s all about who you know, so if you don’t know the right people you need to do something about it.
3. «Are we teaching them daddy’s job is always more important than mommy’s?» Throughout your career, people will try to put themselves before you or tell you that you aren’t important. It’s an unfortunate fact of life – but we know you can handle it. Always remember that your number one priority is you. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
4. «What we do has consequences, intended and unintended. The decisions we make, the action we bring, have weight». Chuck happens to be the country’s most successful prosecutor – in fact, he’s never lost a case. You don’t get that far without knowing the importance of your own actions. You matter, and what you do matters. Every step you take, no matter how small, can have an impact on your career and the people around you.
5. «Meaning matters more to me than happiness». “Having it all” has gotten to be a pretty ridiculous concept. How can you give 100% to every aspect of your life? More often than not, you need to make sacrifices to do what you love – and that’s ok. Your career isn’t going to be smooth sailing 24/7. There will always be times when you need to reconsider all that you’ve taken on, and it’s okay if it feels like too much.
6. «It’s not about comp, but it is about value – mine. And growth. As in wheter I am still growing». Sure, we’d all love to have a six digit salary. But your career is about more than the money. Think about every job or internship as a chance to grow in your career. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable skills. Take note during your time in your role of all your accomplishments, so you can use them to seriously beef up your resume.
Do you want to know more about “Billions”? Here is a couple of reviews, one in favor, one against. Enjoy the reading!