Reality TV Guide for Entrepreneurs
Updated: Oct 22
A few unlikely shows that can help you become a better businessowner
I hate reality television but it’s a fact of life in my house since my girlfriend is obssessed. Therefore, I have decided to make the best of it. Here are a few reality shows I have actually learned from:
Restaurant Impossible (Food Network) – Restauranteur and Chef Robert Irvine helps failing restaurant owners get their shit together. His whole schtick is understanding accounting basics – P&L, COGS, etc.
Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)- This show follows 3 animated real estate brokers in NYC who chase huge deals. It’s good for seeing how highly successful sales people are motivated and for analyzing negotiation tactics.
Here is a 2 minute clip in which one of the brokers enlists his entire firm to help him find a buyer for an apartment.
And here is a 6 minute vine in which another one of the brokers celebrates closing a deal.
Restaurant Stakeout (Food Network) – This one is probably the one I’m most ashamed of. Restauranteur Willie Degel spies on employees of a failing restaurant to identify the toxic ones. While I don’t condone that at all,I do like how he emphasizes a strong work ethic and teamwork and that he gives even the most difficult employees a second chance.