I love “Phineas and Ferb” on the Disney Channel. It’s the only show the kids watch that I will stop what I’m doing to watch with them. I mean, I pay attention (sorta) to the stuff that’s coming out of the boob tube, but since they watch Disney Channel more often than anything else, I really only have to pay attention about 1/8 of the time because Disney is so fond of airing reruns. I think I’ve seen the episode of “Jessie” with Creepy Connie about 12 times now.
But I digress.
I love “Phineas and Ferb,” and I think there are some things we can learn from the characters:
- Think big. The brothers always come up with these crazy inventions, limited only by their imaginations. Portal to Mars, anyone?
- Never give up on your dream. Candace is forever trying to bust her brothers, and is willing (most of the time) to put her other dreams (dating Jeremy) in the backseat as she pursues this goal with frightening single-mindedness.
- Be willing to help. Isabella and the Fireside Girls are always available to help Phineas & Ferb when their plan needs an assist. They even went to the Old Abandoned Old Abandoned Amusement Park (yes, you read that right) to get some sap from the only maraca nut tree in existence.
- Having an obscure animal as a pet is cool. Perry is so awesome that I have his un-spellable noise as my e-mail alert tone on my phone. I also have the Kimmunicator’s beeping as my text tone, but that’s a different show for a different post. But still, cool obscure animal as a pet in that one, too: the naked mole rat.
- Moms and dads are oblivious. Wait. Is this something we need to be learning? Scratch that one.
- Sometimes it’s easier to befriend the bully than it is to fight him. Witness Baljeet and Buford.
- Did I mention never give up on your dreams? Yeah, that’s an extra big one for me. I read that the creators of this show pitched it for 16 years before Disney picked it up. 16 years! How much is that in platypus years?
So – my goal in life right now is to submit, submit, submit. Maybe in the future some other aspiring-to-accomplish-something person will read about how long it took me to break into publishing and they’ll be amazed that nobody had the foresight to snatch up my manuscript sooner.
Now I want to hear from you. What are some lessons you think are good to take away from P&F? (For real – comment, people!)