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Kyle Bergman of Swoveralls: 5 Important Business Lessons I Learned While Being On Shark Tank

Be kind to yourself — While I was bummed I didn’t make a deal, I learned not to beat myself up over it. I did and said everything I wanted to, and have no regrets for how my episode went down. The amount of variables involved in any given goal makes chance a critical part of the game we play. Understanding that luck and timing are valid factors that can be your best friend and worst enemy is important, but also know that in order to get lucky you have to continue to show up….and so I’m a big believer in the old saying that the harder you work the luckier you get.

  1. Life is about who you know — Knowing your numbers is important, but being
  2. Be kind to yourself — While I was bummed I didn’t make a deal, I learned not to beat myself up over it. I did and said everything I wanted to, and have no regrets for how my episode went down. The amount of variables involved in any given goal makes chance a critical part of the game we play. Understanding that luck and timing are valid factors that can be your best friend and worst enemy is important, but also know that in order to get lucky you have to continue to show up….and so I’m a big believer in the old saying that the harder you work the luckier you get.
  3. Enjoy the journey — The shark tank journey lasted about 9 months from the moment I was introduced to the casting producer to the moment it aired on TV. I am glad I took some moments on the way to stop and just let the experience sink in. You only get to the top of the mountain you’re climbing once, but you can pause so many times along the way and be proud of yourself for how far you’ve come. I can and will still do that more often.
  4. Go after your ideas — I made it to Shark Tank because a friend sent me an article about sweatpant overalls. It seems crazy, but much crazier things have happened with much bigger outcomes. It’s incredibly empowering to see a dream realized, and the best part is that it will give you a ton of positive momentum in building on the traction and success and network you will have built. The hardest step is often the first one, but if you want to do something bad enough, then I think you can do it!

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Yitzi Weiner

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator