What Mike Demone’s 5 Point Plan Can Teach Us About Life
1982’s cult-classic, Fast Times At Ridgemont High is probably more famous for stoner Jeff Spicole’s one liners and Phoebe Cates bikini pool scene, but Ridgemont’s biggest ‘loudmouth’ was none other than Mike Demone.
Demone was God’s gift to women, and as such, came up with a 5 point plan that would help struggling Mark Ratner overcome his awkwardness with the ladies. But this 5 point plan can actually teach us a lot about life, if we’re willing to look beyond the popped collars and Pat Benetar look-alikes.
Demone’s 5 Point Plan, and what we can learn from it, looks like this. And to quote the man himself, “Men have died trying to obtain this valuable information, you know. But I’ll give it to you for free”.
- “First of all, Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl. Oh, Debbie. Hi.”
Demone might have been the biggest douche at school, but one thing he didn’t lack was confidence. Having confidence in yourself plays a major role in whether or not you’re going to succeed at anything in life. Believing that something is possible, and having the confidence that you have what it takes are crucial to your success. This works for not only stealing your best friend’s girlfriend, but also in pursuing a dream, goal or ambition.
- “Two, you always call the shots. Kiss me. You won’t regret it”.
While he may have been overcompensating for a lack of it, Demone makes a valid argument for decisiveness. The fear of failure is one of the greatest roadblocks holding people back from achieving the success they want, and sometimes you just gotta decide to do something, even if you get slapped in the face as a result. Calculated risks are an inherent part of reaching new heights and as Mike would say “Look Rat, it’s like riding a bike. You fall off, you get right back on. You mess up a date, you do it again”.
- “Now three, act like wherever you are, that’s the place to be. Isn’t this great”?
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way in accomplishing your goals and attaining your dreams. Being simultaneously thankful for what you already have, and for what’s coming, tells the universe you’re appreciative.
Even if where you are right now isn’t exactly where you want to be, there’s a lot to be thankful for. In fact, many of the things you take for granted now were once only dreams themselves.
A thankful attitude not only helps bring things together on an energetic level, but also creates a more positive, happy and optimistic outlook—something Demone didn’t always have. “Shit. I woke up in a great mood. I don’t know what the hell happened”.
- “Four, when ordering food, you find out what she wants, then order for the both of you. It’s a classy move. Now, the lady will have the linguini and white clam sauce, and a Coke with no ice.”
Being a true gentleman (or lady for that matter) is a long lost art form these days. Being a gentleman (or lady) also means being honest, doing the right thing when nobody’s watching and having a sense of integrity.
Chivalry might be dead altogether but I say it’s time for a resurgence. Treat people with respect, do what you say you’re going to do, and for God’s sake don’t leave your friend stranded at Planned Parenthood. That’s not a classy move.
- And five, now this is the most important, Rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.
Although Demone denied being a scalper, he did provide the service of buying and reselling tickets to concerts and he clearly has good taste in music. Led Zeppelin was original rock music unlike much of today’s recycled garbage. Being your authentic, true self feels way better than trying to imitate an already worn out style. You don’t need to emulate or copy when you can be original like the mighty Zepp.
Mike Demone was part asshole, part self-proclaimed ladies man, and part philosopher. But upon closer examination he did have some insightful messages, and I’ll leave you with perhaps his most profound:
“That’s the idea Rat, that’s the attitude. No matter what happens, your toes are still tapping. And when you’ve got that, then you’ve got the attitude”.
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