I’m a huge fan of Entourage. It’s a shame that the show is only 30 minutes long and it’s coming to an end this summer. I’ve watched every season, glued to the TV, waiting to see what would happen to the characters. Vince, Drama, Turtle, E, Lloyd, Billy Walsh and of course Ari were more than fictional TV characters, they became part of my extended virtual family. That’s the power of great story telling.
This season we start at the bottom. I’m betting that the final season will bring forward a great story arc that goes from the brink of despair to the highest of highs (an Oscar?). When you’re a superstar people have a habit of only telling you only good things. The number of fakes who seem to exist only to remind you of how amazing you are, even when it’s not true, could easily fill a football stadium. That’s what the Entourage is supposed to protect against. The Entourage, often starts with family and close friends. They’re people you’ve known all your life and have been around since before you became big, famous, powerful and rich. That’s what makes them genuine, right?
Well, the first episode of the last season, titled, “Home Sweet Home” shows us that even our closest friends…those in the inner circle of the entourage can be disingenuous. Vince, fresh from rehab, is being treated with kid gloves. He has a horrible idea for a movie that all of his beloved entourage tell him is a great idea, for fear they’ll bring him crashing down. When Vince comes to this realization he’s crushed. He can’t believe that those he trusts the most are too afraid to offer him the harsh, but honest truth.
The harsh, but honest truth…I like that concept. I pride myself on being someone who delivers the harsh, but honest truth. This isn’t a one-way street though. If I’m willing to share that type of truth, I need to be willing to receive it as well. In social media, you have to be willing to believe your harshest critic is also your biggest advocate and fan. They are so harsh because they are so passionate. They are disappointed when you underwhelm, because they see your potential to be exceptional. That’s the true test of any relationship, business or personal…the ability to tell someone something harsh, critical and fair, without having the recipient take the feedback as a personal attack.
In personal, in business, in life, those are the people I want to be surrounded by. They’ll help me be better.