How This TV Sitcom Character Predicted COVID Over 5 Years Ago

Rick Martinez
4 min readJul 10, 2020
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“All right. I’ve tried watching ‘The Office’ a few times and just can’t get into it. What am I missing here?” S.S.D., a real-life friend of mine and a recent post she made on Facebook

If you’re part of the 23 people who have not watched The Office or don’t find it amusing, I may have to un-friend you.

All right now don’t get your shorts in a wad I’m totally kidding. I can respect that someone doesn’t “get” or understand The Office, but we may need to have a Schrute-like intervention here soon.

But seriously.

The Office is arguably one of the most kick-ass TV sitcoms ever. Besides, the quirky comedy are the quirky characters, and of course, the show takes place…well…in an office.

Dunder Mifflin paper company, to be exact.

So lemme skip right to it. Let’s get to the point here.

Dwight Schrute.

I won’t go into what makes him one of my top 5 sitcom characters EVER, I’ll just share several Schrute’ isms that have made me a better human being. Even if you don’t know Dwight, these thoughtful, perhaps a bit left-of-center quotes are sure to get your noggin hummin’. And he ain’t no average Joe that’s for sure.

Schrute On Leadership:

“Everyone, follow me to the shelter. We’ve got enough food for 14 days. After that, we have a difficult conversation.” — Dwight Schrute

Leaders face difficult choices. Often they hide things or keep us on “need to know” basis but nit Dwight. Would you follow him into the shelter? Heh-heh…

On Predicting The Future:

“Why are all these people here? There’re too many people on this earth. We need a new plague.” — Dwight Schrute

Damn. I mean seriously. The Office ended in 2018. Was Dwight perhaps in Wuhan China unbeknownst to us all?

Dwight On Life:

“There are 3 things you never turn your…

Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter