As fans of The Office know, there’s no denying that Michael Scott wasn’t exactly the most eloquent wordsmith. He was constantly trying to inspire his employees and showcase what he believed to be a deep wellspring of business and life wisdom, only to consistently put his foot in his mouth. Despite Michael’s lack of self-awareness he would often come close to saying something deep, only to muck it up in the end. So, with that in mind, let these Michael Scott quotes and self-reflections inspire you, or almost inspire you.
“Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order.”
The first part of this business pep talk isn’t half-bad. Sure, it’s weird to have your boss tell you to “make love,” and Michael on more than one occasion crossed over into sexual-harassment territory with his staff, but the friends and sales part is solid. A salesperson who can’t build and maintain solid relationships with clients isn’t going to be closing much. The second part of the quote is where Michael screws things up and ruins an almost solid piece of advice.