What Barney Stinson Has Taught Me In Nine Years

Despite his relationship-phobia issues and womanizing-outlook on life, I feel that I have learned a lot from Neil Patrick Harris’s charmingly obnxious character on How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson. He may think way too dirty, act overly cocky, and make audiences doubt he isn’t bit of a sociopath, too, but despite his many character flaws, he has taught us some extremely important lessons. Now that the journey has ended, I would like to share with you a couple of the lessons I picked up along Barney’s journey on HIMYM:

1. Always believe in how awesome you are. Barney doesn’t accept the fact that he is anything below superior…the best…amazing…and most of all, awesome. “When I am sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” Maybe if we all believed in ourselves like Barney believes in himself, we’d be happier and more willing to take risks to enrich ourselves.

2. New is always better. Like Ted, you may have a dozen reasons why this rule of Barney’s isn’t true (like the grape-infused scotch). But I like to think that new can’t be any worse than the old. Running shoes. Cell phones. Car smell. Kittens. And if you like something that is “old,” aren’t you always reinventing that thing to make it stay relevant to your life?

3. Nothing suits me like a suit. Batman has his mask and Superman has his cape. We all have “costumes” that make us feel powerful and secure. Wear whatever makes you comfortable and powerful…weather it be an Italian 3-piece or a flannel button-down with jeans. At the end of the day, don’t try to be anyone else but YOU!

4. The Bro Code. The Bro Code is a list of rules that Barney (or one of his ancestors, we still aren’t sure) created for guys to follow. I learned a lot from the Bro Code, including Article 12, Bros don’t share dessert. The Bro Code Blog

5. Be a best friend. Although they were an unlikely pair from the beginning, Barney was convinced that he was Ted’s best friend, because Ted was his. Ted never confirmed this, but deep down both of them – and all of us – knew it was true. And even though this friendship was tested on a few occassions, their loyalty always brought them back to one another. I guess the lesson here is to have a friend, you need to be a friend. So start being friendly.

6. Everything has potential to be Legendary, so act like it. Who says today has to be an ordinary day? Who says that my math lesson that I have planned for my last block can’t be the best math lesson ever?! Don’t be bound by limitations and expectations…shoot for the moon! Make the most extraordinary lasagna your family has ever had! Go to work and have the best day of your life! Nobody has the power to make things legendary like you do, but it does start with you.

Thank you, Barney, for the many laughs and lessons. Time to go update my video CV….


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