I don’t know about you guys, but when I get recommendations from people for TV shows to watch, I usually go “Yeah, yeah”…and then never do it. What!? I’m busy.
But after 5 or 10 people tell me to do it, I start to think that maybe I should actually watch them.
EVERY TIME I finally watch one of those recommendations, I realize my friends were right and I was just being dumb.
Ramit’s Lesson #4592: When everyone says something, it’s usually true.
So in the spirit of sharing the best things I’ve watched recently, I thought I’d share some of my favorites.
1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Like 15 people told me to watch it and I always yawned, thinking it was something I had to sit down and give 100% to. Then one day while I was brushing my teeth, I put it on and within 10 minutes, I was hooked.
This is the documentary of one of the world’s premier sushi chefs. It’s about his obsession with making sushi. For example, it takes years before you’re allowed to even make the rice. The obsession borders on the unhealthy, but sometimes, that’s what it takes to be the best in the world. I loved it.
Here’s a sample from the film:
2. The Profit
This CNBC show takes an experienced entrepreneur who walks into problem businesses — a seafood restaurant, a salon, a clothing business — and he tries to fix things for them. This is entertaining if you don’t run a business but also very enlightening if you run your own.
- The guy is a hard-charging business guy, but look at how likable he is. Specifically, watch how he introduces himself to people at the beginning of the episode. What do you notice?
- Invariably, there’s some conflict in the middle of the episode. Does he equivocate? Does he offer 5 different options and deliberate over all of them? Hell no. He lays out his expectations clearly, following the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.
- Most business conflict is not simply about numbers. It’s about personalities.
Here’s a look at the show:
3. The Tim Ferriss Experiment
Very cool show where my friend Tim tries to learn a new skill — like a language, a professional sport, or rock ‘n’ roll drumming — in less than a week. The best episode? The one about him doing online dating
- Most impressive part: Someone who’s already great at something putting themselves in the position of a new student. Incredibly terrifying. This is why a lot of adults don’t want to try something new — you feel stupid doing it! Do it anyway.
- The backstory of how he acquired the rights to the show is great. Suffice it to say, most of my friends who have been on TV…hate TV. I’ll try to share that another time.
Here’s a sneak peak of all 13 episodes:
Btw, Tim interviewed me for his podcast a couple months ago — check it out here.
4. Millionaire Matchmaker
Besides being an amateur matchmaker myself (including hooking up IWT readers with each other…I love it), watching dates is one of the best ways to study human psychology. It is politically incorrect, fascinating, and brutally honest all at the same time.
Yeah, yeah, this show has gotten more fake, I know. But I still love it.
- My favorite episode: Watch Episode 12 with Sheree and spot all the problems
- Also, note the difference between the men/women who get selected and the ones who don’t. If you’re a woman, put yourself in a guy’s shoes. (Why did he choose her?) If you’re a guy, do the same. This is really hard. One of the biggest insights of dating is how few people look at it from the other person’s perspective. More on this another time.
Here’s a tease:
5. Million Dollar Listing
This isn’t just another show about extravagant homes. Look beneath the surface and you’ll notice all sorts of fascinating insights:
- Something is worth what someone will pay for it
- People are highly irrational about their houses, thinking if they paid $500K for their renovations, they should at least get paid $500K. Wrong. Dead wrong. The market doesn’t care about your renovations. In fact, the market hates your taste. Prepare to lose money.
- Real estate is math and comps, not your feelz. But it’s also a theatrical sales show like nothing else. Know the tricks before you walk in the arena.
- One last thing: Watch Frederic in the last 2 episodes. He’s kooky but look at the amount of work he puts into selling. Take special note of how he can speak multiple languages (at least, to say “Buy this property!”) and what that suggests about his work ethic.
Meet the brokers on the show:
Let me know your favorite shows! Post them in the comments below so everyone else can see.