It’s probably an understatement to say that I’m a HUGE Shameless fan. I’m obsessed. I don’t know what it is, but something about the south side of Chicago, alcoholism and family chaos just pulls at my heartstrings. Plus, Kevin + Veronica + Svetlana = #relationshipgoals, am I right or am I right?
While many themes in the show resonate with me, I’ve recently been fascinated by their focus on entrepreneurship. For those who watch the HBO show, you know that the main character, Fiona, recently became inspired by the owner of the restaurant she manages, Patsy’s. The owner, Margot, owns half of the properties in south side, which means nothing to Fiona until she learns that she’s a high school dropout just like her.
And if Margot can get rich with no high school education, own her own properties, and have a net worth of $26 million, why can’t Fiona?
Two episodes later and Fiona decides to buy the laundromat across the street from Patsy’s. She comes to the conclusion that she wants to be a business owner too and make something of her life.
Margot comes by Patsy’s later that day to get some lunch, and Fiona tells her that she just bought a business. “Do you have any advice for first-time owners?” Fiona asks enthusiastically.
Margot looks at her, scoffs, and says “Don’t do it. Don’t go through with it. Everyone comes to me asking for business advice, but the truth is, most don’t have the balls to make it happen. They just aren’t willing to do what it takes. Owning your own business is hard. Being an employee is much, much easier. Stick with being an employee.”
I wish it didn’t take a raunchy HBO show like Shameless to make me realize this, but it suddenly hit me: Margot is right. The vast majority of people are not cut out for the entrepreneurial path that lies ahead.