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"I'm Ready" - Using Spongebob Squarepants to Become the Perfect Employee

Updated on August 16, 2012

If you've ever heard or seen a Spongebob Squarepant's episode then you understand the statement in the title of this post.

But if you are new to this topic, here are the basics of who Spongebob Squarepants is.

He's an innocent, fun loving, yellow, square shaped sponge that lives in an imaginative undersea world.

His approach to life is easy going, simple but surprisingly refreshing compared to all the intense and graphic cartoon shows out there.

I have been a fan of the show since it first aired in 1999, and I will still occasionally watch some of the episodes.

There is one main thing I have taken away from Spongebob's character, and that's how to be the perfect employee who absolutely loves his job.

Without question you can tell he loves to work, and always has a positive attitude.

Here are some examples that I have learned from Spongebob on how to become the perfect employee.


Positive Attitude

Everyday when he wakes up and gets ready for work, Spongebob says the phrase "I'm Ready, I'm Ready!".

He has the attitude that he's really excited and looking forward to going to his job (as a fry cook no less).

For most of us, having to go to work everyday is not something we are excited about in the least.

Imagine if we changed our attitudes and had a more positive outlook towards our jobs. We could improve the atmosphere of those around us while increasing our own quality of life.


Spongebob has incredible dedication to his job, his boss Mr. Krabs, and to the customers he serves. He continuously strives to do his best on a daily basis, and to treat everyone with an immense amount of enthusiasm and respect (even when they do not reciprocate).

This is definitely a great quality to possess for anyone working in a customer or client based business. Having that amount of dedication day after day is difficult, but it's a great example to follow.


No job is too big or too small for Spongebob to take on. If you ask him to take out the trash, he gladly accepts, or if you need him to make a 100 burgers he whips them up in a jiffy. He will jump at the chance to do any and all work.

That type of willingness and humility is rare these days, since everyone is looking out for themselves while completely disregarding others.

Getting ahead in life requires working together as a team, and genuinely cheering for another persons success. There's no way you can make it to the top alone, and we all need to be willing to take on any job for the benefit of the whole team.



Without a doubt it's more fun to be around a co-worker or employee that doesn't take themselves too seriously and learns to roll with the punches.

Maybe you messed up, tried something new that didn't work or made a mistake, don't worry it's not the end of the world.

Your ability to fix the situation and compensate for the mistake will show better character than just stressing over the fact that you made the error.

Poke fun at yourself and learn to use your personality quirks to your advantage.


As proven in several episodes, when Spongebob is pressured he can become very competitive and will do almost anything to prove he is the perfect employee. Now I wouldn't go quite that far, but I do think a healthy dose of competition within the work place is a good thing.

Being creative and thinking outside the box helps fuel Spongebob's competitive spirit. He can come up with some of the silliest but effective ideas to showcase his work ethic, and that's the kind of mindset I try to use while doing my own work. I want to be creative and competitive, but not to the point where I'll do anything to get ahead.

Using Spongebob Squarepants to become the perfect employee is a funny but realistic way to make your job more profitable in all areas.

Mixing a little humor into your daily routine will help you enjoy your job instead of dreading it.

Add in some willingness, dedication and a positive attitude and you will continue to move up the corporate ladder.

What are some characters you love and enjoy?


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      Alanathub 5 years ago

      Funny. I had already made a spongebob comparison about my workplace and even cast the characters against real employees - privately of course.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My grandkids, well two of them, wouldn't face one night without SpongeBob and Patrick!

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I'm glad we share an equal enjoyment for Spongebob. Thanks for reading and commenting, arusho!

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      arusho 6 years ago

      I love Spongebob, I didn't start watching until we found it for my daughter to watch. He is such a cute, happy character that does send a positive message about loving your job even if your just a fry cook! Good hub!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, applecsmith . . .VOTED UP AND AWAY on this AMAZING HUB. I wish that I had thought of this. But so glad that I found such a creative writer as yourself. You have a great talent for writing. I am just being honest. Sponge Bob, is my 3 grandchildren's ALL-TIME FAVORITE icon. No Rocky and Bullwinkle like I used to love. No. Sponge Bob has taken over. LOL. Wish he would run for president in 2012. And before I go, may I, with your permission, be both a fan and a follower? I would love that. With MY Highest Regards, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that looks a lot like sweet Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. Please let me hear from you and keep up the great work.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I totally agree with you, Stephen Hillenburg is an absolute genius. The facial expressions are some of my favorite things about the show, plus some of the quotes they say are hilarious. Thanks for commenting.

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      Troyangeluk 6 years ago from UK

      haha I'm 23 years old and think whoever made spongebob is an insane genius. Pure humour crossed with insanity, imagine the guy pitching his idea, ok sooooo it's about a sponge that lives at the bottom of the ocean in a pineapple and has a snail as a pet lol.

      The movie is hilarious, the facial expression always get me.

      Great hub btw spongebob always brightens the mood. Thanks for sharing voted up etc :)

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Humor does help make a workplace more manageable! Thanks for commenting.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @applecsmith...I enjoyed this Hub very much, and its approach and presentation are good fun. Nice job.

      In the factory -- which I'm three years retired from this month -- I used humor and a competitive nature to keep going every day.

      My earlier stint in the 1980s as a newspaper reporter was a lot more fun and dedication to it was usually easy, except during controversial coverages; then I employed willingness to listen and a positive attitude for a great outcome!