A great deal, actually!
Fred Rogers truly believed in the endless value of others. He sprinkled the idea that everyone has infinite worth throughout the 30+ years of his career.
Here are 6 things we can learn about infinite worth from Fred Rogers.
1. Accept others.
“Finding ways to harmonize our uniqueness with the uniqueness of others can be the most fun — and the most rewarding — of all,” he said. Mr. Rogers appreciated that each person on his Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood show and in his life was unique and valuable.
2. Recognize how wonderfully unique you are.
Although Mr. Rogers’ TV show was idealistic, Fred Rogers was realistic about the flaws in all people. He reminded viewers that no one is perfect, however, these imperfections can teach us to appreciate the specialness in everyone. Remember his iconic phrase, “I like you just the way you are.”
3. Although our outward appearance may display differences, we are similar humans on the inside.
“Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story,” he stated, because he was genuinely interested in the stories of others. “You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.” Mr. Rogers truly sought to find ultimate worth in each person. “When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
4. Because you are valuable, you can make a valuable impact.
“Never underestimate the impact that your mere existence can have on another human being,” he said. “There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” Everyone, including you, has infinite worth. “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.”
5. You can use your infinite worth to gain ultimate success.
“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” That was the great thing about his show for young children, he simply explained wonderful life lessons that people of ages could understand.
6. Everyone has value that can’t be measured.
“Love is like infinity: You can’t have more or less infinity, and you can’t compare two things to see if they’re ‘equally infinite.’ Infinity just is, and that’s the way I think love is, too.” Your worth is infinite as well. Each person wants to know their worth. “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”