The Apprentice is one of my favourite things to watch. I was a latecomer to the series, so I binge watched the previous 7 and was hooked. Although I think the current season (12) has some of the poorest candidates, I am still fascinated by watching different types of people come together to create things.
The last episode (7) ‘Boat Show’ was especially great because while I watch these things for entertainment my mind constantly searches for something to learn from it. Resilience means 3 main things and I think this episode illustrated it well.
Grow and thrive in the face of challenges
The task as usual was to sell some items, luxury and cheap. Both teams really wanted to sell Jet-Skis not the Speedboats. So when one team, Nebula lost out on the opportunity to sell the Jet-Ski, it was a big challenge. They also had to battle the weather which is the worst I’ve seen on this show. Nebula did not allow these challenges dampen their spirits.
Bounce back from adversity
So Nebula weren’t given the opportunity to sell the Jet-skis, and it seemed like a big setback. One of the team members was especially sullen and took it personally. The project manager made sure to communicate to the team not to allow it affect the way they sold the other items. Her positive attitude motivated the team.
Bounce forward when there’s opportunity
When they got to the boardroom, I was whooping like I’d never done before, this was an amazing show of resilience because the team that suffered the setback went on to win by an immense margin. They decided to look at the opportunity that lay in the speedboats, and sold it like it was always their number one choice.
Life will not always give us what we want, but with an attitude that says, “I will look for and appreciate the opportunity that’s right in front of me” you can be sure to get very far.
Designers especially need to have this attitude, because design itself is a challenge. The first iteration might fail, it’s resilience that allows one to step forward again for another iteration, which makes design what it is.
My favorite fiction about Resilience remains Will Smith’s Pursuit of Happyness. The first time I watched it, I cried for maybe 30mins afterward. You have to love the human spirit, and it’s one each and everyone of us has.
Resilience is a skill that anyone can learn, so lets all remember to have a positive, grateful attitude towards life.