In a good interview on Motley Fool Money, Dave Ramsey, talking about minding your money said,
The average millionaire can't tell you got thrown off the island but a bunch of broke people can.
This resonated with me because like some idiotic moth in search of a flame I actually watched part of the Survivor finale a few weeks ago. It was impressive storytelling that even though I hadn't followed the season I was still sucked in for a good thirty minutes and one challenge, rooting for one person to win over another. And unimpressive self-control
My first experience with the 'glass teat' was in Stephen King's On Writing where he writes "reading takes time and the glass teat takes too much of it."
You could substitute anything for reading in what King is saying. Exercise takes time, being prudent financially takes time, learning takes time, playing with my kids takes time and the glass teat takes too much of it.
I've had a rule that if a show is about a job then I don't need to watch it. Are cooks cooking and realtors selling and storage unit auction buyers buying storage units at auction? Then I don't need to be there. But there's so many, it's like zombies. Reality television about jobs has grown like the zombie apocalypse.
So I'm going to try my restaurant rule when watching television. Watch only the things that are worth watching. That means no Law and Order and absolutely no reality shows about people doing their jobs.