Rent-A-Swag via these essential Tom Haverford business lessons

This guy has some of the best investment ideas I’ve ever heard in my life.

– Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on Tom Haverford

Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) earned his place as a household name in the Indiana town of Pawnee (or at least, he would like to think so). His unparalleled cockiness and mischief caught up with him enough to think that it’s his job being so full of himself.

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For one, he’s actually an insane entrepreneur slash marketer slash creative director despite being an underachieving government official alongside Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and the rest of Pawnee’s Parks and Rec gang. Two, his supremely suave union with Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Ben Schwartz), which, by the way, escalated pretty quickly to being the most delusional business partnership of all business partnerships. And three, who would ever forget “TREAT. YO. SELF.”?

Tom Haverford’s entrepreneurial enthusiasm is a rare kind. In all of his (failed) business ventures, he remained perpetually eager and creative in his many, many business ideas that followed soon after. You gotta give him mad props for not easily giving up after dozens of tries.

So if you’re looking for an inspiration to recharge your charisma or your entrepreneurial senses, Tom Haverford is here to save the day. In this article, we have collected our favorite moments of the serial hustler that you can get away with for profit-making decisions:

Pop-culture references can go a long way.

Nowadays, we live in a towering height unlivable without referencing pop. Stacking up your pop culture knowledge and inserting them in casual conversations not only up your reputation as a credible know-it-all–it can actually save you from small talk. Trust us, you’ll need it for survival.

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Believe in the power of the hashtag. 

Whether you like it or not, social media is here to stay, and for good reasons. One, hashtags have made it easier for us to spread publicity. Two, more publicity = more $$$. Three, it’s an incredible bridge for marketers to build their network. And of course, we could always use a little humor in the business because all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

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An awesome work ethic is all you need. 

Admit it, as cliche as it sounds, we all live with a little mantra invisibly stamped on our foreheads to keep us motivated. Work may come third or fifth in his long list of life priorities but this classic quote still comes in handy as a life-changing pick-me-upper:

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AND a flirtatious amount of charisma to go with it.

You gotta walk the talk, baby.

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When stressed, try to find the humor in any situation.

Work can suck the life out of you, every day, every week. But you have to keep in mind that it’s the little things that count the most (like that 10-minute break on Facebook to look at memes) because, hey, less is always more. So why don’t you turn that frizown upsidizity? Remember, don’t take yourself too seriously.

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Be friendly. If necessary, be a little too over-friendly.

Extroversion — put it into good use if you have a sales pitch coming up.

Friendship is the most beautiful relationship there is and it definitely tops romantic ones, even. It’s a great way of showcasing that you’re a good person in all ways — fun, supportive and empathic. He’s also honest AF and got nothing to hide, business-wise.

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Take chances. Grab opportunities, even in the most unlikely places.

Real geniuses are always curious as most of our curiosities usually spark out of nothing. The great thing about Tom Haverford is that he’s always coming up with the best insane ideas (exhibit A: Entertainment 720), no matter how impossible or ridiculous they sound, and he will go the whole nine yards to make them work. He’s not afraid to take risks and more importantly, he’s always having so much fun at it.

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And finally, TREAT. YO. SELF.

You deserve it.

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Don’t lose yourself too much into the biz. Otherwise, it can eat and throw you all up. Working hard is not the best idea out there because no actual person wants to be a living dead. So, do we have any new Haverfordian converts?

Photo courtesy of Parks and Recreation Official Tumblr Page

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