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If you haven’t heard of “Shark Tank” by now, it’s time to come out from under that rock.

Not only is the reality show a hit, but the business investors known as the “sharks” have become quite the celebrities. (They’re also very, very successful business people, we might add. We’re talking self-made millionaires and

So it’s no wonder why millions of people tune in to the reality show
to see what advice – nice and not so nice (we’re looking at you, Mr. Wonderful!) – the sharks will give to the hopeful entrepreneurs.

But you don’t have to binge watch the show to benefit from their wise words. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite bits of advice from the sharks to entrepreneurs and small business owners. (Most of their best hits come off-camera, anyway!)

Whether you are just starting out in your business or making billions like the sharks, we think you’ll find their advice very inspirational.

So without further ado, here are 10 things entrepreneurs and small business owners can learn from the Shark Tank sharks:

1. Believe in yourself.


2. Learn from the setbacks.


3. Don’t dwell on failure.
Quote 3 4. Focus on what matters.Quote 45. Make strategic goals.
Quote 96. Waiting for perfection can be its own form of procrastination.
Quote 5 7. Never stop listening.
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8. Work hard.

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9. Be your own best salesperson.

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10. Last, but definitely not least – don’t forget the most important aspect of all: your customers.

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There you have it: the best advice from the sharks to entrepreneurs. As Lori said, you are wise when you listen to those with experience.

Now, we know being an entrepreneur can be quite challenging. Contact us to learn about how we can help you find HR solutions to your business challenges. We’ll handle your human resource issues, such as compensation, recruiting and employee paperwork so that you can focus on what you do best: running your business.


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about the author: Amy Letke

Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success.

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  • Cherrice Bryant

    commented on December 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Excellent advice to those starting their own business and just wanting to grow and expand in their career! It always starts within!