Dancing with the Stars 2017 and 3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs

dancing with the stars and lessons for entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs must ABL Always Be Learning and the new lineup for “Dancing with the Stars,” one of today’s top news stories has 3 lessons for entrepreneurs.

One of the best things about the times we live in is that there are lessons everywhere. I am a big believer in the idea that you can learn something new every day if you try. We don’t have to go to school or read textbooks in order to get great business tips. Often, you can find them in surprising places. “Dancing with the Stars” has started a new season is and entrepreneurs  should pay attention to because it teaches:


  • There is always a fun new thing to try
  • It is fun to take a second bite at the apple
  • Surprises are fun


There is always a fun new thing to try

Many of the participants in “Dancing with the Stars” state one of the reasons they participate is because it seems like fun. Entrepreneurs are often so busy working and engaging in money-making activities that they forget to take a moment to enjoy life and have fun.  Almost everyone has heard the old expression, “All work and no play makes Johnnie a dull boy.” It is an expression entrepreneurs should keep in mind. You will be more interesting, relatable and likable if you have interests, hobbies and activities outside of work. Look for fun, new things to do and try on a regular basis.

It is fun to take a second bite at the apple

Some participants on “Dancing with the Stars” have not been popular celebrities for a number of years. For them, the show is a second chance at having fame. This is a great lesson for entrepreneurs. It is common for an entrepreneur to fail at business more than once. It is also not uncommon for a person to come to entrepreneurship after other careers. It is important to remember that success as an entrepreneur can come as a second choice or a second opportunity. Entrepreneurship can be wonderful the second time around.


Surprises are fun

Another interesting thing about “Dancing with the Stars” is that sometimes the winner is an absolute surprise. Entrepreneurship can be full of surprises. Often things you thought would make you millions flop and flop hard. Or the products and services you thought would flop become your best sellers. The fact that entrepreneurship is full of surprises is a great thing and some of those surprises can be a lot of fun.

As this story shows lessons for entrepreneurs can be found in all kinds of places. So, the question for smart entrepreneurs this what is the last thing you learned from a television show?

March Madness and 3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs

March Madness and 3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs



Entrepreneurs must ABL Always Be Learning and March Madness and the Sweet Sixteen, one of today’s top news stories has 3 lessons for entrepreneurs.


Every March the country is all abuzz with thoughts of college basketball. College campuses are in hyper drive.  School students are assigned geography reports based on college rankings. Offices all over the country fill out pools trying to guess who will be the eventual winner.  Entrepreneurs should pay attention to this story because there are 3 lessons for entrepreneurs found in this story. These lessons are:


  • People love dependable things
  • You cannot guarantee results based on someone else’s performance
  • Sometimes, the winner is a surprise



People love dependable things


March Madness is a phenomenon people have come to depend upon. It is so reliable department stores have sales scheduled around the basketball tournament. The most successful entrepreneurs are those that customers can depend upon. Unpredictability has its place. The quality of the products and services you provide should be dependable and reliable. Your office hours and location should be dependable. Your concern and appreciation for your customers should be dependable.


You cannot guarantee results based on someone else’s performance


Lots of trash talk flows around the March Madness tournaments. People talk about which team will win and why.  Interestingly, no one can guarantee how players on a particular team will perform. It is nit a good practice to guarantee end results based on the performance of people you cannot control. As an entrepreneur, you must rely on other people for a variety of things. However, it is important not to make customers promises based on things that are beyond your control.



Sometimes, the winner is a surprise


One of the most exciting things about the March Madness tournament is that sometimes the winner is an absolute surprise. There is always some team that comes out of nowhere and walks off with the prize.  Similar things happen in business every day. Small start-ups enter the scene and become dominate forces in the market. No matter what the size of your own business, no matter how long you have been in business, be encouraged because you can win.

March Madness shows entrepreneurs a few interesting ways to look at their businesses. So, the question for smart entrepreneurs this magnificent day is what will you learn from the March Madness phenomenon?

Define Success and Live It

love life and live it by Maya Angelou


“Success is loving life and daring to live it.” Maya Angelou

Women’s History Month is a great time to look at the words of Maya Angelou and the lessons they have for entrepreneurs. This quote has two lessons for entrepreneurs. These lessons are:

  • You must define success for yourself
  • Success is meant to be enjoyed


You must define success for yourself

One of my favorite definitions of success comes from Merriam-Webster – favorable or desired outcome. I like the idea of success being the achievement of my desired outcome. Of course, my desired outcome is different from the desired outcome of other entrepreneurs. For example, I am an entrepreneur with a spouse, children and a dog. Success for me means a work day that ends in time for me to enjoy quality time with my children. Other entrepreneurs may define success as working from sun-up to almost sun-up again. Still other entrepreneurs call success being able to work three hours a day.

Question: Which of us is correct?

Answer: All of us. Success is something you define for yourself. No one else can do it for you. Do not worry about how other people define success. Their success does not guarantee your success. Their success also does not keep you from the success you desire. You are the sole arbiter of what success is in your life.


Success is meant to be enjoyed


Often it takes a lot of work to succeed. It is not easy to go from dream to dream come true and reality. Many entrepreneurs get exhausted as they work towards success. Often there are late nights, weekends at work and vacations spent at the computer as one goes from dream to success. For many entrepreneurs constantly working becomes a habit. The entrepreneurs spend so much time doing nothing but working that they almost forget everything else. Once these entrepreneurs get to what they define as success, they continue what got them to success. This means they continue to work all day every day to the exclusion of all else. This is a sad thing. It shouldn’t be.

Success is something that should be enjoyed. When I picture success, enjoying the fruits of my labor I picture thick slices of cinnamon raisin bread toast slathered with soft creamy butter. I see myself taking a slice of that bread and taking a bite. I feel the soft raisins in my teeth and I feel the creamy soft butter on my tongue. A day when a can sit down and enjoy a wonderful slice of cinnamon raisin toast and not worry about having to do anything else is a great day. That is a successful day.

In other words, success is meant to be enjoyed not looked past. Success is a destination. It is a place to stop, smell the roses and enjoy the situation. When you reach the success you desire, do not simply run off to the next thing. Stop, literally stop and take the time to enjoy the fact that you have succeeded.

They say those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Entrepreneurs who want to succeed should ABL aka Always be Learning. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, what lesson do you think a smart entrepreneur can learn from the suggestion that success if loving life and daring to live it?


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