Fred Flintstone is the leading character of the animated sitcom The Flintstones, which aired from 1960 to 1966. Fred is the husband of Wilma Flintstone and father of Pebbles Flintstone. His best friend is his next door neighbor, Barney, who has a wife named Betty and an adopted son, named Bamm-Bamm. It was telecasted throughout the 80s and 90s and even early 2000s worldwide. It remained one of the most watched cartoons which was translated in multiple languages worldwide.
Fred lives in the fictional prehistoric town of Bedrock, a world where dinosaurs coexist with modernized cave people and the cave people enjoy “primitive” versions of modern conveniences such as telephones, automobiles, and washing machines. Fred’s trademark catchphrase yell is “yabba dabba doo!”, a phrase that was originally his club’s cheer, and later adopted as part of the theme song from the third season on and used in the 1994 live-action Flintstones movie.
Continuing our leadership lessons for young minds, today let’s find out 8 things you can actually learn and adapt from Fred Flintstone.
- Short Temper is never a solution to anything
The current generation is short tempered. They get offended over everything (I’ve always stated before), and they are always angry. In the animated series, Fred Flintstone is shown as a bit of a blabbermouth; his lack of temper controlling power is the plot device for several episodes. The young leaders who would govern the next generation watching these classic cartoons can learn that a short fuse often leads to unnecessary complications.
- Work and Money is important
Fred spends a lot of hours in the quarry turning big rocks into smaller ones, here he is constantly tasked by the rich owner Mr Slate, constantly throwing curveballs his way. Slate lives like a king while others in town struggle, all of which is made more ridiculous when you realise that rocks (the most abundant thing around them) are their currency. Choosing a right path even in the leadership is important. Don’t invest too much time in something that is profitable to others but you’re only getting exhausted. Be smart about life choices both as an employee and a leader.
- Amend your Mistakes
When You Make Mistakes, clarify, get better and solve it ASAP – Fred often finds himself on the wrong end of his classic schemes, creating the necessity to make apologies. However, he’s always genuinely sorry and makes an impressive effort to apologize profusely when he upsets someone.
- Make yourself memorable
Despite being introduced more than fifty years ago, Fred Flintstone is still instantly recognizable. In addition to his cartoon roles, he’s also been portrayed in live-action films, teaching kids that a well-loved character never goes out of style. Live a lasting remark on anyone and everyone you meet. You are mortal, your name isn’t. Remember that.
- Refusing Complacency is Okay
Most of Fred’s schemes revolve around financial gain, as he’s dedicated to making sure that his family is well taken care of. The success, happiness and health of Wilma and Pebbles are the driving force behind his refusal to be complacent; kids watching him strive to improve his quality of life can learn a very valuable lesson about goals and determination. Leaders need that. Be a leader at home and only then you can lead the world as it is supposed to me.
- Good Friends Are The Greatest Treasure
Though Fred is focused on providing the best possible life for his family, he also understands the value of the Rubble family’s friendship. The families spend much of their time together, with Barney often helping Fred during his schemes.