Fortunately, we don’t live in Panem and don’t have to deal with the authoritative regime that haunts The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen lives a life that is vastly different from ours but, nonetheless, we can still learn plenty of hand life lessons from paying attention to her story. Here are 4 life lessons:
1. Break the rules. Sometimes. Katniss breaks a lot of the rules, and sometimes it costs her. Ultimately, though, it’s her refusal to bow to the system that keeps her on top. Whether you’re living in 2013 or in a future dystopia where children fight to the death every year, knowing when you need to break the rules to survive is critical. Whether it’s hunting illegally in a future authoritative regime or creatively interpreting the chain of command at work, sometimes you need to break the rules in order to keep putting food on the table.
2. Be self-sufficient. Katniss is a model of self-sufficiency. In fact, she’s not only self-sufficient – she provides for her whole family. There are certainly many times when she relies on alliances to survive, but ultimately she is a paragon of self-sufficiency. Although it may be tempting to depend on other people, you will always do better in life if your relationships and alliances are formed out of choice and not necessity.
3. Don’t go it alone. In previous point, I talked about the necessity of self-sufficiency, but having the ability to be self-sufficient doesn’t mean that you necessarily should be. It just means that you have to ability to be if an alliance or relationship is not beneficial. Through the series, Katniss forms a few alliances – most notably with Peeta – that result in a far better outcome than if she’d attempted to go it alone.
4. Find a way to be liked. Being cut-throat is often seen as a plus in the business world, and sometimes just in daily life. That sort of behavior may seem to get you ahead in the short-term, but ultimately you’ll always need some support – either publicly or privately – from others in order to succeed. Likeability is a necessity not only for people running for office, but just for regular everyday folk. You never know when having a team of people willing to go to bat for you may save you from a bad outcome.
If you have other lessons to suggest, feel free to discuss them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and, as they say in The Hunger Games, may the odds be ever in your favor!