4 TV Shows That Can Unexpectedly Teach Some Valuable Lessons About Business

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4 TV Shows That Can Unexpectedly Teach Some Valuable Lessons About Business

If somebody said you can learn about business from TV, chances are your response would be ‘no way.’ But the truth is that certain shows on television are actually perfect case studies on entrepreneurship and professionalism.  Hollywood might be all about entertaining audiences with glitz and glam, but every now and then, the studios make programming that’s fantastic for anyone who wants to learn about the industry.


Pearls of Wisdom Can Come from Unlikely Places:

Business Turnaround and Recovery Specialist Stephen Barnes suggests that “Movies and TV shows are quite a magical medium for conveying a lot of information, in a relatively short amount of time. There are many business-themed shows off both the infotainment and entertainment genres, where business owners can pick up a few tips and tricks.” Here’s a quick shortlist of shows that illustrate a lot of business-related knowledge:


1.    Gordon Ramsay Reality Shows:

Superstar Chef Gordon Ramsey has filmed and produced a wide variety of TV shows, including; ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ ‘Master Chef,’ and many more. But the interesting thing about Ramsay’s shows is that many of them showcase the business side of culinary arts.  Anybody interested in the restaurant business would definitely benefit from watching Gordon Ramsay at work.


2.    The Office:

This is a sitcom originally produced by NBC in 2005.  While ‘The Office’ has grown into a cult classic because of its satire, the subtext of the show is all about life on the corporate ladder.  And it cleverly demonstrates all of the ups and downs that come with maneuvering through antagonistic business environments.


3.    Empire:

This is a televised drama that was originally aired by Fox in 2015.  ‘Empire’ is a show that’s all about the music business, as well as the intrigues that come with the entertainment industry.  On the surface, ‘Empire’ narrates how a music producer found his way to the apex of his craft. But on a deeper level, ‘Empire’ depicts just how vicious competition can become, even within a family business.


4.    Shark Tank:

This is a reality show originally aired by the American Broadcasting Company in 2009.  The whole concept behind ‘Shark Tank’ is simple, budding entrepreneurs get to pitch business ideas to a panel of angel investors. ‘Shark Tank’ is all about business from the get-go. And it’s a great avenue to gain insights on how startup companies should grow.



Nobody’s saying that being a couch potato is the best way to learn the ropes. But if a TV show depicts something you didn’t know before, that basically means you learned something new from it.  Business-themed TV shows are full of gems for anyone who’s open-minded about building knowledge. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops, and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, health and wellness, bettering your relationships, or the overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (800) 913-0222 to find out how Richard Martinez can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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