Lessons from My TV – Part 2

Lessons from My TV – Part 2

Ah, television… the “idiot box” of my youth that has become the Elysian Fields of my adulthood, where wunderkinds and veterans alike flaunt their talents in a collective output that is impressive indeed, even if, as I confessed in Part 1 of this series, Lessons from My TV: What I’ve Learned from The People’s Court, my television watching habits are perhaps not as fine tuned as they should be. Still, my TV has delivered a wealth of entertainment and education right into my living room, and I appreciate that, which is why, focusing on the latter, I now present Part 2 of the series: Lessons from My TV: What I’ve Learned from Shark Tank. Being passionate is not enough! First, may I just say that that word gets tossed about so much lately that, like the word “amazing,” it is heading toward meaninglessness. Nonetheless, taken at face value it is a vitally important and deeply desirable attribute to bring to one’s work. The thing is, however, its importance and desirability are mainly personal; having a passion to do something is ideally the reason why you do it to begin with, not the reason why someone else should facilitate your doing it, so it’s an insufficient selling point. Given the wonderful opportunity to speak directly to someone who might be willing to hire or invest in you, you will be far better served showing them how savvy, market aware, and deeply committed you are to your pursuit than you will be convincing them that you are passionate. Leave the passion to Nicholas Sparks. Neither an under-valuer nor an over-valuer be....
Lessons from My TV

Lessons from My TV

Despite what I do for a living, oddly, I watch very little TV. There was a time, a long time ago, when saying that would make me appear snobbish, but nowadays, with the television landscape regularly flaunting tremendous talent and achievement, saying that makes me feel almost the opposite; what is wrong with me that I am utterly out of touch with Empire, don’t know a thing about Girls, and still have never seen one minute of Scandal? Compounding my sin, my daughter and I have formed a secret TV-watching cabal built around choices that could arguably be described as….well, let’s just say somewhat seamier than Empire and Girls and Scandal. Still, I celebrate my choices. Okay, perhaps “celebrate” is a bit strong (the overcompensation of a guilty conscience?), but I have happily come to realize that the time I’ve spent in our TV-watching cabal has not been for nought because, as it turns out, all I really need to know I did not learn in kindergarten, some of it I learned it on TV. Yes, I have actually learned valuable lessons from the handful of unheralded shows I have been watching, and now I feel compelled to share them, so what follows is the first installment of a series entitled Lessons from My TV: What I’ve Learned from… We start with What I’ve Learned from The People’s Court, the syndicated small claims court reality show helmed by the stunning and stringent Judge Marilyn Milian and her stunning and steadfast bailiff Douglas McIntosh. Only loan that which you can afford to be without…forever. Polonius famously said, “Neither a borrower nor...