For those of you who have been following me since the start of my career, you would know I used to be a huge fan of The Apprentice UK when I lived in Europe. I only stopped watching when I moved to North America, but not because of the change in geography. It’s because I got addicted to another show: Million Dollar Listing NY.
In case you’re among the uninitiated, Million Dollar Listing NY is an American reality series airing on Bravo TV and featuring a trio of ambitious realtors: Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, and Steve Gold. A spin-off of Million Dollar Listing LA, the series follows the realtors in their bid to close high-stake deals on some of the most expensive, luxury properties on the New York real estate market. Now in its seventh season (it kicked off in 2012) the show has since been nominated for two Emmys.
What I love about it is that it’s not your average reality show. I found the evolution of the protagonists to be rather inspiring, and I actually considered (still do) Fredrik as a virtual mentor of sorts. What is it that inspires me about him, you might be wondering?
For starters, he’s an immigrant from Sweden, a novelist, and former entrepreneur. But it’s his drive to succeed that really inspired me. His accent hampered him in his early career as a New York City-based real estate broker who grew up in Sweden. He once mentioned on the show that people thought he had just arrived on a boat from Europe when he spoke. As a French immigrant, I can totally relate. My accent has been one of my biggest struggles so far since moving to North America.
Back to Eklund, he has incredible social skills. I get the impression that he has the ability to quickly analyze the personality of the person in front of him and adapt to make him or her feel comfortable. Also, his method of delivery is top-notch and he has a great sense of humor, boosted by his mimicry. All in all, he is great in front of the camera and good for branding, plus he knows how to hustle while still keeping a healthy balance with his personal life. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is an expert at what he does.
I know, I’m gushing and all but I think he has become the kind of person I would rather not meeting, simply because I idolize him a great deal. Of course, there are many persons whom I look up to for one specific reason or another, whether it’s a personality trait or achievement (I have mentioned my adoration of Arianna Huffington in the past). I’ll come to them one at a time.
Anyway, as mentioned earlier, I was a big fan of The Apprentice UK back in the day. I actually wrote an article about it in 2016. I kept the text intact and have posted it below for your reading pleasure.
Are there any shows you are obsessed with or people you admire? Share with me in the comments.
Lately I have been greatly enthused by one of the most fascinating television shows, “The Apprentice UK”. In this television series, a group of 18 young entrepreneurs take the initiative to compete in several business-related tasks for the purpose of gaining the opportunity to partner with one of the United Kingdom’s most successful men. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Not quite!
Differences generally arise among competing parties based on the fact that they all come from very different backgrounds; some achieving honorable degrees from distinguished universities, while others merely graduated high school. However, it must be noted that although a higher level of education is viewed in the eyes of many as the premise upon which success stands, in this case, the absence of such is no less of an achievement as they all vie for the same job title.
Unlike the clearly intentional elements that are generally inserted into television shows for the purpose of grabbing attention or evoking a buzz on social media, this brilliant series introduces a great sense of realness to candidates’ everyday work and life (the show lasts 3 months). It also goes beyond the daily lives of “so-called” celebrities and uncovers the business world in a manner that is rarely shown. In the beginning, I was quite skeptical about this show as the constant emergence of reality series on almost any channel which I would skip to, could not provide any valuable knowledge on the betterment of self. But I was captivated by the intriguing and practical business-like impositions, boldly placed upon these individuals hungry for success and willing to work for it.
In each episode, the structure of tasks were specifically designed to test the temperament of challengers in different areas of importance, and without a doubt, it tore every single one of them, in one way or another to wits end, but also revealed their vulnerability thus providing a way for improvement through self-realization. This is quite phenomenal to watch unfold, as it is engaging on so many different levels, not to mention the race against time!
Without a doubt in my mind, I have definitely gained a lot from watching this series and the challenges faced by the competitors; and sometimes the lessons learnt become applicable in non-business situations. From the team building exercises to the first-hand view of personal struggles being demolished by the desire to succeed, we all can take something impactful from this seemingly passive television show!
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