“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
As far as years go, 2015 was certainly one of my favourites. I’m grateful for a number of accomplishments and adventures, but truthfully everything else pales in comparison to being a part of one of the most popular programmes on television.
I have interviewed candidates from all walks of life, but The Apprentice was very unique because there was so much on the line. Not only was the prize life-changing, but the group of talent really was top notch, and my job was to find the weakest competitor in a room filled with accomplished hopefuls. The finalists weren’t just competing to be a potential show winner, but ultimately, to hold a partnership with Lord Sugar that could potentially extend well into the future.
Looking back on the show and being labeled “Queen of Mean,” is not all that surprising to me, because I did have to be so thorough with their business plans to properly vet the candidates. There just was no time for the “bullshit!
As I reflect back on my decision to be a part of The Apprentice, I’m thrilled that the experience exceeded any expectations I had. I really enjoyed meeting with the final five, and connecting with the fans was definitely the icing on the cake. Job well done to all the finalists and of course to the well-deserved winner, Joseph Valente.
Some of the best opportunities in life are unexpected and require an adventurous mind. The Apprentice was all of those things; and true to form, one of the highlights of my career. I’m excited to see what this year holds, and I’ll do my best to live up to the #QueenofMean title!