Shawn's Eskimo

In an episode of Boy Meets World, Shawn is in a competition of who can wait longest on a billboard suspended high up in the air in order to win tickets to the Super Bowl. He stays there until the only two people left on a cold night are him and an Eskimo eating ice cream.

When Corey tries to talk him down (literally), Shawn tells him that he has to stay. All his life there was always something in his way, preventing him from what he wanted to achieve.

Shawn finally gives up on the contest, but goes to San Diego on his own, eventually finding a way into the Super Bowl.

While the lesson of the episode was that Corey can’t solve all of Shawn’s problems for him, I remember it differently—there will always be someone better than you no matter how hard you try, but that is not a reason to give up. There is more than one path.