What the Fast and Furious Franchise Has to Do with Your Career
It’s hard to believe, but for us born in the elder days, we can remember what life was like PDT: that’s pre-Dom Toretto. You know, the leader of the plucky car-thieves turned international good guys who just want to race fast cars and live the good life, but Jason Statham keeps getting in the way?
Yes, that’s right, we remember what life was like before The Fast and the Furious—and friends, let’s just say we’re glad to be living in the world we are now.
Sure, at first glance, you may be having a hard time making the connection towards professional success and the Fast and Furious franchise, but we’re here to tell you there’s a lot you can learn from that group, and we’re not just talking about how to hotwire a car.
So, sit back and buckle up—because we’re about to put the gas on it, and demonstrate how the lessons you learn from Dom, Letty, Mia, Brian, and the rest of the crew can help you in your career.
They Stick Together
Look, we’re not saying you have to do everything in a group but finding a core team of like-minded people who have similar goals (and we’re hoping those goals are not petty theft, like what brought this core team together…) can help you get the job done faster and better.
There’s something to be said for loyalty, which this group has for days. When you watch out for the members of your team, and you know that you have each other’s backs, you’re more likely to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone (and we’re not talking a car chase across a frozen sea, against a submarine like in The Fate of the Furious. Yeah, these movies are getting increasingly ridiculous, and we’re here for it.) You’re willing to do that because you know there are other people looking out for you. Those kinds of calculated risks you take within a team can lead to true innovation and growth—and take you to a new phase in your life. There’s no growth without advancement, and advancement is a lot easier when you have people you trust to rely on.
They Have a Sense of Humor
We don’t bring this up a lot but having a team of people you can share a laugh with, and find the same things funny, is a fantastic quality to have in a group.
Obviously, you have to get work done, but being able to laugh at the same things, and have a good time while doing it not only makes your time spent more enjoyable with them—it increases productivity, and makes you more creative, too!
Sure, in this context, laughing and joking around is probably what leads to the increasingly ridiculous, death-defying situations they keep getting themselves in to…
In your case, however, it’s a good thing to be able to laugh and joke around with your teammates—after all, you spend more time at work than you do outside of work. Why not try to make it as fun as possible? Just maybe dial it back a bit if you find yourself dangling off a car over a cliff. That’s a sign you’ve shared one too many memes.
They Grew, Together
Now that the Fast and Furious crew are off fighting a hacker who lives on an airplane that is continuously flying (you can’t make that stuff up) and dealing with international conspiracies, it’s kind of hard to remember that the first film was about a petty theft ring and car racing. Eight movies on, the plots and situations have gotten larger, and a lot weirder. Through it all, the core group has stuck together, and been along for the ride, wherever it takes them.
(…Space. We’re thinking at some point the F&F crew is going to be sent to space, because why not?!)
You know that iconic line from the first movie? “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time”? Guess what; Dom wasn’t doing that alone—he had his crew along with him to help him. We love that quote, by the way, because it means that you focus on the now and the actions you can take to move your journey forward. None of the group moved forward without the rest of the team backing him or her up.
In your own career, the chances of your team at work being the same for the entire duration of your time at an organization are slim to none, if you stay there for a few years or more. However, just because someone is no longer part of your physical team at work doesn’t mean that they’re not part of your team. The people you meet at the beginning of your career can help you in many capacities, even if you’re no longer directly working together. The exciting part about that is, just as you’re growing in your career, skillset, and experience—so are they. If you maintain a relationship with the people you consider a part of your team now, even if your physical locations change, you can continue to challenge each other, and help each other when possible.
Nothing in life is guaranteed (except for another Fast and Furious movie, probably) but if you can find a group of people like Dom and his crew, to be with you every quarter-mile on your journey, you’re in a great position. Having people to watch your back, share a laugh, and develop alongside you is a great benefit to anyone’s career.
What do you think? Need more gifs of The Rock? Have a theory about how the crew is going to be sent to space in the inevitable next installment of the franchise? Let us know in the comments!