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What they don't show on reality TV shows are years of toil and hard work people like Donald Trump or Richard Branson invested to get to where they are. They don't show it on TV, but Trump still gets up at 5 in morning and gets only about 4 hours of sleep each day. You'll probably never see a reality TV show where someone works hard for years -- coming in to office early and leaving late -- perhaps going for long periods without getting recognition from their peers. Remember, even in Trump's case, he was written off in early 90s and considered a business failure when his bankers abruptly stopped backing his business ventures. Most successful people are somehow able to keep performing at a high level - putting in a lot of hours and making smart decisions - even when they're not in limelight.
There's a temptation in our society to leave things to chance or to look for an easy way out. But if you really want to be successful in United States, you've got to realize that it's not about chance and make a decision to take control of your future. The real reality is that career success usually isn't glamarous and it would never be shown on a TV show. It's about putting in that extra effort and pushing yourself to higher levels of achievement.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.