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What characters from films, TV shows, or novels are good sources for inspiration on improving one's productivity in work, study, or daily life chores? What can we learn from them about how to be more productive?

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closed as off topic by Jeanne Boyarsky Dec 25 '11 at 1:03

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I'm closing this because we aren't discussing something useful like why they are productive. Feel free to re-ask this question in a more productive way :). – Jeanne Boyarsky Dec 25 '11 at 1:03

Atom Ant

That tiny ant
With his atomic power

He's got what it takes
And ALWAYS makes
The villiest villians cower

He's rough!
He's tough!
And bad guys yell "enough"!

at 'em

Atom Ant!

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Name: Santa Claus

Job position: CEO of a secret NGO belived to be somewhere near North Pole.

Main Assignments: Cookie eating, milk drinking, hohohoing, chimney sneaking, present delivering.

Efficiency records

  • The Universal Postal Union reportedly identified over 6 million letters[1] adressed to several volunteers of Santa Claus from more than 150 countries. Given the zero costs it's far more efficient than any low-cost forced labour in morally questionable asian industries.
  • Delivering gifts to over 90 million houses in 31 hours having only one vehicle at his disposal. The estimated speed at which this said magical sleigh travels is 650 miles per second or 1,046 kilometers per second - 3,000 times the speed of sound[2].


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There are plenty of reasons not to like her novels, and hopefully we can stay away from those here, but the fiction of Ayn Rand is full of productive fictional characters. In fact, she glorifies them. Examples include:

  • Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged)
  • Hank Rearden (Atlas Shrugged)
  • Howard Roark (The Fountainhead)
  • Gail Wynand (The Fountainhead)
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Probably Dilbert can be one example or anti-example :)

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Slightly funny but the internet meme "Asian Father" could be a satirical example.

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