Want to start a business but think you’re weak? Are you paralyzed by the competition? Do you sometimes feel like your innocence is being taken advantage of? Today we’re going to talk about the entrepreneurial lessons that Roberto Gómez Bolaños left us through characters like El Chapulín Colorado and El Chavo del 8.
Roberto Gómez Bolaños – better known as “Chespirito” – was a Mexican actor, screenwriter, television producer, director and comedian, best known for his children’s series El Chapulín Colorado and El Chavo del 8. which has been on the program grid on at least one public television station in every Spanish-speaking country in Latin America for more than 4 decades. It’s a journey that can inspire us to go deeper and think about how to fight for our dreams.
In today’s lessons, we’re going to focus on how Roberto Gómez Bolaños created his main characters. We will also talk a little about how dialogue and situations can inspire us in our entrepreneurship. If you want to dive into his bio, you can read that later Life Lessons from Engineer Chespirito.
Roberto Gomez Bolanos as El Chapulin Colorado
More agile than a tortoise, stronger than a mouse, nobler than a lettuce, his shield is a heart. It’s…El Chapulin Colorado.
Roberto Gómez Bolaños created Chapulín Colorado, a Latin American superhero who broke with stereotypes. We remember this invention by Roberto Gómez Bolaños not for its super powers, but for its crazy situations. The greatness of the character is that he manages to overcome any difficulties and always get a fair result.
How many similar situations have we encountered in life? How many mistakes have we made in our actions? How did we react?
El Chapulín Colorado Strategies for Overcoming Difficulties
- Use your advantages to defend. Do you remember the screeching chipote, the paralyzing cicada, the chiquitolina pills and the vinyl antennae? They are the weapons that El Chapulín uses to defend himself against villains. He’s not strong, but he has creative strategies – used at the right time – to achieve his goals.
- He has skills that he uses wisely. His abilities are: change time, the touch of the repair goat, radio frequency, multilingualism, use of stealth and teleportation. Of these, my favorite is being multilingual because it gives you the ability to understand all the languages in the universe. His secret lies in the ability to be where others cannot be because they are too busy to notice the details.
“You may not be the strongest on the market, but you could be the smartest”
Roberto Gomez Bolanos as El Chavo del 8
On the other hand, El Chavo del 8 is a character whose traits are innocence, creativity, and enthusiasm (which is why many take advantage of him). In panic situations, he suffers from “the Garrotera”, a type of attack that paralyzes him. It only reacts with a bucket of cold water.
How did you behave in difficult situations? How many times has he given you “the Garrotera”? What did you learn from these experiences?
Virtues that Roberto Gómez bestowed on Bolaños El Chavo
- Honesty: El Chavo is honest despite tough times. Being honest is not and should not be feared.
- Ability to Solve Situations: El Chavo does various jobs to earn a living: he runs “errands”, recycles cans and bottles, sells newspapers and magazines, “cleans boots”, sometimes waits tables, etc. Your goal is it , to save all the time.
Did you know that Roberto Gómez Bolaños was called “Chespirito” because it’s the diminutive of Shakespeare, pronounced Chekspir? Because he was short, his friends and colleagues began calling him Chekspirito. Film director Agustín Delgado was the one who christened it that way. This was the stage name he used until his death in 2014.
Lessons from El Chapulín Colorado and El Chavo del 8 to start your business
- If the market you want to enter is very large and the competition is insatiable, skillfully seek out the weaknesses and mistakes that the competition is making and turn them into strengths for your business.
- Learn from mistakes you make and use creative strategies to overcome them.
- There is value in being good at things that come easy to you, but real merit lies in excelling in trouble.
- The secret of your ruse will be to sharpen your senses in business. Go where no one can go, have a nose for what no one cares about, sense opportunity or threat in the decisions you will make. Let your ears “walk through walls”.
- Be careful when brainstorming ideas. In business, innocence is not forgiven.
- Don’t let complicated situations paralyze you. Always have several ready-made strategies up your sleeve. This gives you confidence and allows you to analyze them and decide which one works best for the situation at hand.
- Don’t waste profits. Be like the Japanese: consistent, thrifty, disciplined, hardworking and you will achieve satisfactory results in the long run.
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Finally: Roberto Gómez Bolaños confesses
I’ve been happy almost every day of my life, at least for a little while, even under the most adverse of circumstances.
And yes, it was! His talent accompanied him every day of his life and his achievements even went beyond the borders of Latin America. He stole the hearts of many with his characters, which was evident in the collective weeping that caused his physical departure on November 28, 2014.
Perhaps you never thought that you would find lessons for your entrepreneurship behind the main characters of Roberto Gómez Bolaños. “You didn’t count on his ruse” Right?
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