“Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.” –Homer Simpson

Over the years, Homer has taught us many valuable lessons about finding and leading a successful career.

Versatility is Key

“It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.” (He should know, he's had over 100 different jobs…)

Homer Simpson

The Importance of Education

“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?”

Follow Your Dreams

“All my life I've had one dream, to achieve my many goals.”

Persevere, Persevere, and Then Persevere Again

“If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing.”

Give it Your All

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”

Avoid Shortcuts

“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They're about to announce the lottery numbers.”

Be Intellectually Honest

“If something goes wrong at the plant, blame the guy who can't speak English. Ahhh, Tibor.”

Keep a Strong Work Ethic

“Lisa, if you don't like your job, you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed.”

Continuously Strive to Improve

“I'm going to lose my job just 'cause I'm dangerously unqualified!”

Working Hard is a Team Effort

“I think Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I'm around.”

Always Be Prepared

“I want to share something with you: the three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.”

Take Pride in What You Do

“No matter how good you are at something, there's always about a million people better than you.”

Leave Your Mark on Society

“Dad, you've done a lot of great things, but you're a very old man, and old people are useless.”

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This article was part of Robert Hruzek's What I Learned From group writing project.

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Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.

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  2. Pete Aldin

    The Wisdom of Homer. I also like his advice on guilt: “You can’t keep blaming yourself; just blame yourself once and move on.”

  3. Robert Hruzek

    Oh, Pete, that’s good!

    Jacob, thanks for sharing your heart-felt secrets! Keep on, man, keep on!

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  7. Genesis

    Great lessons! lol, my favorite is the one on Take Pride in What You Do. It is so true sometimes!

  8. Jacob Share

    I’m not sure which one I like best, it’s a tossup between the Versatility one and the Work Harder one. I have worked with too many people who epitomized that second one

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