Work Lessons We Have Learned from ‘The Bachelor’

1. First impressions are important.

The first impression rose is given to a contestant the Bachelor/Bachelorette feels an immediate connection with. This ensures that the contestant will stay on the show for at least another episode. While employers don’t usually hand out flowers to their favorite potential employees, first impressions can often make or break potential employment. A firm handshake, big smile, and pleasant conversation can go a long way in the business world and may even land you your dream job.

2. Dress to impress.

Contestants on ‘The Bachelor’ always look put together especially for the rose ceremonies, arguably the most important part of the show. This same rule applies for job interviews and working at a business. Dressing the part right off the bat gives you a professional look and may give you the confidence you need to ace any of your work related activities.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to take a risk.

The Bachelor is known for taking contestants on some pretty extravagant dates. From bungee jumping to horseback riding to deep sea diving, contestants are expected to go along with these wild ideas and smile while doing it. The same is true for risks you may want to take at work. Have a great idea for a new social media campaign? Have an idea on something that would save your company a lot of time? Don’t be afraid to present your ideas to your coworkers and supervisors. The worst that could happen is they say no. The best thing that could happen is you invoke real, lasting improvement to your company.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others.

It often seems like contestants on ‘The Bachelor’ are always competing and comparing themselves to each other. That can be incredibly toxic and often brings out the worst in the contestants while millions of people are watching… not a good look. The same is true in the workplace. It can be incredibly difficult to not compare your success to someone else’s but it’s so important to remember everyone is on their own, unique, personal journey. If you’re spending a majority of your time comparing yourself to someone else, that is valuable time you could have spent thinking of ways to better yourself. Everyone has their own unique journey so just follow and work hard at yours.

5. Think before you speak.

This one can be difficult. The stressful, competitive environment of ‘The Bachelor’ can bring out some sassy, rude comments from the contestants on the show. Their one moment of weakness is unfortunately caught on camera and shown to millions of viewers. Lucky for you, that isn’t the case at work. Choosing our words carefully, whether it be with a demanding boss or annoying coworker, can really set the tone for the kind of environment we work in. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” is a cliché for a reason.

6. Stay positive.

Emotions tend to run wild in The Bachelor Mansion and for many contestants emotional break downs are inevitable. However, those who choose to stay positive and focus on the good really do make it much further along in the show than those who are constantly complaining or just focusing on the bad. The same can be true in the workplace. It can be easy to want to complain about your job. Deadlines need to be met. Work needs to be done. And you only have so many hours in a day, but staying positive and knowing everything will work out will not only positively impact you but also those around you. Happiness is contagious so be the one spreading it!

7. Be open and honest from the beginning.

Throughout all 20+ seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ viewers constantly hear phrases like “It’s hard for me to open up but I feel like I can with you” or “Thank you for being so honest with me.” Contestants are expected to put their heart (and sanity) on the line in front of millions of viewers in hopes of finding love. This can be intimidating but it is also important in not just your personal life but also your professional life. Letting your potential employer know what you expect out of your job whether it be good pay, benefits, or opportunity for advancement; you’ll be thankful you were honest about it from the beginning.

8. Be yourself.

This might be the most important lesson for not just work but life in general. ‘The Bachelor’ is a dramatic reality t.v. show obviously but also the people on it are real. The contestants who are real and genuine from the beginning are the ones viewers support and often the ones who make it the farthest on the show. The same can be said in the work place. Many people are at work 40 plus hours a week so not being your true, genuine self would just get exhausting. You have certain qualities and skills that no one else can bring to the table. It is important to remember that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, staying true to the amazing person you are is always a good idea.

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