Lessons from Ferris

I posted a couple of days ago about the significance to me of the John Hughes film classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. What I didn’t mention then was the lessons that we can learn from the cult-hero Ferris. So here goes…

Life can be pretty sweet if you wake up and embrace it

Ferris’ mission is to show his best friend, the pessimistic Cameron, that the whole world in front of him is passing him by. Go beyond the normal, reach out of the comfort zone, do something DIFFERENT, anything!

Make the most of what you have

Ferris “asked for a car and got a computer”. Whilst obviously disappointed with not having his own wheels, Ferris maximizes what he does have at his disposal (granted, using the Mac to hack into his school record is not above-board, but at least he shows initiative!). Let’s use what we have not regret what we don’t.

Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it

Simple message: find the joy

A day is always better with a plan

In under 12 hours, Ferris and his cohorts took in the views from Sears Tower Skydeck, checked out the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, dined in style at Chez Quis, caught an innings of a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, marvelled at works in the Art Institute of Chicago and joined a street parade, capping the day off with a spa!

Yes, it’s only a movie, but I reckon if we apply some of these lessons to our own worlds, our lives will instantly be richer, bigger and a heck of a lot more fun!


BTW – if you haven’t seen this movie, why not??!!

What do you think?