Believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good

Posted on November 6th, 2013 in Perspectives on Leadership by John Jensen

Hello Leaders,

Did you know that the complete series of Boy Meets World just came out on DVD yesterday?!?!?!  Are you stoked?

For anyone who has never seen Boy Meets World, first off shame on you.  Boy Meets World was a hugely popular television series in the ’90s that went on for about 7 seasons that followed the main character, Cory, through middle and high school.  You probably should go watch it.  Cory’s teacher, Mr. Feeny, always managed to become Cory’s teacher throughout his entire academic career, and was typically irritated with Cory’s antics.  However, Mr. Feeny’s wisdom is definitely worth noting and highlighting some of his great lessons that he taught throughout the course of the show.

There is an awesome BuzzFeed article called “The 13 Most Important Life Lessons Learned From Mr. Feeny on “Boy Meets World” that you should really check out.

The two bits on here that I would like to highlight are the following

1. “See, it’s not enough to leave schools and just desire to succeed in this cold, cruel world.  because then you’ve simply become a part of it.  You must also have the desire to change it.  And to change it, you’ll need your fine mind, and his good heart.”

Here Mr. Feeny is saying that success after leaving school is not just about getting a job and making a living, it is also about changing things and making a difference.  All to often I hear from college students that their goal is to get a job for the time that they graduate and then their life will be complete.  However, money is not everything and to truly be fulfilled you need to do things that make you happy, you need to inspire change and make a difference.

2. “Believe in yourselves, dream, try.  Do good.”

This quote is from the last episode of Boy Meets World when the main characters visit Mr. Feeny’s classroom one last time after they graduate from High School asking for one last lesson.  This moment was one of only a few moments of complete compassion from Mr. Feeny throughout the series.  In this one statement Mr. Feeny sums up all of the lessons of the show.  There is a funny moment (at least to me) where Cory’s girlfriend Topenga says “Don’t you mean well?”  To which Feeny responds, that he indeed means to say “Do good.”  As “That Guy that Corrects People When They Say Good vs. Well”, I think this statement is actually very profound.  Mr. Feeny is giving them a call to action to go out into the world and make a difference.  Do good things, help people, and inspire change.

Until Next Time, Believe in yourselves, dream, try. Do good. (and watch Boy Meets World)



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