Entourage: Boys will be boys

Posted on November 3, 2009

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My latest obsession is the HBO series Entourage. My friends have been trying to get me to watch it for years and I finally got around to giving it a try. In its 6th season, Entourage is about a 4 friends from Queens, NY living the Hollywood life in LA thanks to the superstardom of one the characters. It’s basically the male version of Sex in the City. The lifestyle of a superstar is completely indulgent and so narcissistic that very few of us can relate. Being a cable show, it’s pretty rough and not intended for younger audiences- boys will be boys afterall.

Amidst the decadent and self obsessive lifestyle, I found something deeper that really touched me and kept me hooked. There is something that runs deeper than money, possession, or status; it’s loyalty. Each character is flawed, immature, and impulsive, however they are committed to each other’s success over anything else. Sure it’s often times not the healthiest circumstances (sometimes destructive!) but their genuine sense of family keeps them going. None of their individual successes would mean anything without the support and celebration of their inner circle. They even slowdown or sacrifice if it meant leaving a comrade behind. It reminded me of a great quote:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

At the end of the day, all you have is your relationships. Your highest valued commodity in life is trust. Without trust, you have nothing. As a creative leader, your circumstances will often change from seasons of wealth to seasons of famine. The one thing that will carry you through is your relationships. Take a moment to consider the depth of your relationships. Are you committed to the success and progress of your friends? Do you genuinely consider the needs of your friends more important than your own? Do you try to change your peers more than be changed yourself? And most importantly, do you create a ‘safe’ environment for your inner circle?

Very few of us will ever be rich enough to buy million dollar homes or drive around Maseratis. However, if you can develope a trusted inner circle of friendships, it will bring you real wealth that will last a lifetime.

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