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5 Life Lessons Taught By The Muppets

5 Life Lessons Taught By The Muppets


    I can’t imagine living in a world without The Muppets. Those cuddly, felt critters are like best friends you’ve known your entire life. They’re fun, they’re goofy, and they just fill you up with a warm feeling inside…don’t they?

    Thanks to Jason Segel and a host of other talented folks, the recent The Muppets movie was a big success for Disney, and Jim Henson’s fluffy family is back in the limelight. Henson’s creations started out as a fun way to teach children some basic ABCs, as well as important life lessons. But as with The Muppet Show, the craziness was kicked up a few notches.

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    Just because you’re too old for Sesame Street (and hopefully you already know your ABCs), that doesn’t mean you’re not too old to learn something. The Muppets are more than entertainers — they’re pretty good teachers too.

    Here’s a look at 5 life lessons you can learn from The Muppets.

    1. Have Fun

    Being shot out of a cannon. Throwing boomerang fish. Telling awful knock-knock jokes. If nothing else, the Muppets sure know how to have a good time. As we get older, life seems to get more serious. And yes, more responsibility can do that to a person.

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    But never forget to take a deep breath and just live a little. Have some fun!

    2. Hang in There

    Before the recent success of their newest movie, The Muppets were in limbo for well over a decade. No hit movies, very little merchandising — no one seemed to care or even know who they were. But Disney took a shot with the latest film, and they’re back in the minds and hearts of fans everywhere.

    Being persistent is a valuable trait. When life’s knocking you for a loop, just hang in there. Lean on your friends when the going gets real rough and know that the tough times will eventually pass. Before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet stronger than ever.

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    3. Be More Tolerant

    If a pig and a frog can get along, then you and your neighbor can get along. Everyone can use a bit more tolerance and acceptance in the world. Stop worrying so much about how much money someone makes, or what kind of job they have, or even the color of their skin. Just accept people as people. Yes, you may not like them all but you can even learn to love annoying people.

    If the whole world would just sit down together and watch a few episodes of The Muppet Show, maybe we’d see a lot more countries trading in their arms for whoopee cushions.

    4. Music Makes Everything Better

    The one thing you could always count on from The Muppets is that they could break into some huge song-and-dance number at any given moment. Whether it’s doing chores or working on some mundane task at work, crank up the tunes and you’ll see how much better you feel and how much faster time goes by.

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    5. Dream Big

    They didn’t need to connect with any rainbows to follow their dreams. The Muppets always have a dream and they do whatever it takes to get there, no matter how big, crazy or unreachable it is. Heading to Hollywood to make a big picture or even putting on a telethon to raise 10 million dollars. They may not have always reached their goals, but they certainly gave it their all. Follow their lead. Dream often. Dream big. Perhaps someday you’ll make it.

    You may not have ping pong balls for eyes or an awkwardly placed hand controlling your every movement, but you can still live your life the way The Muppets do. Have fun, spread the love and follow your dreams.

    (Photo credit: Helga Esteb via Shutterstock)

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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