Leslie Knope is my fictional character hero. She’s kind, smart, funny, ambitious and caring (also, she’s dating Ben Wyatt and loves Harry Potter). Oh, and Leslie has great taste in food. I’m a devoted Parks & Rec viewer. I can absolutely relate to wanting something as badly as Leslie wants to be councilwoman. Also, I really want to be part of the Pawnee Goddesses. I could pretend that this didn’t happen, but it totally did, so I’m going to share it with all of you: I cried a little when Leslie was voting for herself. That’s how invested I am in Leslie Knope’s well-being.
Leslie is efficient (basically a badass), and I love that. There are a lot of characters on television and film, but I think Leslie is one of the few that doesn’t only enjoy what she does, but she does it really well.
I’ve always been of the mindset that if you’re going to do something, then you should do it right. The only thing worse than failure is mediocrity. Being mediocre is awful. You don’t even have the excuse that you tried, but just weren’t good at it, whatever “it” is. Being mediocre is sort of like you tried, and sort of, kind of, got some results, and that was good enough.
Grrrrr…not good enough.
Obviously, Leslie Knope is a fictional character so things are probably going to go her way on more than one occasion, but I’m pretty sure that 150% effort never hurt anyone’s job and career prospects. It’s a good thing to stand out for being good at what you do.
Being competent and efficient are abilities that are often overshadowed by other skills, but they are incredibly important skills. We all know when we actually did our best as opposed to half-assing a job. Leslie-fying the World, isn’t a bad idea, when you think about it:
1. This is for you college kids because, trust, I’ve been there. Those Bs that could have been As? Not that grades are everything, but I don’t even want to think about all those Bs that where thisclose to As if I had tried just a little harder. There’d be a lot of people graduation with honors.
2. I’m not going to pretend like most of us don’t diet and exercise to look better, we totally do. In my personal experience, and I’m sure a few of yours too, if I had stuck with my diet and exercise plan, I’d probably have reached my health goals by now.
3. That promotion or raise that you’ve been thinking about would be a lot easier to get if you could show that you’re doing your current job really well. Bosses like that kind of thing.
4. The World would feel pretty damn good about itself. Knowing that you’re doing your job well, is a pretty amazing feeling.
Be Leslie Knope. It’s cliche, but be the best that you can be. If you want to make cupcakes for a living, do it, but make sure they’re the best damn cupcakes out there.
Also, I’d like to endorse the campaign for Knope 2o16.