Business: 5 Lessons learnt from Pablo ‘’Narcos’’ Escobar

The good, bad and ugly of Pablo ''Narcos'' Escobar

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If case you have been living under a rock for the past 12 months and have not heard of the Netflix original series called ’Narcos’, I am glad to say you have come to the right place. The series is based on the worlds most-notorious and wealthiest drug dealer in the history of drug dealing.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and trafficker. His cartel, at the height of his career, supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, turning over 60 million dollars a day, or 21.9 billion dollars a year, in personal income. Often called “The King of Cocaine”, he was the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of US $30 billion by the early 1990s. He was also one of the 10 richest men in the world at his prime and lived in his self-built Hacienda Nápoles. By the end of his life, he was considered practically broke.

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I have just started watching the 2nd season of Narcos and have decided to share a few of the lessons and business tips I have learnt from Pablo ‘’Narcos’’ Escobar, which was after all one the world’s wealthiest men with an estimated net-worth of over US $30 billion, yes that is correct US $ 30,000,000,000

  1. Master your product

The number one lesson learnt from watching Narcos, if not the most important lesson of it all, is that Pablo was able to master his product. He knew that he was pushing the best quality and best priced product in his market. If you understand and know the intense competition he had in his target market at that time, you will know the truth behind this lesson. In a few of the scenes we witnessed Pablo testing the product and if he wasn’t happy with the outcome, he wouldn’t release the product until he was completely satisfied. In being a master of your product, you have to insure you pushing the best quality with the best price on the market.

  1. Have a (I don’t give a F*Ck) attitude

This lesson you would have witnessed throughout the first season and continues into the second season. You would have noticed when it came to business that Pablo truly and honestly had a “I don’t give a F*Ck attitude’’, whether it came to his Suppliers, Business Partners, Competitors, Police and even the Government. He also never, I repeat never mixed his business and pleasure. The way Pablo was handling himself as a business man, is that he created the FEAR in his competitors and they knew not to get things twisted with him at all. He knew what he wanted to achieved and he made sure with the right attitude that he was able to achieve his goals.

  1. Build your network, I repeat build your NETWORK

As the saying goes “Your Network = Your Net worth” and I wouldn’t disagree with this at all. The depth and width of which Pablo’s network was establish was so intense that he had his hands in literally all of the pies. His network was connected with the government, the police, the runners, the politicians, the journalist, the suppliers and even to an extend his competitors. This lesson learnt here is that you need to keep building and utilising your network.

  1. Strategy, Strategy and more Strategy

This one gets me all the time because it didn’t matter what the police and government had planned to catch Pablo, they could just never get it right. The reason for that was Pablo was always one step ahead of the game, he always planned and strategized the next ten moves ahead. So whenever the government and police wanted to close in and capture Pablo, he already had his exit strategy and his next move planned to the point of execution. Pablo never did anything for the sake of doing it but it was all risk and reward calculated in order to be the most profitable.

  1. Make your COMPETITORS fear you

This lesson is one of the biggest learnt from Pablo, in a sense that his competitors feared his every move. After you have mastered your product and have been able to develop the “I don’t give a F*Ck attitude’’ this will be the natural reaction from your competitors. In quite a few scenes throughout Narcos we witness the desperation of his competitors in which they were willing to either kill Pablo or form alliances in order to get him out of the game. And if your competitors are at the point where they are not able to beat you at your game or they see you as a threat, it means you doing a good job at what you doing.

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  1. Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

    Produced by Netflix, the show “Narcos” takes on the infamous Medellin drug cartel which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar (Brazilian actor Wagner Moura) and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war.

    Many critics of true crime dramas have always complained they are promoting crime and violence by glorification, an unintended consequence of American entertainment industries. These shows can have other interesting consequences. The Foreign Bride industry has seen a huge spike in demand for Colombian women. This can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on social perspective.

    Foreign Brides, sometimes referred to as “mail order brides”, a term the industry completely rejects, have become a billion dollar a year business. According to industry leaders, Colombia represented only about 3% of the market three years ago. Since the popularity of Narcos, many companies have seen near tenfold increases in men seeking Colombian wives.

    A Foreign Affair (AFA), a company that helps men find women through international tours, says tours to Colombia are now selling out. AFA arranges group tours where 10 to 20 men travel together to Medellin, Cartagena or Barranquilla. During the tour, they attend arranged Social events where the men meet hundreds of beautiful Colombian women looking for marriage. Women can also place their profiles on the AFA web site, in the hopes of finding a husband.

    Kenneth Agee, the marketing director for AFA says, “Because of the show we are doubling our tours to Medellin for next year. Narcos has brought a lot of attention to the intense beauty of Colombian women. Although the show is often very violent, the women of Colombia come across as very family oriented and loyal. These values seem harder and harder to find in this world. I would have to agree, because of the interest in Narcos, we even added an excursion to where Pablo’s self-built prison was located, in the hills overlooking Medellin.

    The crowning of 2015 Miss Universe Paulina Vega put Barranquilla, Colombia on the map. Barranquilla now has recognition for being home to some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Not only is Miss Universe from here, Grammy Award winning pop singer Shakira, and actress Sofia Vergara also call Barranquilla home. Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She’s been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Prime time Emmy Awards, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, all stemming from this role. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd Most Powerful Woman in the world by Forbes.

    David from Mesa AZ says he met more qualified women in one week than he has during the last 10 years. In 2010, Lisa Ling and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) filmed a one hour show on the AFA tour called “Online Brides – Our America with Lisa Ling.” Even Lisa Ling was surprised by the beauty and sincerity of the women from Barranquilla.

    Janet Davis, head of a women’s rights group says “AFA is just taking advantage of women from these third world countries. This is no different than Pablo trafficking in narcotics, but these companies traffic women.” Proponents refer to a Report (INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS: A REPORT TO CONGRESS) that these marriages have much lower divorce rates and abuse rates compared to traditional domestic marriages. This data makes international dating similar to a woman in the US joining eHarmony to look for a husband.

    23-year-old Viviana, from Cartagena, says “I come to these events because I know the men attending are serious about marriage, they are faithful and are good to family. For Colombian women, it is the most important thing, good husband and good family.

    Kenneth says, “It has not been all rosy. Narcos has brought us some problems. In Cartagena, we have several Penthouses we rent out. One was originally owned by “Don Diego” head of the Norte Del Velle Drug Cartel, the other by Pablo’s people. Over the past year, the properties have been tracked down by individuals thinking they will find large qualities of cash hidden, thus we sometimes find holes all over the walls after a tenant leaves.

    For Narcos fans, those who love the gangster genre, or just those who just like seeing beautiful Latin women, there’s good news; Netflix’s has confirmed Season 3 and 4.

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