The general feeling is mean-spirited now. It's sneering and snide. Crass insults from people taking very little risk who now mock people who are risking it all. What was once about dreamers with big ideas looking for a little help in the right direction has just become a parade of bankers, asking what's in it for them and then rolling their eyes at anything that isn't a surefire hit.
Kevin O'Leary thinks the fact that 85 rich people hold the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion will motivate the impoverished to become the next Bill Gates. To say 85 people serve as "the motivation" everyone else needs to be the next Bill Gates is to admit that you've never spent time with anybody who makes less than $60,000 a year.
Dear Kevin O'Leary, building a personal brand takes time and I must start this note by congratulating you for the work that you have done thus far! But, there's just the little, tiny, smallest of small challenge of you being universally known as a one-note wonder, an annoying, small man with a huge ego -- that could be an issue. Trust me, Kev, I am sure that with some humility, good deeds and follow-through we can put some gas in your tank and start to build that ever-important legacy brand.
Kevin O'Leary is no rebel or outsider operating at the edges of society. He, in fact, operates at the top, much as a parasite does on its host. Does that make O'Leary a bad man? Not if we see him as merely a symptom of who we are -- a nation entranced by reality TV. The problem is, with a daily media diet of this kind of tripe, we and our society overlook the real issues.
In Kevin O'Leary's new show, "Redemption Inc.," he promotes himself as a hero to the poor, criminalized, disenfranchised. He unquestioningly relies on market-driven clichés -- as he tells the woman who he sends home in the first episode: "You have to ask yourself, 'What can I do to make myself better and help the people I work for?'"