Life Lessons From The Joker: What We Can Learn From The Clown Prince of Crime


2. Being prepared is better than having a plan

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just do things.” – Life lessons from The Joker

The Joker is the master of improvisation. He believes more in being prepared for the worst-case scenario than having the perfect plan. Yes, plans are crucial for success. But what do you when the Batman is always after you and your plans of mass destruction? You prepare. The Joker knows how to adapt to any surroundings and situations. And this comes from being prepared for the unknowable and the unknown. Moreover, you simply cannot plan for every single aspect of your life. However, you can prepare yourself for anything.


3. Conquer your fears

The Joker is not afraid of anything, not even Batman. And this is what makes him the greatest villain of all time. He is not afraid to fail. Considering how crazy some of his plans are, if he became anxious or worried about his plans, he would never be able to execute them. But being a fearless person, the Joker lives on the edge. When you become fearless, you experience a unique sense of freedom that enables you to achieve even the craziest dreams.


4. Everybody needs a little push

“As you know, madness is like gravity…all it takes is a little push.” – The Joker

We all try to comply with the rules of the world and meet the expectations of our family and loved ones. But somewhere, we lose our true selves amidst all of this. The same happened with Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. Although he tried his best to control himself, Harvey had a split personality and suffered from serious anger issues. He prevented his true self from coming out and letting himself free until the Joker pushed him off the edge in his own sick way. 


In real life, all of us have some dreams, goals, and talents that we wish to achieve and pursue. But for whatever reason, we suppress our innermost desires and choose to continue with our unhappy lives. So it is crucial that we inspire others and look for the right inspiration from all the right places that will motivate us to grow and be who we truly want to be. Just don’t become a lunatic like Two-Face (Harvey Dent).


5. Be indifferent to attract love

Okay, this one is a bit controversial but don’t we all want what we can’t have? Well, the same goes with dating. Joker is a manipulative and indifferent partner who abuses Harley just to have a good laugh. Although Harley Quinn is a dedicated sidekick and lover, the Joker never gives her the respect or adoration she deserves. And this somehow makes her even more obsessed with ‘Mr.J’ and she constantly seeks validation from the Joker. 

Having said that, you don’t need to abuse your partner to seek love and respect. What we can learn from the Joker is that being needy and desperate in a relationship is never a good idea. The more you focus on yourself and the more space you give to your partner, the better and healthier your relationship will become. When you are confident about your relationship, you don’t seek validation from your partner continuously. Keep in mind that the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn is a toxic relationship.


6. Money doesn’t equal happiness

“It’s not about money…it’s about sending a message. Everything burns!” – The Joker

Most of us believe that making more money can make us happier, but not the Joker. In the movie The Dark Knight, the Joker infamously burns a giant pile of cash that he could have easily used to enjoy his life. But he didn’t. Why? Because “it’s not about money.” His life goals and motivations are beyond materialistic possessions. He feels true happiness through chaos and destruction. What we should learn from this is that happiness is a choice. You may choose to be frustrated with your current job and paycheck or you can find joy in doing something that you truly enjoy. The Joker proves that money is not the solution to all of life’s problems nor is it the root of all evil.

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