9 lessons that SHREK taught us

By October 12, 2019August 3rd, 2020No Comments

Sarah Linton

Professional & Personal Coach

Never judge a book (or an ogre) by its cover

In a previous chapter, both my husband and I worked in the Entertainment industry for Universal Pictures, Dreamworks & The Walt Disney Company.

When it comes to storytelling, it would be tough to find companies who could top creativity for the Once upon a time & Happy ever afters.
The magic attracts millions through the romance, the villains, the music, the songs, alluring princesses, the heroes & the Prince Charmings.

Specifically the animated movies – the buzz around storylines, the moral of the stories, always had double or triple layers for kids & for adult.
It’s what gives this longevity & repetitive entertainment.

Photo Credit : Dreamworks | A pathway to a happy ending.             
Photo Credit C.Fish Images  | Personality layers

A firm family favourite with our 2 sons was the SHREK series. Multiple viewings and fun family memories made.

If you haven’t already – find yourself 1hr 37 mins of SELF CARE & dig this one out of the archives. SHREK sure provides some contrasts & of the “haves” and “have nots” and develops some wisdom amidst its Fairytale.

Here are 9 lessons that caught our attention.

1) Relationships matter

No one likes to feel alone in the world – unexpected relationships can lead to happy endings. Not only for Shrek & Fiona …look at Dragon & Donkey.

2) Kindness & friendship

Kindness & friendship go a really long way – don’t forget all the little things that really matter in relationships. These matter.

3) Like an onion

“Onions have layers – Ogres have layers – You get it? – everyone has layers” Everyone has a story of discovery.

It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are.
E.E Cummings

4) Take your time

Don’t turn your back on people too soon because people & attitudes change – it takes time for people to reveal new layers of their true selves. And don’t listen to hearsay – it may not true ( Shrek interpreted & reacted by only hearing a snippet of reality & made up the rest & almost lost his happy ever after)

5) Being there

Being there for a friend is often the best present you can give someone. Even when we irritate each other! (Donkey would incessantly irritate Shrek by talking yet was the only friend that did not judge him for being an Ogre!)

6) Money isn’t everything

Money cannot buy you happiness –Lord Farquard – the emotional unaware frustrated soul. Inner beauty is more important than appearance or possessions.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. There is more to any individual than meets the eye.

Photo Credit: Mia Stendal | Mirror Mirror

7) Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror on the wall….. We often need to hold a mirror up to see into our souls to become aware of true inner self-love & acceptance.
A Catalyst Coach can help hold this safe space for discovery.

Why write around this? Far from a movie review – it’s the ONION that sings out. the relevance is the lessons & the layers.

We all have them – Lots of them.

The depth can slowly reveal the inner, true self to others once they are given a chance.  The more layers we peel back the closer we get to knowing and being ourselves. Some reveals can make us cry yet every layer we peel back brings more awareness and discovery.

To be authentic is to create a life that feels good on the inside. Not one that just looks good on the outside.


  • SHREK does not need all the trappings for happiness.
  • FIONA eventually stopped caring about what other people think, empowerment of full acceptance & self love when she independently  CHOOSES to live her life as her true self – set free from everything that held her back & finding her happy ever after.
  • Focus on pursuing authentic relationships with both people & nature.
  • Never judge anyone by what you first see – it takes time to form relationships, trust & truth.
  • You don’t have to censor yourself just fit in. Accept & own our differences.
  • You never know what some is dealing with.  Lead with kindness always.
  • Love can bloom in unlikely places.


Is there any part of your life where your mask is hiding an inner secret? Or are there layers in your life that you would like to peel back & reveal for ultimate happiness & freedom? Have you thought about what would authenticity look like for you?    Leave a comment below.

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Sarah Linton

Sarah Linton

Sarah Linton is an accredited Catalyst Coach specialising in moving through change and transition, in all aspects of life. Passionately connected to her True North, her coaching business operates across time zones, partnering clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA & Kuala Lumpa.

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