With Breaking Bad coming to an end this Sunday, those who’ve religiously watched the show from the beginning (or unhealthily binge-watched it all summer on Netflix) have certainly received some useful life tips from the series’ anti-hero Walter White.
While I’m not advising anyone to start a drug empire and potentially ruin not only their lives and those of their friends and family in the process, we all have to agree that White’s turn for the worst has made him a very good entrepreneur. After all, he did get rich quick!
So to commemorate (and mourn) the end of Breaking Bad, here are five important lessons from the show that we can apply to our own lives in a less exciting but MUCH safer way.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead! And if you haven’t started watching Breaking Bad yet, GET ON IT NOW!!!)
1. You Only Live Once
In the words of Drake, Walter White takes the ‘YOLO’ lifestyle to the extreme when he finds out he has terminal lung cancer. Stuck in a rut as a high school chemistry teacher with a PhD, Walter uses his talents to cooking meth so he can make fast money for his family before he dies.
Although contributing to New Mexico’s ever-growing drug scene isn’t the best way to spend your last days, at least there’s one lesson we can learn: whether it’s going out for your dream job, running that marathon or wanting to take up a new sport, live life to the fullest because you’ll never know what will happen.
2. Work With Someone You Trust
I hate group projects as much as the next person because there’s always that one member who doesn’t carry their weight. While Walter hasn’t been perfect in the past, he’s found a loyal partner in crime with his former student Jesse Pinkman. Together, the two create the purest meth in New Mexico.
Like any partnership, Walter and Jesse have had their ups and downs but they usually seem to work it out. That also seems to be the only way we can move on from our problems in our own lives. So follow their lead and make nice with your peers!
3. Make Yourself Stand Out
If you want to be remembered, you need to stand out. For Walter, it’s his trademark blue meth that everyone’s looking to imitate.
While we can all say a big fat NO to drugs, there are plenty of ways for you to be the envy of all your peers. From taking up an interesting hobby or starting your own business, you’ve got to make people see why YOU’RE different from everybody else. Find a trademark, stick with it and people might want to start copying you.
4. Don’t Let Your Ego Get To You
Yeah, yeah. It must be nice to be the best at something. But thinking too highly of yourself might screw you over.
You can’t deny the fact that Mr. White really wants to succeed. But upon realizing how talented he is at cooking meth, his arrogance and overambitious goals end up putting him in real danger. Watching Walter escaped death several times from the hands of drug lord Gus Fring and the psychopathic cartel leader Tuco Salamanca is probably the best reminder to keep your ego in check before people turn their backs on you.
5. Take Charge
Walter is a pretty stubborn man when it comes to making decisions about who to keep and who to kill. Going with his gut has surprisingly extended the expiry date of his inevitable fate.
Taking Walter as an example, it’s obvious that you can’t rely on people to do things for you in life. If you want things done the right way, you might as well just do it yourself. Take charge of your own decisions. Only you will know what’s in your best interest.