About five years ago, I was watching tv in bed on a lazy weekend, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was on one of the movie channels. Surprisingly, at 20 years old, I had never seen it, so I switched it on and watched the obsession begin.
Ferris Bueller is the culmination of everything I aspire to be (aside from, you know, lying to everyone about being sick). Ferris is smart, funny, well dressed, and has an adventurous heart. He’s also pretty darn resourceful, and that is something that I’ve had to learn to be every day, especially at work.
My Top Three Ferris-isms:
- You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.
All too often, it’s easy to focus on the negative. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s going wrong instead of what’s going right, or to not bother to look for any positives at all. Ferris reminds us that it’s not all roses, but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel if we just try.
- The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?”
That one is easy. Why settle for mediocrity? Don’t just say you’re going to do what you need to, wash your hands of it, and go home. Go BIG. Have fun. Go a little crazy. Do whatever it is that you possibly can to look back on and think “Wow, I did that, and it was AWESOME”.
- Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
You knew this would be number one. It’s the famous last words of seniors in yearbooks all across the country. It’s on art. It’s on t-shirts. But WHY? Because it makes sense. All too often, I can get caught up in how fast the day moves, and everything that is happening around me. I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at the clock and realized its 3:00 when it was 10:00 what seemed like 30 minutes ago. This always reminds me to take it easy whenever I can – crack a joke with my teammates or grab coffee with one of my other coworkers. I don’t want to get so wrapped up in the “what” that I completely miss the FUN.
If none of these things do it for you, or you’re still skeptical about the genius that is Ferris, this should change your mind.
Deeanna S. is a Customer Success Advocate and Tudor history buff who loves the outdoors.