The animated comedy show “Rick & Morty” is surreal humor at its finest, but the show is also known for producing lines that actually have nuggets of wisdom on occasion. There are a lot of quotes made by the characters that have applications in the real world if you take them to heart. It’s surprising how many of the statements made are applicable to business when you take them out of a humorous context, but some of the funny ones apply as well. Here are the 20 best Rick and Morty quotes that can be applied to business.
20. “What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty? The answer is: don’t think about it.”
This statement deals with the plethora of things that we ponder that have nothing to do with the business at hand. Mindfulness is key if you want to get ahead in the business world. Remain focused on the goal and attend to the tasks at hand. When your stream of thought consciousness brings in thoughts that are distracting or if it’s something that isn’t going to help you get ahead, take Rick’s advice and don’t think about it. You’ll be a lot more productive if you refocus your thoughts on things that matter right now.
19. “Welcome to the club Pal.”
Rick created a robot that was intended for the sole purpose of picking up the butter and bringing it back to him. The robot had some concerns about his usefulness in the future, and whether or not his services would continue to be needed. Rick responded with “Welcome to the club Pal.” This is a common situation in business as there are a lot of jobs that are eliminated when a more cost-efficient method becomes available, such as computerization or automation. It’s a byproduct of the advancement of technology, and it’s something that we’re all in together.
18. “Sometimes science is more art than science.”
Rick concocted a love potion to make Jessica fall in love with Morty. The outcome was not what he expected because everyone in the world became dangerously attracted to Morty. He came to the conclusion that so”Sometimes science is more art than science. This phrase tells us that we need to look at a problem from all angles before we apply a solution and it’s also important to look at all of the possible outcomes.
17. “Have fun with empowerment. It seems to make everyone that gets it really happy.”
We all know the benefits of empowerment, but when you’re feeling empowered, what about your subordinates who do not? Everyone is more productive in a work environment when they feel empowered and valued. This is a valuable lesson for managers and leaders. Spread the wealth so everyone is happy and you’ll get a lot more done in the business world.
16. “I’ve got a quick solo adventure to go on, and this one will not be directed by Ron Howard!”
Sometimes you have to do things on your own in the business world. While teamwork is great, some tasks are best when they are completed solo. You don’t always need to have an entourage or an audience to watch you work. There are times when creative minds need to go into a period of solitude. Solicit the input of others and find a direction that works out for everyone, then take the information with you and focus on the best solutions. This is something that Nikola Tesla the great inventor was aware of.
15. “Do you wanna develop an app?”
When your company falls into the habit of completing redundant tasks sometimes it can make a lot more progress by inventing an app that will take care of simple processes that eat up hundreds of man-hours. Apps can be used to access the internet site of business to conduct a lot of different things such as scheduling, confirming, finding answers to frequently asked questions, and much more. Sometimes you just need to either develop an app with a company that specializes in the service or has one customized. It may cost you a little in up-front or monthly fees, but it can take the place of one or more workers, and increase your bottom line. The extra benefit is that some consumers prefer to do things online vs. going to a brick and mortar store.
14. “I wasn’t born into the God business, I F**** earned it.”
This is a quote that applies to executive leadership. If you’re impressed with a person who holds a high position at the top of your firm, take a second look and realize that this person is a human being just like you. Regardless of how great his or her business accomplishments, that person had to work hard and make mistakes to learn how to become effective just like the rest of us do. Nobody is born with the skills and knowledge that lead to success in business. Everyone has to educate themselves and to learn the ropes through experience, and often, through trial and error.
13. “I programmed you to believe that.”
You can create a business culture that somewhat programs a creed for every member of your organization to look to. While you’re not actually “programming” them to believe a certain thing, you’re putting it out there and reinforcing it so they are more likely to understand the goals, vision, and mission of a company. This is important for achieving unity and cohesion in business, necessary elements for accomplishing goals and objectives that move a company or organization forward.
12. “You can’t stay mad at a guy with this amount of talent.”
Most of us know that guy that makes such big contributions to the team that you forgive a lot. It’s usually someone who likes to play pranks on the rest of the crew and he’s legitimately funny. The tricks that he pulls are humorous until it’s your turn, but you can’t stay mad at him for long. It’s important to observe boundaries in business, but there are times when we also need to be forgiving of one another for the sake of the team. If you’re the prankster, keep it within reasonable boundaries though.
11. “I think you have to look ahead and live in the moment.”
Strategic planning is essential in business. If we don’t look ahead and try to anticipate what our customers will demand, we can gain a valuable edge over the competition. The survival of your business may in fact depend upon looking and planning ahead. Having said this, it’s also important to attend to the tasks at hand and stay focused on what needs to be done at the present. This is one of the most important things to remember in business.
10. “There’s a lesson here and I’m not going to be the one to figure it out.”
If you’re a leader, sometimes you need to give the crew that you supervise room for growth. It’s good to provide them with useful guidelines and clarification, but teams need to learn how to work together and to figure things out for themselves. It increases productivity and it gives each person a sense of pride and ownership in solving problems.
9. “Can someone just let me out of here? If I die in a cage I lose a bet.”
This statement applies to the need that everyone in the business world has to create a healthy work/life balance. Workaholics tend to burn out more quickly than those who take time off to relax and pursue their passions. It is a healthier approach to life and sometimes you need a break to rejuvenate your mind. It can also promote better health so your cognitive processes such as reasoning and problem-solving are at their peak.
8. “Ooh yeah shame me. At least when I’m disgusting it’s on purpose.”
Although it’s never recommended to be “disgusting,” this really means that it’s important to do things for a reason, not just to be doing them. A lot of resources and effort are wasted by completing meaningless repetitive tasks when your time could be better used. Have a purpose for everything that you do when it comes to business.
7. “That’s because losers look stuff up while the rest of us are carp’en all them ‘diems.”
This is Rick and Morty’s way of saying that you should seize every day or every opportunity. While some prefer to look everything up and to do copious amounts of research first, there are those that get to work, roll up their sleeves, and get it done. It’s important to know what you need to do of course but a lot of time gets wasted by procrastinators who spend too much time doing their research. Figure out what needs to happen, stop dragging your feet, and get to work.
6. “Mr. President, if I’ve learned one thing today, it’s that sometimes you have to not give a f**k!”
While it’s important to care about your job and the work that is being done, you can care too much about things that don’t matter. If you let every little thing bother you or get you down then the job isn’t going to be as enjoyable. Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, adopt a tougher skin, and let the small annoyances roll off of you and go away. Some things are worth caring about and others are not.
5. “Weddings are basically just funerals with cake.
When it comes to business, you can take this quote to mean that business events all follow a similar script. There are a few differences, but once you understand what elements are required and which socially acceptable components to include, you have a formula that can be put into a basic template to make planning easier. Things usually go over better for business-sponsored meetings and events when you stick to the expectations of the attendees.
4. “Put a saddle on your universe. Let it kick itself out.”
This is a different way of saying get on with the business at hand, stretch out and go for it. You won’t know if you’re going to achieve success or not unless you’re willing to give it all you got and ride it out. The journey will be filled with ups and downs, but in business, there is an entire universe of possibilities and opportunities out there. It’s up to you to jump in the saddle and ride toward your destiny, so to speak.
3. “Hey, muchacho, does your planet have wiper fluid yet or you gonna freak out and start worshipping us?
Some people make a big deal out of the little things that people they admire do. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for the recipient. Stop gushing over the boss and don’t be a suck-up or you’re likely to lose the respect of everyone around you. This applies to the person you’re making much ado about nothing over.
2. “I’m sorry, but your opinion means very little to me.
It’s important to know when to share your opinion and when to keep it to yourself. There are times when your superiors will be interested in hearing your opinion, but if you’re not invited to share your wisdom, you might want to keep your thoughts to yourself instead of breaking out with unsolicited recommendations.
1. “Hey Jerry, you mind if we get back to the task at hand?
There are times in business when you need to be direct and to the point with a co-worker. Wasting time with needless debates, or gossip in the corners of the office are unproductive. If you have a co-worker or subordinate who doesn’t know when it’s time to stop talking, you may benefit from using this quote to redirect that person back to the project you’re supposed to be working on.