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Have Mercy! 3 Work-Life Balance Tips from 'Full House'

Brittney Morgan
Brittney Morgan
Executive Director

If you were a fan of the sitcom "Full House" back in the day, you're probably really excited about the revival, "Fuller House," which is set to be released on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 26. The original show, which aired from 1987 to 1995, was wholesome, cute and funny — everything sitcom fans love about television — and the revival is promising to bring it all back.

"Full House" may not have been solely career-related, but since the original series focused on the three men of the house (Danny Tanner, his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone) raising Danny's daughters while simultaneously trying to figure out their own lives, there were many valuable work-life-balance lessons sprinkled throughout the series. And from trailers and reviews of "Fuller House," it appears the revival won't be much different the original show.

The revival features Danny's daughters D.J. and Stephanie Tanner, as well as D.J.'s best friend and neighbor, Kimmy Gibbler, raising their kids in one house and figuring out their own lives, too. D.J. is a veterinarian and a single mother of three dealing with the loss of her husband. Kimmy is also a single mom and a party planner, and Stephanie moves in to help out, but her career has her jet setting all over the world.

As you're getting ready to tune in and watch "Fuller House," here are three important work-life balance tips from Danny, Jesse and Joey.

Be aware of the example you're setting.

When you're raising a family and trying to carve out a career path at the same time, it can be easy to forget that your actions at work can affect your family in unexpected ways. In Season 1, Episode 16, Joey learns this the hard way when he makes a not-so-smart career move, setting a bad example for D.J.

Joey's dream is to become a successful stand-up comedian, but early in the series he struggles quite a bit. One night, when he's set to perform his routine at a comedy club, his spotlight is stolen by famous comedian and actress Phyllis Diller, who just happens to show up and get called up to the stage to perform. By the time she's done and it's Joey's turn to go on, the crowd is tired and Joey's routine totally flops. Disheartened, Joey decides to quit comedy and become a businessman, although he's not too good at that, either. He starts wearing suits and asks to be called "Joe" to be taken more seriously, but he turns down every job offer he gets, citing silly excuses.

In the process, D.J., who had been trying to learn guitar, takes Joey's example to heart and gives up, thinking she's not good enough. Jesse, who had been teaching D.J. to play, tries to get her to change her mind, but it's to no avail. He quickly realizes it's all Joey's fault. Jesse and Danny proceed to trick Joey into getting back on stage and performing comedy again, and afterward, Joey talks to D.J. about the importance of not quitting the things you care about, which inspires her to pick up the guitar and start playing again. The lesson couldn't be clearer: When you're raising kids, you're always setting an example — make sure it's a good one. [10 'Mad Men' Quotes To Live By at Work ]

Don't limit yourself to the family business.

If you're born into a family business, you may grow up feeling like you have an obligation to continue the legacy, but you also have to follow your passions and do what's best for you. In Season 2, Episode 3, the audience learns that while Jesse is an aspiring musician, his father owns an exterminator business, where Jesse has also been working. And, of course, family troubles ensue.

Jesse knows he wants to work in music, and he starts to see his dream come true when he successfully sells a jingle to an advertising company, but his father is unhappy about the news. This only gets worse when Jesse tells his father that he doesn't want to take over the family business; they fight, and Jesse's father disowns him. The fighting continues throughout the episode, until the two eventually realize how much they love each other and that their love and happiness come first.

Of course, Jesse's father is stubborn, and the two deal with many miscommunications throughout the episode, but the moral of the story is clear: You don't have to do something you're not passionate about just because your family makes you feel obligated. If you follow your dreams, your family may even eventually support you.

Jealousy isn't healthy at work or at home.

It's human nature to compare yourself to others, but letting jealousy take over — especially when you're jealous of someone in your family — is never healthy. It takes Danny quite a while to figure this out, however. In Season 2, Episode 2, Danny meets his new co-worker, Rebecca Donaldson, and it doesn't go smoothly.

At the time, Danny was working as a sportscaster for the news, but the network decided to make him the co-host of a new morning talk show called "Wake Up, San Francisco," alongside newcomer Rebecca. When he meets Rebecca, Danny assumes he's being fired and replaced. Eventually, when the misunderstanding is cleared up, the two work together just fine and even become friends. Rebecca later goes on to fall in love with Jesse, and the two get married and have kids, all while still living in Danny's house with the rest of the family.

It's clear throughout the rest of the series that Rebecca (now affectionately referred to as "Aunt Becky") is very talented at what she does, and Danny, while endearing, tends to struggle sometimes. So when Becky gets promoted to producer, it's no surprise to anyone — except for Danny. He starts feeling sorry for himself and lets his jealousy get the better of him, which leads to him fighting with Becky and ultimately threatening to quit the show. Becky tells him she'll just replace him, which she does, but his replacement just isn't as good. Danny and Becky fight again, and Jesse and Joey mediate, getting Danny to admit he was jealous, and Becky to invite him back to the show.

Everything turns out OK in the end, but the point is that if you allow your jealousy to get out of hand, it'll only hurt you, your career and potentially even your family.

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Brittney Morgan
Brittney Morgan
Business News Daily Staff
Brittney Q. Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, as well as a graduate of Drew University, where she majored in History. Her work can be found all across the web at Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, and more. You can also find her on Twitter at @brittneyplz.