Lord Sugar’s assistant, Nick Hewer, was reported in “The Times” yesterday as saying it never ceased to amaze him how contestants failed to learn anything from watching previous series (BBC “The Apprentice“!
With a new series starting, and I must say I find it gripping to watch, I am asking myself “why?”
Why do they go on national TV, have their flaws ruthlessly exposed, with occasional glimpses of flair, but only one ultimate winner?
Yes, there’s the fame, or more often the infamy.
Yes, there’s a £100k salary to win, but most could find their way up a more conventional career ladder if they so wanted.
For some I think it is the human need for validation. The need for someone of entrepreneurial stature who at last will recognise their skills perhaps, but more likely their desire.
I heard that Sir Richard Branson was told at school: “You won’t amount to much”! Some folk just don’t get this.
I can confirm that a “conventional” career approach will seldom uncover, let alone validate, entrepreneurial skills in a person, or test their desire so effectively.
Each week’s “task” on the other hand, certainly is revealing, if past series are anything to go by. And the winner gets the ultimate vote of confidence, from Mr Entrepreneur himself.
When self-belief falters, those latent talents are often then locked away. But at the right time, validation from another can do the trick.
Many of those who contest the prize on “The Apprentice” have already tried and failed. This is their chance to try again.
Effort, team work and flair will tell.
I can’t wait!