5 TV Shows That Make a Smarter Entrepreneur

Sometimes, between the business work/school, friends and side projects, we just still can’t help binging on a little Netflix. Why not be productive too though while enjoying a break in your work? Here are 5 of the best TV shows to get your entrepreneurial senses tingling:

1. Dragon’s Den

Dragon’s Den is a no brainer — it is literally a reality show of entrepreneurs trying to make it big. There are 5 huge players in the business world, called “Dragons” that entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to to get the Dragons to invest in their company. Watching Dragon’s Den is going to help you refine your business pitch (by seeing good and terrible examples) and business evaluation, and give you a better sense of what investors look for and want to see. And besides all the business-y stuff, it’s actually such a fun show. It’s inspiring hearing about all the new and innovative businesses out there (and also hilarious to see weird business ideas flop in front of the Dragons).

2. House of Cards

This Netflix original is another valuable resource for every young entrepreneur. Politics bleeds into everything — especially in business. And while you may not want to apply direct examples from this show to your life, it’s extraordinarily interesting to see how the main characters scheme and slip through loopholes to get what they want. It’s watching people think outside the box, and taking action to achieve their goals. And being full of suspense and grit, you don’t have to be an entrepreneur or political science buff to enjoy it.

3. Property Brothers

The two Property Brothers are a real estate agent and a contractor who help clients find fixer-upper homes, and then renovate them to turn them into their dream homes. Now how is a home improvement show relevant at all to an entrepreneur? It’s all about looking farther, beyond what appears before you now (a.k.a. a really unattractively outdated house, in this case), and finding opportunity where other’s see a dead-end. It’s about stretching your money and making the most of your funds. Also, it’s always a pleasure to watch the transformation from fixer-upper house to beautiful dream home.

4. How I Made My Millions

This CNBC series takes big name companies, and gives you the backstory of how they all started. Even huge successful companies had to start somewhere. You’ll get to see familiar brands and the passions of their founders, how they grew, and what drove them to get to where they are now. This show is motivating and inspirational, and you might even find it easy to relate to.

5. Selling New York

This glamorous television show stars 3 real estate agents in NYC doing multimillion dollar deal after multimillion dollar deal. You get a sense of how these people negotiate and close these deals, how they play the market, and how they interact with their clients. These people are the elite of the elite and you can bet they know how to do business. And well, you also get a sneak peek into some of New York’s hottest real estate; because let’s face it — who doesn’t want to poke around a bunch of incredibly luxurious New York lofts?