Starting a successful business is a dream for many people, as proven by the popularity of ABC's Shark Tank. The hit show can teach us many great lessons about entrepreneurship. When TJ Hale, author of the Ultimate Guide to Getting on Shark Tank and I asked former Shark Tank contestants to share their biggest lessons, they generously agreed and candidly shared these 15 valuable business lessons learned from bravely putting their businesses in front of "the sharks."
1. Validation Matters Having successful entrepreneurs validate your idea, whether they invest or not, gives you a great level of confidence to know whether to move forward or, as the sharks say, "put it out of it's misery."