I have always been fascinated by competition. I especially love elite athletics. I love the Olympics! I’m astounded that some people choose to dedicate themselves to a pursuit and that among those people, some rise to the very top of their game. I’m amazed that some people have the drive to be the very best in the world at what they do.
The main reason I love Dragons’ Den is because Canadian entrepreneurs offer us tangible business lessons week after week. After each episode this season, I have written about a lesson learned–for better or for worse–from an entrepreneur who pitched the Dragons.
Months ago I learned that Canadian mompreneur, Karyn Climans founder of Tail Wags, was going to make a reappearance in the Den. So it was with great anticipation that I watched last night’s Second Chances episode. Entrepreneurs who had unsuccessfully pitched the Dragons in past seasons were given an opportunity to plead their cases again.
The take-away from this week’s episode of Dragons’ Den reinforces one of our long-held beliefs: There is nothing wrong with starting small. In business, starting small can mean flexibility, control and even freedom. One woman we interviewed for Mom Inc. told us, “I never wanted to be so tied to my business that I couldn’t walk away from it if I needed to.” For better or for worse, the benefits are starting small were evident in tonight’s show.
This weekend I’ll be eating turkey three times. Yep, that’s right – three times. This brings me a certain mixture of pleasurable anticipation (yummy food) and fear (gaining 8 lbs worth of pumpkin pie!). With all of this thanksgiving going on, I can’t help but think about the things for which I should actually give thanks. I’ve got it pretty good. In fact, my gratitude cup runneth over. So here’s what I’m grateful for, in no particular order, after the first two.
One of the reasons I love Dragons’ Den is because it’s so relatable. If you’ve dabbled in entrepreneurship, you will see yourself reflected in many of the stories that appear on screen. There were three great business lessons in tonight’s show. The proof is in the pudding
Regrettably, work and back-to-school have hindered my reality tv viewing – but I’m caught up now and loved the season opener of Dragons’ Den. I’d like to share some of the business lessons I learned from watching.
It doesn’t matter where you sell it – just sell it