NBC’s The Apprentice: “Book Smarts” Scores Hole-in-One -- “Street-Smarts” in the Hole - “Earn $100,000 With Your High School Education” Author Reveals Why and Predicts "Net Worth" Loss

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Down 3 wins to 4 on NBC's The Apprentice, Â?street smartÂ? Net Worth loses their second challenge in a row to Â?book smartÂ? Magna in what has been a back-and-forth battle for the title. Did higher education prove more powerful than street savvy in building a successful miniature golf operation? In his book, career expert Jim Read identifies the fundamental weakness that cost the Â?street smartÂ? Â?New WorthÂ? the victory and gives 3 valuale lessons to ensure success in the workplace.

"It seems that Net Worth's game plan is every man for himself," say Read. “They have lost sight of the game and are in self preservation mode. Their street-tough independence is hurting their ability to function as a team.”

In his book, Jim Read recognizes the value of the entrepreneurial spirit that empowers the high school educated to achieve great success. Yet he also recognizes the weakness of the fierce independence that generally accompanies the entrepreneur. If not tamed, the independent spirit can hurt more than it helps – especially in the workplace where people often work together in teams.

Jim Read says there are three valuable lessons to learn to learn from episode seven that apply in the workplace.

1.There are no individual winners when the team loses

A team loss is a loss to everyone on the team. Don’t expect your boss to come by and pat you on the back for your individual effort if your team fails to meet deadlines and objectives. He or she is more likely to question you as to why you didn’t do more to ensure the team’s success.

2.Know How to Play the Game

The goal of each week’s show is to win the task and avoid the boardroom. ”Magna” is learning how to play the game and survive. “Net Worth” is insulating themselves from each other’s mistakes – and loosing. In the workplace, the game is to meet the company’s objectives. Stay focused on the objective. Work with the teammates you have. Play to win. Or, you could end up in the board room in front of your boss to hear, “you’re fired!”

3.Be a Savvy Politician

Anytime you have a group of people working together, politics are in play. Understanding this is essential to your long-term success. Consider contestant John calling project manager Audrey “an idiot.” Although Audrey was a terrible leader, spouting his opinion in front of her and his teammates was foolish. Audrey was the leader; John wasn’t. She was the one person who had the power to take John into the boardroom if the team failed – and she did. Even though John survived the boardroom, his abrasive manner and open disrespect towards his teammates will hurt him later. Without any political clout and respect from his teammates, John will have a tough time leading the team in the future as project manager. And, he may have set himself up as a target for future boardroom firings. In the workplace, you must be a savvy politician, understanding who holds the power and how to that power affects you.

Jim Read believes that we can learn valuable career lessons from the “The Apprentice”. “You can learn what not to do by watching the bad examples on the show. Sometimes their lessons are more powerful that those you learn from watching the winners.”

About the Author

With his high school education, Jim Read landed his first $100,000 a year job in the high-tech software industry during the fallout of the dot-com bust. He now runs his own internet development firm and publishing company, writing books on the dynamics of career success.

About the Book

“Earn $100,000 With Your High School Education” by Jim Read is a 222 page soft cover guide to “extraordinary success for ordinary people with average education.” available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, by phone at (877) 570-9488, and the book's website http://www.makesix.com.


Media kits and review copies available on request. Contact Jean Skidgel, [email protected]; (877) 570-9488 x5. To interview Mr. Read, contact the publisher at (407) 677-6349.


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