Here’s the deal: most people secretly enjoy TV, and they should. TVs got a lot going for it, and it gets a really bad rap.

A ton of effort goes into making the shows and movies we all gobble up. The shows people watch are massive collaborations of driven, passionate directors, performers, writers, and crew.

It’s hard not to respect that.

Even in a recession, entertainment sells — do you know why?


Because TVs valuable and because it gives us something that everybody’s deeply interested in.

TV gives us emotions. Feelings. Relief.

  • TV gives us this stuff, quickly and easily, sure, but I say it gives a lot more.
  • TV gives brilliant insight and eye-opening life-coaching.
  • TV teaches you to be successful, inbetween all the laughter and tears.

Thing is… you’ll miss it if you aren’t paying attention, and most people aren’t.

You’ll miss it if you’re not focused on improving yourself and learning from everything.

I don’t wanna get in the habit of doing your work for you, but hopefully this will help start things off.

There’s goodness in TV and I’m here to lay some of it out for you.

I’m gonna start with one of the most impressive shows I’ve seen in a while – Community.

Community’s a comedy that unites a group of unlikely characters at a Community College study group.

The New York Times calls it: "mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off."

The show’s creation was spear-headed by Dan Harmon of The Sarah Silverman Show and Joe Russo of Arrested Development.

I could go on about how funny, moving, and mold-breaking this show is, but instead I’m going to take you through it’s pilot episode with an eye out for game-changing ideas.

So, ready to watch some TV?

You’re valuable.

All throughout the pilot episode of Community, there’s a running theme that "people are valuable" and that noticing and appreciating people’s value is the ‘special sauce’ of life.

Everyone’s hungry to be appreciated, and offering sincere appreciation to others is an incredible path to success.

Most people really don’t understand this idea, not really.

They get that on a surface level is important to understand people, but they don’t get it with emotion, there’s no feeling in it.

I write about it over and over, and still people don’t get how important it is to appreciate life.

Check out these clips from Community Season 1, Episode 1 and see if you get it.

‘Do You!’

Another deep insight is tucked inside this quick little clip.

See if you pick up on it.

It’s something personal to me, that I talk about often on Ryze: namely being real, being yourself, and ‘doing you’.

In this clip, Troy’s very focused on what the group thinks of him and his jacket. He’s worried about ‘looking weak’ by taking it off for approval, and he’s also worried about keeping it on and being hated on.

It seems like a lose-lose situation because either way he won’t be "seen" the way he wants.

Ever been there? Ever had a choice where either your parents won’t like you, or teachers, or girlfriend, or clients, or who ever!

Winger explains that both of Troy’s choices are ‘weak’ because none of them are focused on what he wants, how he feels best, and what makes him the happiest.

If Troy’s gonna wear the jacket or not, should really be based on what his heart tells him, and hey it might change as he gets older, but at least he’s "doing him."

Same goes for you, if you’re not sure what to do in your business or relationships, it’s probably because you’re too focused on what people think — do you.

And hey, if you don’t know how to do you, consider getting a coaching session with me or really making progress with Ryze’s How To ‘Be Real’ Blueprint.

And there’s one more cool idea Community offers us…

Be right, or be happy.

Our final reel focuses on Jeff Winger, the casually underhanded lawyer.

He spends much of the series trying to ‘cheat life’ but he also offers powerfully moving speeches and understandings of how life works.

During the clip below he explains how people’s perspectives can be shifted to make "anything right" but that’s not what life’s all about.

And he’s got a point– but there’s something to note: it takes a lot of energy and struggle to manipulate others or keep lies going all with the goal of being right.

When I was younger, I was very much like Winger. I was even told I’d make an incredible lawyer, because my confident way with words could ‘win’ any argument. (sigh :P)

It also made me kind of an asshole, who always needed to be right.

7 years of failure and being wrong cured me of that, but it’d be really cool if you could learn it from the video below.

Did it work? Did you get it?

Winger managed to convince the teacher, Mr. Duncan, that there’s no such thing as cheating and that helping oneself at the expense of others is okay.

It kinda back-fired on him though, as Duncan helps himself to Winger’s car.

Being right feels pretty good, and being happy at the expense of others, looks like it works but doesn’t, but ultimately doing what feels best to you, and aiming for win-win solutions where everyone’s happy are the most powerful.

Focus on enjoying and appreciating, and if someone’s view really bothers you, don’t deal with them!

At all!

Lead by example, if you cheat & harm others, what example are you setting, and who’re you rolling with?

Realize there’s a ton of people on Earth, and you can choose to spend your time with someone else 🙂

Shit’s cray, I know.

Laugh, cry and succeed

I’ve watched over 30,000 hours of pop culture, movies, and media and I don’t regret a single moment.

I’ve learned a lot from every bit of it, and you can too.

I’m not suggesting you let TV take over your life, you’re better than that.

I’m not saying use TV as a crutch to just zone out of life, you’re better than that too.

I’m saying… if it feels right to unwind with a show, go for it. I’m saying that yes, I know there’s a lot of B.S. on TV, but it’s your choice what you watch and it’s your choice what you get out of what you watch.

Community’s a show anyone can watch, but do you pay attention to the smart stuff they show you, or do you miss it?

If we sat side-by-side and watched the same "B.S." on TV…

Would we turn off our brains and let the show influence us and pull us away from life or would we mine it for laughs, feelings, and ideas on life?

I know what I’d do… do you?

Lemme know in the comments.

If you like this post, you might enjoy the post that inspired it from Denise over at nurturingcreativity.net – Inspiration Is Everywhere, Even In Your Television.

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