5 unexpected life lessons from Scooby Doo

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At 29 years old, it might strike you as odd that I confess to watching Scooby Doo cartoons for reasons I explained in a previous article but in all my years of watching I’ve realised that there are some important life lessons from Scooby Doo and his gang…

Don’t let fears hold you back

When the gang were confronted by a monster, despite their fears, they worked through the clues objectively and methodically to uncover the truth. They were scared and often ran away from the monster but they always came back to working through the clues they found and coming to rational conclusions who the monster was. Although they were scared, they were calm which allowed them to uncover the truth.

Often we see tasks or jobs as huge monsters that scare us when all we need to do is calm ourselves down, look at the situation objectively and take it a step at a time to work it all out in our heads. I am often overwhelmed by big tasks so I have learnt in recent years to take baby steps because although it may take longer to work through the problem, I will work through it eventually.

Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us

Whenever Velma fell down a trap door or wondered off by herself she lost her glasses which often caused her vision to blur. She would think she was ok despite being surrounded by monsters or confuse everyday objects or people for monsters when they weren’t there. So we realise that monsters are rarely seen as they are but are often mistaken for something else.

We see a friend instead of a toxic relationship. We see a father instead of a monster. We see a boss instead of a tirant. And so, sometimes, we need to put on our glasses to see people and situations for what they really are. Some are uglier than we could ever have imagined. And yet, we can often see monsters that aren’t really there. Our fear leads us to see things our minds what us to see and it can be very hard to tell ourselves that not everything is a problem or ‘monster’.

Working in a team doesn’t mean you lose individuality

Many people think that life requires us to work individually or in a team as though we can’t do both simultaneously which isn’t true; Scooby Doo proved this. Though they split up to find clues, they always came back together to discuss what they found and what it meant.

We all have different experiences in life which shape who we are and how we think which means that when we form a group, we all have something different to bring. As individuals we can see things in unique ways to each other but as a team we can pull those ideas and thoughts together to truly get the best result. Being part of a team means working together to get the best possible outcome; something we can’t always achieve by ourselves.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help

Scooby Doo and the gang never captured the ‘monster’ by themselves. They would always discuss and act out the plan for the trap together with each other’s help.

As people we are brought up to be independent; to think and act by ourselves and for ourselves because ‘nobody can look after you better than you’ which means we often see asking for help as a sign of weakness when nothing could be further from the truth.

I personally believe that asking for help means that we are exceptionally strong because we are wise enough to appreciate that we can’t fight every battle alone; sometimes we need our friends, family and colleagues to lend their support. Whether it’s something small such as asking a stranger where a building is as you’re lost or asking a family member or friend for emotional support when you need it, Scooby Doo knew that he never needed to be alone.

Sometimes we need rewards

In the show you could argue that eating a Scooby Snack had two different meanings in relation to real life. It showed that there will always be something in life that we’ll do anything for and also, sometimes it’s ok to treat yourself for your hard work.

Scooby often needed the snack as bribary to get him to play the bait or he would happily chase the monster because he knew that he would get a Scooby Snack afterwards and as adults we’re not much different. We all have something or someone we would do anything for to make everyone happy. Likewise we sometimes need to just allow ourselves a treat for no good reason other than we want one. Whether that means buying those shoes you’ve been eyeing up for weeks or the ‘trip of a lifetime’ you’ve been putting off for years, sometimes you need to just get or do something because you want to without having to justify it to anyone else but yourself.

  • Kirsty


    Love this. So many ‘childrens’ shows are written off as meaningless rubbish yet they all contain lessons we can learn from. The Simpsons and Spongebob being my favourites.

    • Toni

      Kirsty – I think there’s a lot to learn from Spongebob and definitely The Simpsons – maybe I should start a cartoon analysis series! 😉

  • Jill


    Very insightful – who knew that Scooby Doo had so many lessons in it! I certainly hadn’t thought about it. Well written as always 🙂

    • Toni

      Jill – classic example of how I over think everything and also because when you spend so many hours watching it, little things start to become more recognisable! Glad you liked the post 🙂

  • Mark


    You have surprised me with this clever, and undoubtedly true piece of writing. Brilliant Toni. I’m off for another Scooby Snack.

    • Toni

      Mark – You always have lovely words for me; thank you so much! 🙂 xx

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