5 Lessons from Rudolph

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert Lewis May, first appearing in a 1939 booklet, published by the Montgomery Ward department store.  Since then, the iconic character has shown up in many forms, including a theatrical cartoon short (1948), the song we all know and love (1949), comic books (commencing in 1950), and a Little Golden Books version adapted by Barbara Shook Hazen & illustrated by Richard Scarry (1958).

Although the famous stop-animation version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired in 1964, it is a beloved holiday classic that will be viewed for years to come!  It's a classic story, but resonates with all ages with multiple important lessons that are relevant through the decades!

What are a few lessons can we learn from Rudolph??  Let's take a look!

Don't be a jerk.  

In the song, the other reindeer made fun of Rudolph, but in the movie, one of the clear jerks was Comet...  an adult role model that excluded Rudolph from games with the others.  Because his nose "blinks like a blinkin' beacon."

As a role model, you can uplift or wreck someone else's confidence, especially for those that don't yet have a strong mindset.  Help both those at the top of their game AND the underdog.  It's not your purpose in life to crush someone else.  Use your powers for good!  (Be a valuable person and a great role model!)

If you are labeled a Misfit - celebrate it!

All toys that were slightly different (or deemed broken or defective) were banished to The Island of Misfit Toys.  They had their own type of society on this Island.  They even deemed that Rudolph and Hermey wouldn't fit in.

King Moonraiser: Come closer. What do you desire? 
Rudolph: Well, we're a couple of misfits from Christmastown, and now we'd like to live here. 
King Moonraiser: No, that would not be possible. This island is for toys alone. 
Yukon Cornelius: How do you like that? Even among misfits you're a misfit. 

Be you!  The world would be a very dull place without variety and "imperfection."  If you are "different" from others, it may be easy to retreat and hide yourself away.  To repress.  Don't do this to yourself and don't allow anyone else to do it to you!  CELEBRATE!  (Others will be attracted to the AUTHENTIC you!)  

Never discount someone - the one whom you may think is a foe may truly be an ally.

Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster was the scary antagonist in the show!  But by the end of the show, he has made a transformation and he helps decorate for the celebration!

Don't turn anyone away, unless they are only bringing negativity energy into your space.  There are people that will not resonate with you and your purpose, and that's okay.  But don't quickly judge someone and categorize them, based on your lack of understanding of them.  They may just do a 180 turnabout!  You can be the catalyst!

There is someone out there that loves you for YOU.  Probably more than one someone!  

Find your tribe!

Rudolph: What do you want? 
Clarice: You - You promised to walk me home. 
Rudolph: Aren't you going to laugh at my nose, too? 
Clarice: I think it's a handsome nose. Much better than that silly false one you were wearing. 
Rudolph: It's terrible... and it's different from everybody else's! 
Clarice: But that's what makes it so grand. Why, any doe would consider herself lucky to be with you. 

Visualize those with whom you WANT to be surrounded, whether friends, family or significant other.  The more specific you can become, the better.  Ask those questions of yourself and the answer will come.  And your tribe will fall into place.

Let others find you to be indispensible.  Leverage yourself.

Rudolph was discounted and even ridiculed because he was different.  But when push came to shove, the element that made him DIFFERENT was the very thing that saved the day!  

Even if you feel like you are unwanted and unneeded - keep searching for your purpose or finding ways to use it.  Rudolph was the only one that could be the guide that foggy night, with his unusual light source!  Someone may not immediately see your gift, but that does not mean it's not valuable.


If you resonate with any of those points, you can tell your story!  Others are attracted to your authentic story - learn how to tell it.