What I Learned From Ted Lasso
If you have not streamed the best new show ever on TV, please consider moving it to the top of your watching list. If you have watched it – you know what I’m talking about.
Ted’s intention to build character and strength, not a winning football team, goes against the very grain of professional sports. Building relationships, being authentic, vulnerable, and not prideful anchors his purpose and passion. Each episode provides an entertaining reminder that the kindness and care we value are alive and well.
If you haven’t watched it, this is your spoiler alert.
Who would forgive the boss who admits she set him up for failure? Ted recognizes her genuine regret and the pain that motivated her. He understands the value of apologizing and forgiving.
Who would promote a clubhouse boy to coach? Ted noticed his attention to detail and knowledge of the sport. He rewards hard work.
Who would start a morning tradition of bringing a treat to a boss who doesn’t want the intrusions? Ted’s action is for the pure purpose of developing a positive working relationship. He interferes boldly.
Who would take a job with no expertise? Not sure if this is humble or stupid, but Ted does it without caring how he will be perceived. He is confident in his mission.
Who, surrounded by negativity on every front, stays on course? Ted is undeterred by pervasive doubters, unending name-calling, and even wins over a henchman of a journalist. He discards personal pride.
Who, holding the hurt of suicide inside, would transform it to help all he encounters who are emotionally wounded and then get the help he needs? Ted’s purpose is to support others to become their best selves, and he discovers he needs a boost, too. He genuinely cares about others and facilitates personal growth.
Who, when disrespected, asks what have I done, tell me what I need to learn? When verbally attacked, his response is humble and thoughtful. He responds with empathy.
I could go on and on because this show moved my heart and raised my optimism. You’ll find the “fruity” language, eclectic music, and cultural references delightful. And, I suspect, like me, you’ll want to be more like Ted, too.
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