I apologize to my regular readers as I know I will come across as a complete hypocrite having so heavily criticized reality programs in the past. But I have to confess I simply love X factor. To be fair I only like the episodes until they get to the Bootcamp phase. It all gets a bit too contrite after that.
The first thing I like about the program is Simon Cowell. He is simply great. I love his honesty and the fact that because of the huge number of successes he has had in the music industry along with Louis Walsh (who is someone I would love to have a beer with) means that he has bags of forskolin reviews and you do listen to him as what he says carries weight.
I do have a problem with both Cheryl Cole and Danni Minogue being judges. My question is what qualifies them to be a judge on this show? Danni has not been successful enough in her own career to start finding other hidden talent and Cheryl Cole has simply not been around long enough.
Anyway the hilarious thing about this show (and there is a link to business angel blog I promise!) is that most of the contestants in the first series of shows are so bad. What makes us laugh is the fact that these poor people have been deluded by their family and friends into believing they have talent.
Some of them have even had voice tutors telling them how great they are – and then the bubble of confidence pops in a cruel and humiliating way in front of millions of people. But I love it! Parents of these would be pop stars (and they could be huge if parents arranged for tone deaf audiences) have never told their children that they are lacking in any musical talent. They have not been told that they will not make it and I think that is cruel. It is far worse to give people false hope than to be blatantly honest with them and tell them that their talent lies elsewhere.
This brings me on to budding entrepreneurs. It never fails to amaze me how many people I see who are brimming with confidence irrespective of reality. Most of them have had the benefit of an exclusive private education. Do not get me wrong, if one has the resources, I would always advocate the best education you can get. It is just that the one thing all top schools excel at doing is giving their pupils massive amounts of confidence. This is no bad thing but sometimes this confidence is badly misplaced.
You come across people who believe the family wall mount jewelry armoire is their birthright. I don’t believe that. I think success is down to making the most of the opportunities that come your way and that all of us are capable of being successful, but no one should expect it as a birthright. I worked for a long time with someone who was not very able but had bags of confidence which made people give him more and more responsibility.
As a consequence he became the CEO of a business with turnover in excess of £2m, however he struggled to perform the role. He felt he had the ability to be in charge of an even bigger operation and rather than using the opportunity to learn and grow in his current role, his focus was all self-centered and on doing bigger and better things. And then it all came crashing down as the gap between his ability and his self-belief became evident. This crash proved to be very expensive for him.
At the age of 35, he found himself penniless, unemployed and homeless. Yet the amazing thing was he still believed that this was due to other people not backing him – he was a genius and people just didn’t realize that!
To be successful in life you do need to persevere and therefore you need bags of self belief and resilience. However, make sure you that your honest friends and family around you who are positive and supportive of your efforts are also able to be realistic and honest about your abilities.
Make sure you are not like one of those deluded X Factor contestants.