28 responses

  1. shopping2saving
    May 17, 2012

    Hmmmm… not so sure they worked "HARD" for the amount of money and publicity they got out of the show, but the show certainly taught me that I am so glad I don't have to spend money on tanning because they sure tan a lot!!! Also I am grateful that I have a washing machine and dryer so I don't have to spend that much on laundry haha.

    • URFinanceSimple
      May 17, 2012

      hahah… well that sure is one way to look at it. GTL!

  2. CultOfMoney
    February 2, 2012

    I think that your attitude is great, pulling some fun relationships out of what must be a terrible show (never seen it myself). I think your number 5 is always going to be what separates the winners from the also-rans. Working hard is hard work! One of my favorate quotes is "hard work beats talent when talent won't work hard." You may have a natural aptitude for something, but as the book Talent is Overrated points out, hard work and dedication can close and even exceed the gap. Of course the remainder of your points are great too, and all can apply to almost any situation.

    • YFS
      February 2, 2012

      The show isn't worth watching. It's 100% crap. I'm just jealous I can't get paid millions for being dumb, partying, working out and hooking up with people.

      • American Debt Projec
        February 3, 2012

        Hehe me too! I'm working on my "Don't Be Jealous" post now. I need to take my own advice :)

  3. Miss T @ Prairie Eco
    February 2, 2012

    Great lessons. I thinking knowing yourself and your talents is huge. A few years ago I went through a big personal growth and exploration phase and really found out who I was, what my strengths were along with my weaknesses. This knowledge has given me so much power. I now know how to play up my talents and strengths in a way that helps me. I also know how to minimize my weaknesses. My life is doing 100% better as a result.

    • YFS
      February 2, 2012

      That's what growth is all about Miss T. Do you have any tips for someone looking to grow into a better person?

      • Miss T @ Prairie Eco
        February 2, 2012

        Being realistic with yourself is definitely a must. You are never going to be able to be everything. Be ok with relying on others and telling others they have strengths that you can use.

        Also, don't react. I used to a an overly reactive person which just caused more turmoil. When you don't react, you can diffuse disagreements and tension fast. Remember you are in control of how you respond to a situation.

      • YFS
        February 2, 2012

        Great tips. My personality type is naturally argumentative so I love debating. I had to learn to let people be wrong or right in order to effectively lead. It took me a long time to learn how to win friends and influence people. I agree with you. One must be realistic and know how to work within their strengths and weaknesses.

      • American Debt Projec
        February 3, 2012

        Great advice from Miss T. I like the idea of learning to be less of a reactive person, and I would also add learning to withhold judgement. I have a bad habit of wanting to dismiss people or ideas as stupid right away. That gets you nowhere. Just take it in and see what you can learn from others. Don't feel the need to immediately brand something with your opinions and proclamations. Of course, I still do this all the time :)

  4. Shaun @ Money Cactus
    February 2, 2012

    I've got to say that I have never seen the show, but I really like your analogies and creativity!

    • YFS
      February 2, 2012

      I have to make a dull topic fun to enjoy in some way shape or form :-). Trust me, the show isn't worth watching. It's one of those shows you watch after a hangover and you don't feel like getting up and getting the remote control which is 3ft away.

      • Money Infant
        February 5, 2012

        Yeah I think that's the only time I've ever watched the show and to be honest I think I may be somewhat less intelligent by association.

        Honestly its great for the Guido's and Guidette's they were able to get lucky and strike it rich from this trash. The ones I feel sorry for are the millions out there who actually watched the show and made them so famous.

      • YFS
        February 5, 2012

        hahah.. yea it's not one of the most educational shows. Unless you're trying to learn how to tan consistently, do laundry and kill your kidneys.

  5. Aloysa @ My Broken C
    February 1, 2012

    Good lessons! Especially about invest in your talent. Talent needs to be developed but development is impossible without at least some investment.

    I still cannot believe that you watch that show. What do you find in it? I saw Snooki's interview once on TV. Listened for about thirty seconds and that was enough. No more! No more!

    • YFS
      February 1, 2012

      I must admit I haven't watched much of this season. I think it was because it's the same stuff just a different toilet. Also, I can only watch so many train wrecks before I get immune to it.

  6. AverageJoeMoney
    February 1, 2012

    It's funny how you can find so many cool links between a show I despise and characteristics of business that I love.

    It goes to show if you look, you can glean useful information from ANYWHERE.

    • YFS
      February 1, 2012

      Why do you despise the show? What do you have against the gym, tanning and laundry?

      • AverageJoe
        February 2, 2012

        You said it EXACTLY! I hate tanning, you won't find my flabby body within 100 miles of a gym, and laundry is for wimps. Just rinse the stains out and wear it again…..that's how I roll. Or not.

        Maybe I'm just a little jealous that Snooky (Snookie?) is now a millionaire and I'm not quite there yet.

  7. Dollar D @ The Dolla
    February 1, 2012

    I think I read that they got paid almost nothing for the first season. I hope they negotiated a bit more this time around…

    Fortunately, I've only seen about 15 minutes of one episode but I'm glad you were able to extract something of value from it :)

    • YFS
      February 1, 2012

      I thought those guys got around 60k an episode. Not to mention sponsorship deals. They made a nice chunk of change for the show.

  8. cashflowmantra
    February 1, 2012

    I have heard a lot about Jersey Shore but have never seen it. I was wondering what you might have learned. Hopefully these individuals have learned to set aside some money from the show because the next wave will replace them sooner than they think.

    • YFS
      February 1, 2012

      I agree. These individuals may have a very short entertainment life if they do not play their cards right. But, it seems they came along during the right time. People love reality T.V. now. You don't need talent, you just need mass appeal.

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