Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell in the Christmastime favorite Elf, isn’t the kind of character you easily forget. In fact, I dare you to watch the film and NOT smirk at this 6-foot-3 elf’s antics!
Buddy is more than just a character, though — he’s a pop icon that’ll likely appeal to generations to come. Be more like him in your daily life, and you could end up much better off than you already are! You’ll go far if you apply his attitude to your daily routine at work, at home, or when interacting with new friends.
Tip #1: Enthusiasm is invaluable…and contagious.
Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?
Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!
Whether he’s smiling, singing, or skipping, Buddy isn’t shy about spreading cheer to anyone who will listen. His upbeat attitude is overwhelming to people who aren’t expecting it, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Smile when you see a co-worker in the hallway. Don’t be afraid to sing a peppy song if the room could use some mood-lightening. And for goodness sake — be friendly even if you’re having a bad day. People will notice your rays of sunshine and (hopefully) get inspired to shine as well!
Tip #2: Never take no for an answer (in a respectful way).
Buddy: I’m singing/I’m in a store/and I’m siiiiiingiiiiing!/I’m in a store/and I’m siiiiiingiiiiing!
Gimbel’s Manager: HEY! There’s no singin’ in the North Pole!
B: Yes there is!
Gimbel’s Manager: No there’s not!
B: We sing all the time!
Gimbel’s Manager: No you don’t!
B: Especially when we build toys!
Do you think Buddy’s infectious goodwill is swayed by the word “no”? You guessed it. He is so eager to please that he doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Don’t accept the first response that comes your way! You’d be surprised how much moods can change with a bit of cheery persuasion. Refuse to take NO for an answer in business, too. Do you have any idea how many innovators and celebrities failed their first time around? They wouldn’t be around if they’d accepted rejection! Like them, Buddy knows that persistence is a primary ingredient in the recipe for success. There’s a time and a place for everything, however, so always use discretion and be respectful to others if you follow this tip.
Tip #3: Go above and beyond your call of duty.
Gimbel’s Manager: Hey guys, you seen the place? Pretty good, they must have brought in a professional. I dunno why, but someone’s gunning for my job. But look, let’s stick together on this. If you get wind of anything, call me on my radio. Channel three, code word is “Santa’s got a brand new bag”.
During Buddy’s short employment at Gimbel’s, he managed to transform the entire “North Pole” section of the store into a mind-bogglingly gorgeous winter wonderland. He did such an outstanding job that his boss became convinced that corporate brought in a professional decorator! He wasn’t required to decorate the department so thoroughly, but he did it because he wanted to spiff up the place for Santa’s arrival the next day. Go the extra mile for your task at hand and people will notice.
Tip #4: Appreciate the little things.
Buddy: Good news! I saw a dog today!
This one’s simple because we all lose sight of our goals from time to time. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the daily grind that we forget to relish the tiny bits of happiness that lie directly in front of us. Take a deep breath, look around you, and find those small things that make you smile! If that means taking 5 minutes to play in the snow or to giggle at pictures of cats in sweaters, then so be it. Clear your head periodically and your brain will be able to function better afterwards. What’s the point of life if you never enjoy what you’re doing each day?
Tip #5: CARE.
Buddy: Deb, you have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card!
Deb: Oh, you just made my day!
Buddy’s enthusiasm carries over to every new friend he makes and he loves to make them feel good about life. He’s even bold enough to tell people when they’re being a “cotton-headed ninny muggins.” He truly cares about everyone and it shows! Even if you’re not on-par with his always-gleeful outlook on humanity, you can still take a minute to care about the ones you love (or like) every day. Deliver a compliment to your officemate if he deserves it. Look out for your loved ones’ well-being. This applies on a general level as well. For example, don’t forget to care about your work; the moment you stop caring about quality and dedication is the moment you’re destined to fail!
Are you launching your own business? Do you want to break the ice with acquaintances? Need to find a way to get along better with co-workers? No problem. Just remember that Buddy the Elf has your back! If you’ve never seen the film, then you should check it out. I guarantee you’ll get a few smiles out of it.
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