I’ve learnt so much from Shark Tank. The way people present, the way they negotiate, how they answer, how prepared they are, etc. The sharks also provide so much insights to how to grow a business, what traits is good, and tips about managing and growing a company. Also, I learnt that there is a difference between a hobby and business, company and product. And not every company needs an investor. It is both a motivational push and a wake up call.
Today, I found out something new. The people/presenters/entrepreneurs have outstanding background. They are phenomenal and such an inspiration. This guy went to MIT and did a double in Physics and Biology, Masters in Chem Engine and now PhD. Another lady single-handedly brought a company to a whole new level and she is a pilot in the air force and did tons of things. There are also so many other amazing people out there and it’s like a wake up call. People can succeed everywhere!
It’s funny because the media has been promoting entrepreneurs as “drop outs” and “failures in school”. In actual fact, there are so many who are successes in school and continue to be one after graduation! I’ve been dreading school for a long time because sometimes it’s too structural. Nonetheless, I am constantly reminded of how important education is. Yes, it teaches you some hard skills but more importantly, it teaches Discipline, Perseverance and Determination. Even if you hate your prof, you hate the subject, it’s too difficult, keep going. It will eventually pay off. I get so touched when I see those people who are so successful and I just want to be like them.
Another thing about Shark Tank is how small it makes you feel. I feel so lousy as a little 21 year old, still finding my way. I also feel bad that I don’t have such amazing entrepreneurial exposure and adventures when I was young. I could probably go way further now, but I am still here. I feel sad sometimes. Then again, I can’t compare by chapter 1 to others’ chapter 20.
Lastly, there is a lot of hard work behind all the smiles and glamour, people just don’t know. The amount of research, sleepless nights, information, communication, figures, data, qualitative information, everything. People don’t care about all these. They just want to hear the summary and conclusion. But that doesn’t mean it’s useless! It’s equally important because explaining all these gives one an expert power.
I’ve learnt so much about presentation styles especially. I didn’t notice it until now, when I’m typing here. The way people present, they way they sell, their voices, pitches, outfit, confidence, charisma. I would think it all comes naturally but I’m sure they did tons of practices there too.
Keep going. Like what they say, keep doing what you’re doing. You’ll get there.