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Surprisingly practical wisdom from "The Office."

Guillermo Gonzalez
Guillermo Gonzalez
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Surprisingly practical wisdom from "The Office."
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The best show to be created, "The Office," is usually seen as a comedy of unique taste. Though this show is technically a comedy, there are some excellent golden nuggets of wisdom. Here are a few of my favorites in order of impact (at least for me).

Identity theft

"Identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!" – Dwight Schrute.

Technically, this is true and therefore worthy of mention.

Don't be an idiot

"What's the most inspiring thing I ever said to you?" – Michael Scott... "Don't be an idiot" changed my life. – Dwight Schrute

If only some people took this to heart, we would have a better world. Just don't be an idiot. That's it.

An innate ability to make the best of things

"It all seemed so very arbitrary; I applied for a job at this company because they were hiring, I took a desk at the back because it was empty, but... no matter how you get there, or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home." – Creed Bratton.

This is one of my favorite quotes from the office. This comment by Creed, one of the oddest characters in the story, captures something that rings true to most humans. Simple decisions in life can lead to extraordinary fantastic places you never imagined.

The good old days are now.

"I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them." – Andy Bernard.

This is an excellent thought. Imagine what it would be like to know that you are in "the good old days" now? It would cause us to enjoy every minute of it. Therefore, live with such intentionality that one day you can look back and know that you made the most out of every moment of your day.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take – Wayne Gretzky "– Michael Scott – Michael Scott.

Nuff said

Intuition is better than tuition.

"I came here today because I promised you tuition. And tuition is very valuable. But, you know what's invaluable? Intuition." – Michael Scott.

This is one of the funniest and cringiest scenes in the show. As funny as this scene is, what Michael says is very accurate. What is more valuable than tuition? Intuition is. Michael goes on to describe what this is; "You know what that is? That is the ability to know when something is about to happen." Intuition is invaluable. In Christianity, this is called discernment.

Now, onto my favorite quote of the entire show.

Thoughts on confidence

"Confidence — it's the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool." – Vikram.

By far my favorite quote of the whole show. The message behind this quote is accurate. They were uttered by a character that only appears a few times; his words of wisdom last forever. Confidence is a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. I know many confident people that their confidence buries them deeper and deeper into an abyss of foolishness. Thinking they are bold, they are truly pale. Assuming they are strong, they are fragile. Considering they are wise, they are indeed fools.

On the other hand, I know those you would not consider as confident, but they indeed are because they don't make a big deal out of their confidence. Their confidence is rooted in knowing who they are. Confidence is not their identity; it simply feeds them in healthy ways. They don't even think of themselves as confident people. Still, they are full of confidence because they act from security rooted in tremendous foundational philosophies and worldviews that guide their lives. Their foundations are strong. Consequently, confidence is; the food of the wise but the liquor of the fool.

What are some of your favorite and valuable quotes from The Office? Comment them below!

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Computer Science graduate. Served in many churches as a Youth Pastor and Executive Pastor. Now I am the Lead Pastor of Mariners Church in Santa Ana, CA.