What an Entrepreneur Can Be taught From Dorothy, Toto, and the Wizard of Oz

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“Dorothy lived in the course of the huge prairies of Kansas, along with her Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and her Aunt Em, his spouse.” The primary sentence of The Great Wizard of Oz by the American author, Lyman Frank Baum , appears easy, though in actuality it’s not. It speaks of an abnormal world — the e-book was first printed in 1900 — of an abnormal lady, her farm uncles, and a spot as mundane as Kansas Metropolis.

She talks concerning the on a regular basis, though from the start she subtly reveals the immense gap within the little lady’s life: her mother and father are usually not even talked about. Dorothy is an orphan, accompanied in her distress solely by Toto, her trustworthy canine. She lives hoping to seek out her manner out of a world inhabited by adults, saturated with guidelines, scolding and hostile individuals who reprimand her day and evening.

That is the place we determine with Dorothy’s story.

As a result of who has not felt trapped and burdened by the foundations of their abnormal world? Who doesn’t have huge deficiencies, even when he’s not an orphan? Who doesn’t daydream? Who doesn’t whisper to his canine his need to flee from the routine, to dare to dwell in a different way, to undertake?

On August 25, it is going to be 82 years because the premiere of the film The Wizard of Oz . Based mostly on the novel by Frank Baum and directed by Victor Fleming, the movie has grow to be a real cult object that has captivated generations and generations of viewers and impressed creators to inform tales based mostly on Dorothy’s journey (to call only a few: Elton John, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, David Lynch, Salman Rushdie, and brothers Ethan and Joel Coen).

Over time, varied interpretations have been fabricated from the that means of The Wizard of Oz and the movie’s eightieth anniversary serves as a pretext to understand it from a brand new perspective: as an allegory of entrepreneurship .


Though the time period had not even been invented in 1900, Lyman Frank Baum was a real entrepreneur . After being compelled to desert his research at a navy academy resulting from a weak and sickly coronary heart situation, the younger man turned his energy to writing tales to later print them in a easy printing press that his father had given him. From dwelling and with the assistance of his brother Harry Clay, Frank produced a number of newspapers wherein he bought promoting and distributed low cost coupons. Earlier than contemplating himself a author, the younger man tried his hand at working within the household’s oil firm, elevating poultry and advertising merchandise in his personal retailer. However for Frank none of that was out of the abnormal. What he was actually keen about was writing and placing on performs in a theater constructed by his rich father. He dreamed that these would achieve success and grow to be a enterprise that allowed him to dedicate himself physique and soul to his ardour. However success didn’t come and Frank all the time ended up in debt and compelled to seek out another supply of earnings.

In 1888 he based his personal newspaper, however after one other failure he was compelled to work within the industrial space of the Chicago Night Submit. In 1897, pondering of entertaining his youngsters, Frank Baum wrote his first youngsters’s story: Mom Goose in Prose and later Father Goose, His Ebook . However it could be the story that he would publish with the arrival of the brand new century that may change his life: The Great Wizard of Oz . The story of little Dorothy Gale was critically acclaimed and have become the best-selling youngsters’s e-book for 2 years in a row.

From that second on, Frank’s existence would revolve round Oz. He turned his story right into a theatrical model (merely titled The Wizard of Oz ) that hit Broadway and toured the whole American Union extensively. As well as, in complete he printed 14 books positioned within the magical world of Oz.

Lyman Frank Baum handed away on Could 6, 1919 with out having the ability to think about that 20 years later Dorothy would star in one of the vital movies within the historical past of cinema.


Our essence is identical as Dorothy’s. Like her, we are able to grow to be confused, scared and helpless. Immediately it could appear that nothing is smart: we exist in a spot the place we don’t belong. We get up routinely, with out ardour and once we communicate nobody listens to us. It occurs to Dorothy along with her uncles eternally busy with the work of a farm positioned in a subject of cloudy and threatening skies. It could occur to us at dwelling, in school, or in a office the place we really feel trapped, invisible, or deeply unmotivated. And identical to the lady does, we want that someplace on the opposite facet of the rainbow, there could possibly be a greater place for us.

Generally we arm ourselves with braveness and out of our personal conviction, we exit to seek out the trail that may lead us again to ourselves. At different instances we’d like a twister of catastrophe to shake us up and throw us into a spot the place the foundations are totally different.

In both case and irremediably, we will probably be put to the check.


It’s one factor to wish to stroll the paths of the unbelievable world of entrepreneurship and fairly one other to be compelled to take action. I suppose Dorothy would say the identical: mentioned, the world of Ozappears fantastic, however seen up shut it’s terrifying. A spot inhabited by little Munchkins, dragons and winged monkeys. By witches who rule the assorted cardinal factors and by a mysterious and highly effective wizard who guarantees to have the reply to all of the questions within the universe.

Dragged by a twister and torn from her dwelling, Dorothy has no selection however to discover a option to return dwelling armed with pink slippers that she receives upon reaching the magical land. As soon as she understands her state of affairs, she assumes it and decides: to set out on a wierd yellow path that ought to take her to the Emerald Metropolis, the place the highly effective wizard lives, the one being in all of Ozwho may assist her. Upon reaching a fork, the lady bumps right into a Scarecrow who confesses that he’s incapable of creating choices. And not using a mind to suppose, the unusual being lives condemned to everlasting doubt and, inadvertently, warns Dorothy of the dangers of indecision.

Once we begin a enterprise we’ll inevitably discover a number of forks within the highway. Every single day we must make choices and figuring out find out how to do it’s essential. Generally, confronted with the novelty of a course of, we may really feel just like the scarecrow: with out the mandatory data to decide on the most suitable choice. In actuality, Dorothy has no data aside from the Scarecrow on which path to take, however her conviction to seek out her vacation spot is stronger than the noise that burdens her head. Assured in her instincts, the lady decides and, with out wanting again, continues on her manner accompanied by a brand new good friend.


The second character Dorothy meets on her manner is a battered and rusty Tin Man. The lady oils his mouth in order that he can inform her his story: greater than a yr in the past he was slicing down a tree when it began to rain. Trapped by his personal monotony, the Tin Man continued together with his activity with out realizing that he was slowly rusting away. By releasing him from his paralysis, the metallic being reveals to the lady her true misfortune: whoever constructed it forgot to present her a coronary heart. And not using a coronary heart, there may be additionally no ardour. And with out ardour it’s unimaginable to journey in its entirety a path that might stretch for miles and miles earlier than taking us to our true vacation spot.

Following the trail of entrepreneurship implies a fantastic effort. To undergo it fully, so as to not falter, you will want every of your heartbeats. To maintain transferring with ardour, even when it rains, even if you happen to really feel completely misplaced or stagnant. Within the days of darkness, it is going to be the echo of your individual heartbeat that guides you, the one which saves you, the one which helps you not to surrender.


Even if you happen to handle to collect knowledge and coronary heart, there’s a essential and obligatory aspect within the lengthy path of entrepreneurship: braveness. The one which the nice Lion that Dorothy encounters on the highway lacks. As a result of inevitably you’ll run into challenges, issues, disagreements and evil witches whose solely goal appears to be to tear down every thing you’ve constructed. It won’t be sufficient that, simply because the Lion does when he meets the little lady, you merely present your self boastful. No. You’ll have to be actually courageous. Preserve transferring ahead, even when there may be ache, falls, crises, devaluations or large losses. It will not be simple in any respect and there will probably be instances once you yearn and yearn to have the ability to return to a spot as abnormal as Kansas or your previous job. However the day will even come when, wanting again, you’ll be able to respect the trail traveled. The ache, the hassle and the sleepless nights may have had their cause for being, though you’ll not perceive that till you’ll be able to uncover what’s on the finish of that yellow path.


After overcoming challenges and risks, Dorothy and her associates handle to succeed in the Emerald Metropolis. The promised land, filled with solutions, filled with reality. There they meet the nice Wizard of Oz, who tells them that with a view to grant their needs (a mind, a coronary heart, braveness and a ticket again to Kansas) they have to carry him proof that they’ve defeated the Depraved Witch of the West.

After an arduous battle, Dorothy and her associates return to the wizard with the witch’s broom as an irrefutable proof of their victory, solely to find his nice secret: he’s nothing greater than a human being. An inventor who got here to Ozby chance and there cast his personal future. The magician provides them materials objects as a reward: a diploma for the Scarecrow, a heart-shaped pendant for the Tin Man, and a medal of valor for the Lion. Dorothy gives to take her dwelling in a scorching air balloon. The wizard has nothing extra to supply them and after a slipshod accident he finally ends up touring alone within the balloon, condemning Dorothy to remain ceaselessly within the land of Oz.

The trouble has been in useless.

It was no use defeating the witch or strolling the yellow highway. Despair seizes the lady and when all appears misplaced, Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, seems earlier than her with a revelation: the facility to return dwelling has been at Dorothy’s ft all alongside. I simply hit his pink sneakers a few instances to get again to Kansas. In actuality, the little lady has all the time been the proprietor of her future, though the one manner she may discover out was by strolling the yellow highway.

The identical factor occurs to each entrepreneur. We have now a troublesome journey to take that can assist us develop brains, hearts and braveness. We’re like Dorothy and her conviction to stroll that path of any colour, of any variety. And solely once we attain the top can we perceive that the reality has all the time been inside ourselves