When I think of my childhood, one of the first things my brother and I always did was grab the TV downstairs to watch one of the best cartoons EVER – Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang. The cartoons, by Warner Brothers, was the highlight of our Saturday mornings eating cereal while watching the antics of Bugs, Daffy, Wiley Coyote, Porky Pig, the Tazmanian Devil (“Taz” for short), and the rest of the gang unknowingly competed for our affection as the best remembered and mimicked one for the day.
The affection for this animated band of characters was worldwide. Looney Tunes was introduced as a series of short films that ran from 1930-1969 (considered by some to be the golden age of animation). Some of the most famous animators and voice-over actors shared their talents (Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc, just to name a couple). The business of Looney Tunes took off as well – TV series, films, video games, merchandise, and amusement parks are all infused. Did you know that Bugs Bunny has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
Little did I know a few years later (okay, maybe more than a few years…it would be fair to state a few decades), that I would become an entrepreneur who developed the characteristics and skill sets of some of these lovable animated creatures. I believe that this doesn’t apply to just me – in fact, I believe that nurse entrepreneurs have a little bit of Looney in our heads. Sometimes these characteristics can have us:
Trying to outsmart our nearest opponent? (Wiley Coyote)
working beyond what is really needed? (Sylvester)
or all up in our feelings, ala TAZ!?!?!
Over the next few posts, let’s have some fun discussing some of our favorite Looney Tune Characters and themes laced throughout the series – and see how it relates to the characteristics of a nurse in business. Just like in the life of the entrepreneur, each character displays both positive and negative traits.
We will explore and relate these traits --- looking how we can accentuate the positive and combat those less desired ones, so that we become entrepreneurs who have a business as solid as the ACME company that was laced throughout the Looney Tune series!
Featured Guest Blogger, Dr. Sandra Cleveland
Dr. Sandra Cleveland has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years working in various capacities including staff nursing, nurse management, a Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Education. Fitness is another passion – she is a nationally certified group exercise instructor. Her passions took her trajectory to create her business. She is the owner of Tribe Consulting, LLC, providing mentoring and consultation to individuals and businesses on health and wellness offerings based on the power of play, incorporating educational technology in learning, and online course creation. She has presented on these topics at national and international conferences and authored research publications, and won awards for her online course developments.
Contact her at [email protected] or @TribeConsultingllc on Facebook. Photo property of Warner Brothers.