- Know When to Take Life Seriously
- Don’t Be Afraid to Think Outside of the Box
- Teamwork is One of the Most Important Assets you Have
- Be Careful Who you Trust Over the first few episodes of Squid Game, we learn some not-so-favorable information about Sangwoo - despite having gotten into SNU, he had sunk far into debt and had even used his mother’s own house as collateral. His family still did not know this, and his mother even continued to brag about her son who attended Seoul National University despite not having been in contact with him for quite some time. Unfortunately, all of these red flags were unbeknownst to Ali who fully trusted Sangwoo. He hadn’t seen anything that had led him to believe that Sangwoo would betray him, but during the Gganbu episode, Sangwoo did just that by stealing his marbles, and Ali had to face the consequences. As was common, Ali did not seek to learn about Sangwoo outside of the game. If he did, maybe he would have been able to see Sangwoo’s true nature and avoid his unfortunate demise. This is a good example of how you shouldn’t be too trusting of people, especially when your relationship is mutually beneficial. Without learning about their past, it can be difficult to know whether or not they would get rid of you once you no longer serve a purpose to them.
- Your Prior Knowledge May Come into Play at Unexpected Times Would there have even been a winner in Squid Game without the ever so helpful windowmaker of episode 7? Maybe not. His knowledge of glass allowed the last three players in the game to successfully pass. Without him, there wouldn’t have been any way for them to guess which glass was tempered - without jumping, that is. When the windowmaker entered the games, he likely did not think that his experience in a window factory would save the lives of his fellow players. Likewise, you probably have knowledge that you might not realize could come in handy down the road. Make sure to always think about things you’ve done or learned in the past; it could be more relevant than it appears at first glance.
- Showing Kindness to Others may Help you in the Future Take Gihun letting the other man take the first vest in the glass bridge game - or Ali who saved Gihun during the red light, green light game. Gihun giving up the vest led to him surviving the fifth game, and Ali saving Gihun made him several allies who helped him when things got messy between the players. What was nothing but an act of kindness for both ended up serving them well in the future. This shows how you never know when being kind might help you in the future.
- Have Some Fun While you Can When Ilnam discovered he had terminal cancer, he decided to enter the games he had been watching for so long as a player. Although this might seem like a strange idea to most of us, he decided they would be fun - after all, he says, the only thing more fun than observing the games is playing them.
Since its release on September 17, 2021, Squid Games on Netflix has taken the world by storm. Not only a survival game series, the Squid Game is loaded with social commentary and lessons about life. From empathy and kindness to innovative thinking, the show portrays the Squid Games cast as characters who use creative methods - whether that be thinking on their feet or downright betraying each other - to make it out of the games alive. So, what are some of the major takeaways?
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