7 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Sherlock Holmes


If there’s anything that Sherlock Holmes has taught us, it’s to not rely on talent alone to make it big in this world. The eccentric, brilliant detective solved mysteries with such ease that it’s almost impossible to not be jealous of Holmes. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books to the Hollywood movie and the TV series, Mr. Holmes has definitely taught us some valuable life lessons!

Be observant

“You see, but you do not observe.”

The devil is in the details! Remain observant of everything around you. A problem may be simple at first glance but it’s the finer details that hold the key to solving it.

Trust facts

“Data! Data! Data! I cannot make bricks without clay.”

Like Sherlock Holmes, it is important to have a logical and scientific mindset. Never blindly believe things. Believe it only if it is backed by data and facts.

Remain objective

“Sentiment is a chemical defect found in the losing side.”

Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment. When tackling problems, leave your emotions aside and take practical decisions. Anger or tears never really helped solve real issues.

Never give up

“My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.”

If you have a dream, chase it till it becomes a reality. If you don’t believe in your own dreams, nobody else will. Like our friend, Sherlock, don’t rest till you figure it out because it’s okay to be obsessed!

Stay a step ahead

“It is my business to know what other people don’t know.”

This may even be the secret to success in life! Knowing what others don’t know puts you at an advantage and gives you an edge.

Have that one close friend

“I don’t have friends. I just have one.”

“More the merrier” needn’t always be the case. Having that one trustworthy, a like-minded friend is more important than a cacophony of pretentious conversations. Find that true friend, and give it you're all. They will be with you through it all, through thick and thin.

Think outside the box

“Dear God. What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.”

The genius that Sherlock Holmes was, he would sometimes spend the entire night smoking his pipe thinking, disguise himself or cleverly get people to give themselves away. There is always more than one way to approach a problem. Think creatively, think outside the box.

Whether you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan like us or not, you have to admit that there one too many lessons we can all learn from him. When in doubt, turn to Mr. Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson for some sound advice (and entertainment of course). Here’s wishing every one of you a happy work week ahead!