Saved By The Bell is classic. Epic. Rad?
Each episode contained a valuable lesson for school-aged kids in the early 90s.
But what about today? After 20 years, can we still extract some learning from this show? I say yes.
Fashions die, but character persists
These guys and gals were on the leading edge of fashion at the time. Well, except for Screech. Regardless, dressing like any of these characters today would land you quickly in the “Screech” bucket of popularity. But one thing is still true – we remember who they were as who they are. Zack still is the cool guy, and AC the athlete / jock. Jessie’s outfit may scream 80-year old librarian, but you can’t help but associate her with high intelligence.
When you’re overwhelmed, call a “time out”
If we only had the power. How nice would it be to stop everything mid-air, just like Zack Morris? Well we do – sort of.
It’s tempting to overreact to situations, to respond charged with emotion. But that can easily lead to a downward spiral. Instead, extract yourself from the situation to gather yourself, refocus on your desired outcome, and make a plan to get there.
Don’t forget to call a “time in”. Once you have your plan, set it in motion. Permanently calling time out will leave you disconnected, and that won’t help at all.
Find someone who already does what you want to do, and emulate them
In one episode (Season 3, Episode 6), Screech wanted to go on a date with a pretty girl, who was likely out of his league. But he knew that Zack dated girls like her all the time. So he copied Zack’s style and attitude (and hair) to get the girl.
If you want to get in better shape, then emulate someone in better shape. If you want to be better off financially, then find someone who lives like you want to live, and emulate them.
The obvious caveat is to keep your core self intact. No two athletes have the same habits. So find the one that matches closely to your own values. It’s no good to find wealth if you lose your values and passion in the process.
It’s all right, ’cause I’m saved by the bell.