8 Life Lessons We Gleaned From Michael Scott

8 Life Lessons We Gleaned From Michael Scott

If I could, I would re-watch all 9 seasons of The Office on Netflix. Well, at least the ones where Michael Scott was still manager at the Scranton  branch of Dunder Mifflin.

Most people would probably say that Michael was awkward and clueless, completely unaware of his offensive comments and behavior. But through all of the awkward, cringe-worthy moments we witnessed over the course of the show, there definitely times when he had a flash of genius.

1) There are times in life where you’re going to have to trust your instincts. Even though you’re not quite sure where you’ll end up, it’s important to just take the first step.

2) We are all the same. Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, female, male, young, old, gay, straight. We all have the same basic needs like food and shelter. We all strive to take care of ourselves and those we love. We pursue happiness but also experience failure. It doesn’t matter what our race, religion, gender or sexual preferences are. We are all the same.


3) When we are going after something, we know what the desired end result is. But it’s important not to go after it blindly. Have a plan and know the steps you’re going to take to get to your goal.


4) How many times have you heard the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff?” Michael put a different spin on it.


5) Eating ice cream in the morning was Michael’s way of exemplifying the You Only Live Once motto. Yolo, Michael, yolo.


6) Simply put, we must always strive to perservere and stick to the plan no matter what.


7) Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, not everyone is going to like us. There will be people who could care less about us. The key is to remember this fact. I would highly suggest not going to Michael’s extreme though. We probably shouldn’t be so cavalier and not care about anyone liking us.


8) When Michael literally declared bankruptcy, it was a reminder of how confusing the English language and our use of it could be. We ask for people’s John Hancock when all we want is their signature. We request to take a rain check when we want to postpone something. We shoot the breeze with each other when we’re just having casual conversation. In this melting pot that we live in, we have to remember that not everyone is going to get these phrases and we should be mindful about the words we choose.


Were you a fan of The Office? What life lesson did you pick up from Michael Scott or any of the other Dunder Mifflin employees?

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