Usually Summer television, in my opinion, is a snooze fest. Normally I’m just counting down the months until my Fall shows come back. CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaires, however, has been “Must See TV (Sidenote: I was seriously bummed out there wasn’t a new episode late night).” Since it premiered on July 15th, I’ve been glued to my tv, taking notes on how these everyday people are living the lives of their dreams after creating their own businesses. This isn’t cheesy reality tv; These are profiles of real people who have turned their passion into lucrative businesses. Here are the top five reasons why I love Blue Collar Millionaires:
1. Passion And Persistence Can Be Profitable:
Every week, three new business owners are profiled, but every week, the underlying theme is consistent – these people found something that they were passionate about, they turned that passion into a business and were persistent until they achieved success.
2. You Can Live The Life Of Your Dreams, If You Work Hard Enough:
There’s no false sense of magic or overnight success here; The business owners featured on Blue Collar Millionaires achieved their riches and success the good old fashioned way – by pure hard work. Period. No angel investors, no VCs, just sweat and hard work, but the pay offs have been huge. Bottom line: You can’t cheat the grind; If you want to be successful, you have to work for it.
3. You Don’t Have To Start A Tech Company To Have A Successful Business:
If you follow mainstream business media it seems that the only way to launch a successful and lucrative business is to start a tech company. Not so. In fact, most of the businesses profiled or fairly low tech. Bottom line: You can start a business in any industry and still be successful, tech be damned.
4. The American Dream Still Exists:
America, was, and still is, the land of possibility and opportunity. No, it’s not perfect, but in America, anything is possible. Every week, these entrepreneurs, from different walks of life, with different educational backgrounds, prove that you still can have it all, if you’re willing to work for it.
5. Everybody’s Included:
So back to the traditional business media I previously mentioned; Pretty much, it’s the same old same old – baby face 20 somethings (mostly male), with their shiny, sexy tech companies… (Insert yawn). On Blue Collar Millionaires, everyone is included – male, female, gay, straight, etc. It’s enough to make you believe that, you too, can start and run successful business, even if you’re not a 20 year old straight male, running a tech company in Silicon Valley.