Why Rapunzel Would Make a Great CEO

…in 3 Songs or Less

Maybe it’s just me, but The Newsletter Pro seems to be on a Disney princess kick. Last month, “Frozen” taught us the importance of customer satisfaction. This time around, we’re taking on Frozen’s animated predecessor “Tangled,” the 2010 musical adventure about a lost princess with magic healing hair, who teams up with local thief Flynn Rider to solve her identity crisis. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Rapunzel,” the film’s long-locks Rapunzel isn’t just a free spirit, but a CEO in the making we can all look up to with Grammy award-winning lyrical evidence to prove it.

“When Will My Life Begin”: Rapunzel is the ultimate go-getter. Let’s be honest, traditional Disney princesses are not morning people by nature (Snow White ate an apple, fell asleep; Aurora pricked her finger, fell asleep; Cinderella woke up early, complained through most of it). In Rapunzel’s opening monologue, she sings, “7 A.M., the usual morning lineup/ Start on the chores and sweep ’til the floor’s all clean/ Polish and wax, do laundry, and mop and shine up/ Sweep again, and by then it’s like 7:15!” Fifteen minutes, people. When was the last time you made coffee in less than fifteen minutes? Rapunzel knows how to get the job done efficiently in little time, and she doesn’t stop there. After that, she reads two to three books, paints, plays the guitar, and sews a whole dress. She’s diligent, and she does it all with a  positive outlook and a smile on her face. Not even brushing 70 feet of hair every day can bring down this freight train of productivity.

“I’ve Got a Dream”: Rapunzel’s entire story focuses on her desire to see some floating lanterns on her birthday. That’s it. She doesn’t want to save the world, marry a prince, or re-invent the wheel. She’s has very reasonable goals, and as far as hiring goes, she brings in the help of a very coachable traveling companion. Flynn Rider knows how to smolder, but his priorities are way off. While Rapunzel sings, “I just want to see the floating lanterns gleam,” Flynn wants to live alone on an island surrounded by “enormous piles of money.” For that, he’s gonna need one heck of a retirement plan. However, under Rapunzel’s leadership, not only does she achieve her own dreams, but she helps Flynn reevaluate his own and bring them down to a more manageable level.

“I See the Light”: Rapunzel and Flynn cover a lot of ground in just a few days. Together they befriend thugs, outrun the royal guards, and overcome mutual identity crises. Rapunzel reveals her magic hair to Flynn and affirms her decision to never return to her tower. Her willingness to meet Flynn on his level leads him to let down his guard and speak openly about his troubled childhood. By the climax of the film, they’re floating romantically in a gondola surrounded by thousands of floating paper lanterns. Dreams achieved, check. The pair duets, “And at last I see the light/ And it’s like the fog has lifted… All at once everything looks different/ Now that I see you.” Rapunzel brings out the best in her companion and is ultimately willing to make sacrifices for the good of the team.

Granted, Rapunzel has her moments, but she’s plucky, resourceful (frying pans, who knew?), keeps her promises, and never takes “no” for an answer. All that combined with her ability to work efficiently, stay goal-oriented, and bring out the best in everyone makes Rapunzel the CEO tour de force you should aspire to be.

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