In the world of sitcoms, few characters are as iconic as the ever-awkward, always loveable Steve Urkel from “Family Matters.” The man behind the suspenders and thick-rimmed glasses, Jaleel White, has since traded in his high-pitched voice for a wealth of wisdom on navigating adulthood.
Teaming up with Enterprise, White has shared some nuggets of advice for the younger generation grappling with the transition to adulthood.
Jaleel White may be best known for his role as lovesick nerd Steve Urkel on Family Matters, but has since had to face the same fate as his fellow child stars: Adulting.
Many millennials have issues with it as well, which is why Jaleel teamed up with Enterprise to give the youth a bit of advice on transitioning to adulthood.
“When enterprise called me with this campaign, it just felt organic. I think sometimes it gets lost on people that I’m an adult who runs a household. That comes with a lot of responsibilities.”
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Check out some of his tips on health, relationships and getting off of your mother’s couch next.
On moving out of your parents house in your 20s
The first step towards adulthood is often the most daunting – moving out of your parents’ house. White acknowledges that this transition might require some sacrifices.
“You might have to do something you don’t want to do to put money in your pocket. I was lucky to be an asset for my parent since around 4 years old.” he says, reflecting on his own early start in the industry.
His advice is a reminder that the road to independence can be bumpy, but it’s a journey worth taking.
On being healthy & happy
Our health is so important, and one of the easiest ways to relieve stress and live a healthier life is to be happy. That’s why I love being an actor. I get to bring laughter and joy to people’s lives.
Find what makes you happy and incorporate it into your life.
On embracing technology and change
I would tell the younger me to embrace the internet earlier than I did, and young people should continue to embrace technology and change in general. It’s going to happen with or without you.
After all, change is inevitable, and it’s better to be a part of it than to be left behind.
Just like how celebrities are using social media to connect with their fans, such as Chris Lopez, who recently shared his joy of fatherhood on Twitter.
On saving money while treating yourself
You don’t need to spend $5 every day by going to the barista down the street. Make a home brew and use the money you save to help pay down debt. It’s OK to reward yourself…just don’t go crazy.
The key is to find a balance between saving and spending.
On dating in a world of apps and side pieces
Just pick up the phone, man. Don’t be afraid to stop that text argument and just call. Who wants to write or read a novel’s worth of texts? You’ll also set yourself apart from most of your generation.
His advice is a reminder that sometimes, traditional methods can set you apart in a digital world.
On phoning home
I take the time to talk to my parents as much as I can…and I hope my daughter will do the same with me when she is grown.
Despite his busy schedule, White makes it a point to stay connected with his family. He encourages others to do the same, emphasizing the importance of maintaining strong relationships with loved ones.
From the lovable nerd Steve Urkel to the wise and experienced Jaleel White, the journey has been a remarkable one. His advice on adulting is a testament to his growth and understanding of life.
It’s a blend of practicality, wisdom, and a dash of that Urkel charm. So, the next time you find yourself wondering, “What would Urkel do?” remember, he’d probably listen to Jaleel White.