Watching “The Apprentice” last night, as usual I found myself laughing at their mistakes, ridiculing their ineptitude, and wondering above all, how most of them had achieved anything at all in the business world. Of course this has now become much more of a “show” than an actual serious recruitment of real talent, and being on television, we only see the bits which are entertaining, and therefore generally the most cringe-worthy extracts. So is there anything that we can actually learn from watching it all pan out?
I think probably the key thing that I get from this is that at least they have got off their backsides and done
something. People are so quick to offer advice, and to put others down, but how often are they themselves prepared to put themselves in a position where they too could be laughed at.
You could say that it is part of the English culture; after all we all know the press love to belittle people. There is almost a feeling of “How dare they have the audacity to try something, and possibly be better, braver, and funnier than me. Let’s hope they trip and fall.”
Business Owners suffer this all the time. “You’re so lucky” seems to be the accusation leveled at them, when they have achieved great things, and actually have a life-style that many would love, but are never prepared to do something themselves to make it happen.
So next time you find yourself feeling jealous, or criticising someone for trying something (and possibly failing) think carefully why you are doing this. Could it be that they are touching a nerve? Perhaps you could be better also. Perhaps now is the time to take a chance and really go for the dream that you once had.