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10 Valuable Life Lessons You Can Learn By Watching ‘Star Trek’

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With the ‘Star Trek’ 50th anniversary coming up in September, we thought this would be a great way to commemorate the iconic pop culture staple.

Bestselling author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek, Dave Marinaccio, has broken down 10 valuable life lessons we can all learn from watching ‘Star Trek.’

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned from watching Star Trek. These are the things I learned:

Each person or each species, no matter how alien, has the right to live their lives as they wish. (As long as they’re not trying to take over the galaxy or eat you or something.)

Everyone has a role in life. Sulu is the navigator. Uhura is the communications specialist. Do your own job and the ship will function more smoothly.

Whatever you are doing, answer a distress call. The most important time to help someone is when they need it.

If you mess something up, it’s your responsibility to make things right again. (Say you disrupt history and cause the Nazis to win World War II. To correct matters, you have to let Joan Collins walk in front of a car even though you’re in love with her.)

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

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If you can keep your head in a crisis, you’ve got a fighting chance.

The unknown is not to be feared. It is to be examined, understood and accepted.

Close friends become family and family is the true center of the universe.

End every episode with a smile.

And lastly, with time and patience, you can even learn something from The Next Generation.


These lessons are no less valuable, no less urgent now, in 2016, then they were when the first ever Star Trek episode aired in 1966. This is why millions of people spend their weekend watching the latest Star Trek movie in theaters.

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Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. It may be dressed in some real lame costume, but it’s there. Every situation you will face in life has already been faced by the crew of the Starship Enterprise NCC 1701 – how to respond to challenge, how to treat your friends, how to pick up girls, how to get ahead on the job, how to run a business.

And remember, as Captain Kirk once so wisely said, “sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.”

Dave Marinaccio is an international bestselling author and successful marketing business entrepreneur. His bestselling book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek, is drawn from his long career in the advertising business. He is co-founder and SVP, CCO of Laughlin Marinaccio & Owens in Arlington, VA, which is now the largest shop in the Washington area with over $100 million in billings. In the course of his 30-year career as a copywriter and creative director, Marinaccio has worked at several leading national advertising agencies and has created ads for Pizza Hut, Sunkist, American Dairy Association, McDonald’s, Gillette, Jovan, Oscar Mayer, 7-UP, Warner Lambert and many other national brands. He is an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient and has given lectures at The Smithsonian, IBM, and Star Trek conventions. He is a regular contributor on marketing issues at News Channel 8 in DC. 

Learn more about David Marinaccio and his agency, LMO, at www.lmo.com.

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