Career Lessons from Classic Cartoons

Some of the classic cartoons that made us laugh as kids had helpful messages in their hilarious storylines. We learned about sharing, the importance of persistence, and more. Many of these lessons can still apply to your career. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane!

  1. Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner – Breaks are Okay

In this hilarious series of cartoon shorts, Wile E. Coyote tries again and again to capture the Road Runner using increasingly complex gadgets. Animator Chuck Jones had several rules for the series including “The Coyote could stop anytime—if he wasn’t a fanatic.”

The Road Runner frustrates Wile E. Coyote because he refuses to give up the chase. However, if you’re running into roadblocks in your job search, don’t be afraid of taking breaks to reassess. Recharging your batteries is important and taking a bit of time to reflect and reassess your own efforts can help rejuvenate your job search.

  1. Winnie the Pooh – Persistence is Key

Winnie the Pooh is a loveable and honey-loving bear living in the Hundred Acre Wood. Most of his adventures involve his love and dedication to honey. He’s willing to climb into beehives and pester his friends for a chance at something sweet. Even though he frequently comes across challenges, he never gives up, and his friends are always there to support him.

Your career should be the same way. Getting a promotion or finding that next job can be difficult, but if you think of things differently you might be able to overcome those challenges. For instance, if you aren’t getting a promotion despite stellar performance, you might need to talk to your boss about it. If they deny you a promotion, you can look at other job opportunities and move your career that way.

  1. Popeye the Sailor Man – It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Popeye’s adventures usually involve trying to please (or save) his on-again-off-again girlfriend Olive Oyl. When things seem dire, he downs a heaping helping of spinach, which gives him the super strength needed to save the day.

If you’re feeling down in your career or job search, you might wish you had some super-powered spinach of your own. While spinach is a bit less helpful in our world, a chat with friends or family can do wonders. Sometimes we get caught up in our own troubles, and a bit of outside perspective can be incredibly valuable.

Do you have any other favorite classic cartoons? Let us know in the comments section below!

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