There comes a time when I want to rest my brain and  in those times one of the activities I turn to is my television set.  My habit is to spend an episode or two watching something frivolous but fun, which for me that could be a mystery or some type of reality show involving animals, swamps or survival skills.
Even though I am giving my mind a rest, I like to know that I can figure out the ending from the brief clues they provide along the way.  Then there are other times in which I want to watch TV but also want to make it an inspirational and motivational productive use of my time.
I know, I know, tv is not the thing you think of in the same sentence as productive use of time.  But stay with me for a little longer.
There are a few shows which when viewed correctly, can result in increased knowledge regarding specific focus areas.  For me, I am interested in business pursuits which includes information associated with start ups, passive income, and business growth.  I watch tv that gives me keywords or strategies to research and implement at a later time.
Currently there are 5 shows that have become my go to television for quick and entertaining lessons.  Not only do I watch what is occurring on the screen but I also take notes on my phone because my phone is always near me.
Each of these shows are ideal for someone who has dreams of owning or operating a busines which connects perfectly with my needs.  Here are my top five recommendations for productive viewing pleasure.
Airs on ABC and if you haven’t heard of it, you must have been living under a rock or in a cave for the last few years.  The premise of the show is for entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses for an opportunity for financial investments and mentors in exchange for a portion of the company and/or profits.
Airs on Freeform (previously ABC Family).  This show is the newest to my list of productive viewing.  It is one of those shows I require my daughter to view with me.  The premise is budding entrepreneurs spend time at Draper University learning from venture capitalist Tim Draper.
Airs on CNBC Prime.  The name association of Bloomberg is a hint that it is business and wealth minded.  Investor Marcus Lemonis works with struggling businesses to help them overcome hurdles toward profitability.  He provides snippets of information that those interested in starting a business can research and address within their structure.
Airs on CBS and is currently on season 7.  The longevity of the show is reason enough to give it at least a cursory viewing.  One of the things this show does so well is to help the boss of the company to empathize with the employees while identifying issues which need to be addressed in order to help the business improve or maintain its employee/customer base.
Airs on the Food Network.  This show can be viewed as a resource for those interested in the food business.  While there are challenges each week as well as someone who will be kicked off, the show highlights problems every business will face such as marketing, office location, recruiting and maintaining customers.
Application:  The most important aspect of television with a purpose is to implement what you see.  For example, when I view the Great Food Truck Race I try to write out what my strategy would be for each challenge and situation.  This helps get my creativity started and often helps me in other areas of planning.
Til next time,
“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin


  1. Each of us should have special ways to unwind. I unwind in my way , however I appreciate your honesty that is used as usual, a teaching. Well done post. Thank you. I look forward to your next post.

  2. This was a most interesting and very informative post. I like the way you introduce to us your views and how you use them to help you and encourage us to rise above the average. Please continue to give us interesting ideas to explore. Thank you.

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