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Five things to enjoy from ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’

Feb 12. 2021
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By THE NATION

Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship recently announced that the inaugural season of its upcoming reality television spinoff, “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” is scheduled to air this March, and already, the sports and entertainment spheres are buzzing with excitement.

“The Apprentice” is one of the biggest non-scripted television franchises in history. Fans of the show love it for its intense boardroom scenes, fiery business competitions, and its accurate depiction of the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship.

What sets the ONE Championship version apart from the classic, however, is the addition of physical challenges, where 16 candidates will compete alongside and against some of the biggest names in martial arts. The promotion is touting it as the “toughest” version of “The Apprentice” yet.

Obscured in the cinematic sequences is a plethora of learnings you can pick up, just by watching. Here are five things audiences will get from watching “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.”

1) Time is of the essence

“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” offers viewers intense reality scenes with high drama, usually forced upon by artificial time constraints. Because everything is stressful when the clock is ticking. Obviously, it’s must-watch television and producers need that drama to escalate with the right crescendo to fully captivate and engage audiences. There is, indeed, a worldly truth to it.

We all work with deadlines in real life, so that aspect is completely relatable. As the candidates race against the clock to accomplish tasks and check off their objectives, we learn that time is really of the essence when it comes to high-stakes business. 

It’s the same in real life. For most of us, that just means skipping lunch or losing a couple of hours of sleep. You can’t just move your deadlines because the job is difficult. You just have to get things done at any cost.

2) Real-world competition is cutthroat

The world of business is undoubtedly cutthroat. Anyone who has ever worked in corporate in their lives can surely attest to that fact. People are in constant competition with each other, clawing their way to the top, sometimes at the expense of their colleagues.

Candidates on “The Apprentice” are traditionally bold and outspoken, with very powerful and dominant personalities. Giving way can sometimes be perceived as weakness. With such a diverse mix of temperaments, conflict is almost guaranteed to arise.

In order to be successful and work together, however, you have to possess the ability to diffuse tension. You will need to learn how to resolve conflict professionally and effectively, sometimes in high pressure situations, and before you can move on to complete the job. Otherwise, everything will fall apart at the seams.

“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” is much of the same in this regard. The cast of 16 all come from different backgrounds, but are also all vying for a massive $250,000 job offer to work as ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s protege in Singapore. 

3) The small things matter

“The Apprentice” puts candidates in very tough situations, faced with seemingly impossible problems. It takes a great amount of intelligence, willpower, and business savvy as it is to complete the tasks, let alone win the challenges.

When a particular challenge goes sideways, however, you will often find candidates on the show distracted by trivial tasks, such as who gets to scribble on the whiteboard, or moving chairs around at a meeting, for example. Things that appear to not really matter too much in the grand scheme of things.

While it’s definitely important to take a few steps back and readjust your focus on the bigger picture, “The Apprentice” teaches us that small things do have weight. Some tasks, though appearing to be small and insignificant, are actually needed in order to ensure the job runs smoothly.

As they say, the devil is in the details.

4) Take responsibility for your own failures

Responsibility is a very big word, and it’s a word that a lot of people either avoid or shy away from. “The Apprentice” has seen a myriad of its candidates throughout the show’s history try to weasel their way out of a sticky situation by blaming their colleagues or external factors for their mistakes. It’s definitely entertaining to watch them jockey around, pointing fingers and throwing each other under the bus. But that’s not the way it works in the real world.

In the real world, you have to be responsible for your failures just as much as you celebrate your wins.

In fact, fans will find out quickly enough that one of the most important mantras ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has often reiterated in his career is that failure is one of the greatest teachers in life. You have to take responsibility for your own failures, because that’s what it means to be a professional.

5) Communication is king

Last but not least, “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” stresses the importance of communication. Oftentimes, when teams fail a challenge, it’s because there was a breakdown in communication. Poor communication leads to a host of problems.

How many times have we been in situations where heads clash and people argue at a difference of opinion? This happens so many times because most individuals, especially on this show, feel their opinion or input is the most important, hence their voice needs to be the loudest. Of course, that won’t sit well with everyone, and it eventually causes friction.

In the real world, successful teams are ones who communicate well with each other. Great companies encourage people to collaborate and work together, and this involves effective communication with colleagues.

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