I recently became a huge Ted Lasso fan. I’d heard it was good, but I was wary as humour can be very subjective. I was blown away. It was so funny and sweet and heartwarming, and my heart melted. I have now watched it through twice, back-to-back, and on my second viewing, I realised there are a lot of important lessons hidden in Ted Lasso.
I think that’s what separates good entertainment and truly great entertainment. Good entertainment keeps you interested; great entertainment teaches you and makes you think too.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, I will try to keep spoilers to a bare minimum.
Important Lessons Hidden In Ted Lasso
Lesson 1 — Attitude Is Key
The comedy hook for the show is that Ted is an American Football coach who has zero knowledge about British football, the rules, tactics, etc. Everyone laughs at him and waits for him to fail spectacularly, and at times he does. In the end, though, it all comes good. Why? Because he knows that inspiring the team and teaching them to believe in themselves is far more important.
I saw a great quote once that says whether you believe you can do it or you can’t, you’re right. A positive attitude and belief in yourself will take you far further in life than all the knowledge in the world.
Lesson 2 — A Smile Can Hide A Lot
In season one, Ted is relentlessly cheery and optimistic to the point of being annoying at times. In season 2, though, we learn more about Ted’s struggles with mental health and all the pain hidden behind his eternal smile.
Remember, just because someone seems fine does not mean they are. In fact, most people who have battled depression or anxiety long-term become masters at hiding their feelings and pretending they’re ok. So one of the most important lessons hidden in Ted Lasso is that you never know what someone is going through. Be like Ted and be kind.